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Spatial, Visual Rhetoric Meet New Media

Publication: UANews
Date: May 5, 2009

Summary: The First Year Writing Showcase, which incorporates teachings in writing and visual communication, began at the University of Arizona in 2007 and has since seen exponential growth in participation among UA students, faculty, and instructors.


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For three years, the UA program has opened its First Year Writing Showcase to a broader range of faculty and graduate student instructors outside of the Honors College. As part of the showcase, Writing Program staff train instructors to incorporate visual and spatial rhetoric into their English classrooms and in working with students.

"We are responsible for teaching writing to students in the 21st century," said Anne-Marie Hall, director of the UA's Writing Program and co-director of the Southern Arizona Writing Project.

And, at the semester's end, their students must complete a project showcasing their interpretation of how text and image placement can interact. That means understanding how information is collected, disseminated and arranged.

Copyright © 2009 Arizona Board of Regents. Reprinted with permission.
Everett-Haynes, La Monica. 2009. "Spatial, Visual Rhetoric Meet New Media ." The University of Arizona Office of University Communications , April 30.

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