Seeing In/to Pictures:Visual Rhetoric in SWC 100 Delia DeCourcy
Challenges of the E-portfolio• The e-portfolio asks studentsto combine academic writingand new media writing genres.•Academic writing does notvalue the use of images incomposition. New mediawriting does.•Where/how does the use ofimage fit into the creation ofthe e-portfolio?
Rationale for a Visual Rhetoric Focus Visual rhetoric is an essential aspect of writing today in popular/mainstream contexts (web sites, blogs, journalism) Images are significant to the presentation and argument of the e-portfolio. How students conceive of themselves as writers is both textual and visual. Fertile ground for writing—the expert factor. Students are as adept, if not more adept, at analyzing images as they are traditional print texts.
Assignments Writing Self-Assessment with Collage Website Evaluation Digital Photo Essay Analysis Writing Philosophy 4 Reflection Papers Introduction to the E-port
Website Evaluation•Identify site’s argument.•Evaluate the quality of content, image, design andarchitecture.•Use screen shots as visual evidence.•Consider the criteria for effective websites in designof own e-portfolio.
Digital Photo Essay Analysis•Analyze the use of image, text, and audio in a digitalphoto essay to create an argument.•Perform a close reading of a few particular imagesand the accompanying text or audio.•Use images as visual evidence.
Writing Philosophy•First-person piece that combines argument andnarrative.•Based on NPR’s “This I Believe.”•Use image as a means of representing andstructuring the piece on your e-portfolio.