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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Visual rhetoric assignments allow students a space to practice rhetorical design with a specific audience in mind. When used in concordance with traditional writing assignments, these visual multimedia projects (such as flyers and infographics) can be a useful way for college writing teachers to build rhetorical awareness, which is one of the objectives of first-year college composition courses.
This project examines the use of visual rhetoric assignments within a concurrent enrollment college writing course. Students in the course created a community-based proposal, including flyers, infographics, and a final essay. By examining these assignments for evidence of critical digital literacies (decoding, meaning making, using, analyzing, and persona), the researchers investigated how the visual projects promoted student thinking about their audience in their designs and how composition teachers could use visual assignments, in combination with traditional writing assignments in college composition courses.
Plaizier, Amanda J., "Visualizing Rhetorical Awareness: Building Critical Digital Literacies Practices With Visual Rhetoric in First-Year College Composition" (2023). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations, Fall 2023 to Present. 37.
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