Books, articles, and reports published by Digital Life Institute members.

Developing Digital Literacy

Kenyan Burnham, Jason Tham

Journal Article: Digital literacy is an ongoing area of inquiry and research in technical and professional communication (TPC) pedagogy. This article reports the findings from an analysis of assignment designs and deployments, complemented by student and instructor reflections on the use of a digital archive in digital literacy development. Programmatic Perspectives, vol 12 issue 2.

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Interrogating Alexa: Holding voice assistants accountable for their answers

Daniel L. Hocutt

Conference Paper: This paper reports on a preliminary comparative study of Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant voice assistants (VA) that explores the origins of answers provided on each platform in an attempt to determine the extent that these origins influence responses.  From Proceedings of the 39th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication.

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Learning About Metadata and Machines: Teaching Students Using a Novel Structured Database Activity

Andrew Iliadis , Tony Liao , Isabel Pedersen , and Jing Han

Journal Article: Machines produce and operate using complex systems of metadata that need to be cata- logued, sorted, and processed. Many students lack the experience with metadata and sufficient knowl- edge about it to understand it as part of their data literacy skills. This paper describes an educational and interactive database activity designed for teaching undergraduate communication students about the creation, value, and logic of structured data. Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2021, Vol. 4, 152-165

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Fostering student digital literacy through The Fabric of Digital Life

Davis, K., Stambler, D., Veeramoothoo, S., Ranade, N., Hocutt, D., Tham, J., Misak, J., Duin, A. H., & Pedersen, I.

Journal Article: Defining literacy in the writing classroom is a difficult project. Pedagogical scholarship voices a need to understand literacy as literacies, or as plural, multidimensional, or multilayered. Multidimensional literacies present a need for multidimensional instructional models, yet there is no innovative model for building digital literacy. In this article we provide assignments implemented in several writing courses as part of the BDL project. We hope to highlight how instructors can develop assignments that engage students with the multiple literacies needed to be successful critical thinkers in their personal and professional digital lives. Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy.

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Design Thinking in Technical Communication

Jason C.K. Tham

Book: This book explicates the relationships between design thinking, critical making, and socially responsive technical communication. It leverages the recent technology-powered DIY culture called “the Maker Movement” to identify how citizen innovation can inform cutting-edge social innovation that advocates for equitable change and progress on today’s “wicked” problems.

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Writing Futures: Collaborative, Algorithmic, Autonomous

Ann Hill Duin and Isabel Pedersen

Book: This collection explores the future of writing. As non-human agents and artificial intelligences (AI) disrupt all writing fields and professions, human writers have to adapt.

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Connectivism for writing pedagogy: Strategic networked approaches to promote international collaborations and intercultural learning

JasonTham, Ann HillDuin, Saveena (Chakrika)Veeramoothoo, Brandi J.Fuglsby

Journal Article: Global learning promotes intercultural understanding among learners and their nodes. Students use networked technologies to connect with other students located in various parts of the world. Students interact to co-construct knowledge and respond to unique situations collaboratively. Connectivism is a strategic theory that leverages the availability of distributed knowledge.

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A future so close: Mapping 10 years of promises and futures across the augmented reality development cycle

Tony Liao, Andrew Iliadis

Journal Article: New Media & Society. This study analyzes two futures data sets to understand 10 years of futures surrounding AR.

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The Rhetoric, Science, and Technology of 21st Century Collaboration

Ann Hill Duin, Jason Tham, Isabel Pedersen

Book chapter: Effective teaching of technical communication: Theory, practice and application, M. Klein (Editor)

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Metaphors, mental models, and multiplicity: Understanding student perception of digital literacu

Jason Tham, Kenyan Degles, Burnham, Daniel L. Hocutt, Nupoor Ranade, John Misak, Ann Hill Duin, Isabel Pedersen, Jessica Lynn Campbell

Journal Article: Computers and Composition 59 (2021)

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The Wearable Past: Integrating a Physical Museum Collection of Wearables into a Database of Born-digital Artifacts Digital Studies / Le champ numérique.

Isabel Pedersen, Tom Everrett, Sharon Caldwell

Journal Article: Digital Studies / Le champ numérique. 10(1), 1-12.

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Instructor Roles in Higher Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Kenyan Burnham, Adam Narine, Christopher Trotter

Conference Paper: This study details research currently underway exploring the perceived roles that higher education instructors embody during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of interest to this study-up research, are the ways that instructors evaluate themselves as they pivot from previous modalities into emergency remote instruction and how their response provides insights into emergency continuity strategies. Through teleconferenced interviews, perspectives are transcribed, qualitatively coded through two coding cycles, culminating in an inductively derived insights that provide guidance to instructors and institutions.

From the 38th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication(SIGDOC ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 53, 1–2.

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