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Claire Lauer

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Assoc Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Research Interests

My research and teaching investigate how communication is changing as the consumption and production of multimedia and visual texts have become more ubiquitous in our culture. The communicative landscape is expanding from being primarily print-based to one that utilizes multiple media, modes (verbal, visual, aural), and technologies to communicate information.  From this landscape, two related strands of my research agenda have emerged: one that examines the terms scholars use to describe the new kinds of digital work done in and out of the classroom; and one that investigates how faculty can help students better acquire visual and multimodal literacies. 

Referreed Publications:

Lauer, Claire. (2014) ‘Expertise with multi/modal/new/visual/digital media technologies desired’:  Tracing composition’s evolving concept of textual production through an analysis of the past twenty years of MLA Job Information List advertisements. Computers and Composition 34, 60-75.

Blythe, S., Lauer, C. & Curran, P. (2014). Professional & technical communication in a Web 2.0 world: A report on a nationwide survey. Technical Communication Quarterly 23,  265-287.

Lauer, Claire., McCloud, M., and Blythe, S. (2013). Online survey design: A Janus-faced approach. Written Communication 30, 330-357.

Lauer, Claire.  (2013) Technology and technical and professional communication through the lens of the MLA Job Information List 1990-2011. Programmatic Perspectives, 5. 4-33.

Lauer, Claire. (2013). Teaching visual communication online: Methods for a changing classroom. Designing Texts: Teaching Visual Communication. Eva Brumberger and Kathryn Norcut (Eds). New York: Baywood P.  117-142.

Lauer, Claire. (2013). Examining the effect of reflective assessment on the quality of visual design.  Technical Communication Quarterly 22. 172-190.

Brumberger, Eva, Lauer, Claire., Northcut, Kathy. (2013).  Technological literacy in the visual communication classroomL Reconciling principles and practice for the whole communicator.  Programmatic Perspectives 5.2, 171-196.  Available at: http://www.cptsc.org/pp/vol5-2/brumbergeretal.pdf.  

Lauer, Claire. (2012).  What's in a Name?: The Anatomy of defining new/multi/modal/digital/media texts.  Kairos 17.1. Available at: http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/17.1/inventio/lauer/index.html

Lauer, Claire & Sanchez, Chris. (2011). Visuospatial thinking in the professional writing classroom. Journal of Business and Technical Communication 25, 184-218.   This article was nominated for the 2013 Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Article on Pedagogy or Curriculum in Technical or Scientific Communication 

Lauer, Claire. (2009).  Contending with terms: Multimodal and multimedia in the academic and public sphere.  Computers and Composition 26.

Lauer, Claire. (2009).  Constructing the self in/as thirdspace: New potentials for identity construction in the composition classroom. Composition Studies 37.2.

 

Accepted Publications:

Lauer, Claire. (forthcoming 2015).  High tech invention: Examining the relationship between idea generation and technology in the document design process. Journal of Business and Technical Communication.
 

Publications/Research in process:

Lauer, Claire. 12 Viewers Viewing: Establishing Models of Document Design Feedback and Assessment in Writing Studies.

Lauer, Claire. & Clark-Oats, A. Developing best practices for the support of multimodal and visual student texts in writing centers.

Lauer, Claire. & Brumberger, E. Current Trends in Industry/Academic Jobs and Workplaces. 

 

Book Reviews:

Lauer, Claire. Rev. Constructing Identities in Online Communities of Practice: A Case Study of Online Learning by Liela Kajee. The Journal of Educational Research 103.01 (2009). 64 - 65.

 

Conference presentations and papers (National, peer reviewed):

“High Tech Invention: Examining the Relationship Between Idea Generation and Technology in the Document Design Process.”  Panel presentation.  Paper presented at Modern Languages Association Conference, Boston, MA, January 2013. 

“What's in a Name?: The Anatomy of a Definining New/Multi/Modal/Digital/Media Texts.”  Panel presentation. Computers and Writing Conference, Raleigh, NC, May 2012.

“The Changing Face of Textual Production in Technical and Professional Communication: Examining the Profession Through the Lens of the MLA Job Information List 1990-2010.” Poster presentation. Association of Teachers of Technical Communication Conference, St. Louis, MO, March 2012.

 “Communicating visually: What a nationwide survey of technical communication alumni can tell us about design tasks and software in the workplace.” Panel presentation. Conference for the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, Harrisonburg, VA, October 2011.

“Reflective Assessment and Visual Design in the Multimodal Classroom.” Panel presentation. Computers and Writing Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, June 2011.

“Visuospatial Thinking in the Professional Writing Classroom.” Panel presentation. Association of Teachers of Technical Communication Conference, Louisville, KY, March 2010.

“Teaching Visual Communication Online: Methods for a Changing Classroom.” Paper presentation. International Visual Literacy Association Conference, Chicago, October 2009

“Composing the Sights and Sounds of Our Histories: Multimodal Writing in the Composition Classroom" Panel presentation. Conference for College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, March 2009.

“A Convergence of Terms: Defining New/Digital/Multi/Modal Media" Panel presentation. Conference for College Composition and Communication, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2008.

“Tinkering with Bricolage" Panel presentation. Conference for College Composition and Communication, New York, New York, March 2007. 

“The Endangered Species of the MOO in Composition.” Panel Presentation. Computers and Writing  2005. Palo Alto, California, June 2005.

"Composition as Thirdspace: Reconceptualizing the Potential of Identity Exploration in the Classroom." Panel presentation. Computers and Writing 2004, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2004.

"Hybrid Energy/Hybrid Texts: Analyzing, Producing, and Evaluating Media and Popular Culture in the Composition Classroom." Panel presentation. Conference for College Composition and Communication, New York, New York, March 2003.

“Worlds Within a World: Power, Proximity, and the Situated Self on the OldPuebloMOO.” Panel presentation. Computers and Writing 2002, Normal, Illinois, May 2002.

“Navigating Identity: Spatial Constructions of the Self in Freshman Composition.” Panel presentation. Conference for College Composition and Communication, Chicago, Illinois, March 2002.

“Disrupting ‘Democratic’ Technology: Lessons Learned, Pedagogies Examined.” Roundtable Presentation. Conference for College Composition and Communication, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 2000.

“A Critical Exploration of Common Assumptions Concerning Computers and Composition.” Roundtable presentation. Conference for College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, Georgia, March 1999.

Research Activity
  • Lauer,Claire*. Writing in the workplace: An investigation of job requirements and expectations for professional writers. CCCC(9/1/2015 - 8/31/2017).
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 411Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 511Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 514Visualizing Data & Information
TWC 590Reading and Conference
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 484Internship
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 414Visualizing Data & Information
TWC 514Visualizing Data & Information
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 411Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 414Visualizing Data & Information
TWC 511Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 514Visualizing Data & Information
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 484Internship
TWC 584Internship
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 414Visualizing Data & Information
TWC 505Research in Tech and Appl Comm
TWC 514Visualizing Data & Information
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 414Visualizing Information
TWC 484Internship
TWC 505Research in Tech and Appl Comm
TWC 514Visualizing Information
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 411Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 414Visualizing Information
TWC 511Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 514Visualizing Information
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 411Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 511Prin of Visual Communication
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 411Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 484Internship
TWC 494Special Topics
TWC 511Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 598Special Topics
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 411Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 494Special Topics
TWC 511Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 598Special Topics
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
TWC 411Prin of Visual Communication
TWC 511Prin of Visual Communication