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E:Portfolios and Digital Identities: Using E-portfolios to examine issues in technical communication

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2011
Abstract/Description:
Technical writing teachers have always struggled with understanding how to best deal with pedagogical issues including rapidly changing technology, audience construction, and transposing an academic ethos into a professional one. The expanding online world complicates these issues by increasing the pace of digital change, making the potential audience both more diffuse and more remote, and creating a more complex online rhetorical situation.E-portfolios provide a vivid way to examine this complex technological situation, and in this study, the author examines four cases of students creating online portfolios in a technical communication classroom. The author looks at both their e-portfolio process as well as their product, interviewing them to get a sense of how they used rhetoric, identity, and technology in an attempt to form a coherent professional presentation through a technological medium. In addition, the author looks at some issues inherent in e-portfolios themselves that may be applicable to a technical communication classroom, as this medium becomes ever more popular as a way of assessing both programs and the students themselves.
Title: E:Portfolios and Digital Identities: Using E-portfolios to examine issues in technical communication.
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Name(s): Moody, Jane, Author
Wallace, David, Committee Chair
Marinara, Martha, Committee Member
Bowdon, Melody, Committee Member
Dziuban, Charles, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Technical writing teachers have always struggled with understanding how to best deal with pedagogical issues including rapidly changing technology, audience construction, and transposing an academic ethos into a professional one. The expanding online world complicates these issues by increasing the pace of digital change, making the potential audience both more diffuse and more remote, and creating a more complex online rhetorical situation.E-portfolios provide a vivid way to examine this complex technological situation, and in this study, the author examines four cases of students creating online portfolios in a technical communication classroom. The author looks at both their e-portfolio process as well as their product, interviewing them to get a sense of how they used rhetoric, identity, and technology in an attempt to form a coherent professional presentation through a technological medium. In addition, the author looks at some issues inherent in e-portfolios themselves that may be applicable to a technical communication classroom, as this medium becomes ever more popular as a way of assessing both programs and the students themselves.
Identifier: CFE0004141 (IID), ucf:49062 (fedora)
Note(s): 2011-12-01
Ph.D.
Arts and Humanities, English
Doctoral
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Subject(s): e-portfolio -- technical communication pedagogy -- rhetoric -- technical communication
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004141
Restrictions on Access: public 2011-12-15
Host Institution: UCF

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