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Rhetorically Rethinking Usability: Theories, Practices, and Methodologies (Susan K. Miller-Cochran a

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Title: Rhetorically Rethinking Usability
Sub-title: Theories, Practices, and Methodologies
Editor(s): Susan K. Miller-Cochran and Rochelle L. Rodrigo
Publish Date: February 2009
Pages: 280
Format: Paper
This collection brings together essays written from a rhetorical perspective that demonstrate how usability studies have impacted theory and practice in rhetoric and composition. The goal is to bring the study of usability into the broader arena of rhetoric and composition and to examine how usability is defined, how rhetorical theories and principles affect our understanding of usability, and how usability can affect our perspectives on writing and writing instruction.

The collection includes essays that address connections between usability and issues such as course design, disability, universality, documentation styles, and pedagogical practice.

Contents: Introduction: Developing Connections Among Rhetoric, Usability, and Writing, Susan K. Miller-Cochran and Rochelle L. Rodrigo. EMERGING CONNECTIONS TO USABILITY STUDIES. Reflections on “Human Computer Interaction Perspectives on Word-Processing Issues”, Patricia Sullivan. Reflections on “The Politics of the Interface: Power and Its Exercise in Electronic Contact Zones”, Cynthia L. Selfe and Richard J. Selfe, Jr. Reflections on “Green Light Doesn’t Mean Hydrology”, Clay Spinuzzi. REDEFINING USERS AND USABILITY. The Rhetoric of Human-Computer Interaction, Thomas Skeen. Educational Usability in Online Writing Courses, Rochelle Rodrigo and Lisa Cahill. Beyond the Universal” The Universe of Users Approach to User-Centered Design, Jennifer L. Bowie. RHETORICAL APPLICATIONS OF USABILITY. Disability, Usability, Universal Design, Jay Dolmage. Usability Testing in the Writing Classroom: Testing Across a Continuum of Instrumentality, Jason Swarts and Shaun Slattery. Usability: Methodology and Design Practices for Writing Processes and Pedagogies, Douglas Eyman. Bibliographic Entries and Usability: Teaching Citation of Electronic Sources, Colleen A. Reilly. Author Index. Subject Index.

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