Animating composition: 3D computer-generated imaging & technical communication classes

Nikki A Agee, University of Texas at El Paso


This project examines the rhetorical nature of 3D computer-generated imaging (CGI) and investigates how technical communication instructors can integrate it into their classrooms to foster rhetorical awareness of digital and multimodal composing practices; to foster technical communication competencies; and to teach technical communication genres. To justify 3D CGI’s study and use in technical communication classes, the dissertation first overviews 3D CGI’s complex, interdisciplinary history; discusses how professionals across disciplines rhetorically use it; and reviews the lack of scholarship on 3D CGI in Rhetoric and Writing Studies. 3D CGI is next conceptualized as a rhetorical information ecology with micro-, meso-, and macro-levels, and its logics and interface are rhetorically analyzed. Finally, this study reports the results of integrating 3D CGI into three sections of technical communication and offers guidance on best teaching practices.

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Recommended Citation

Agee, Nikki A, "Animating composition: 3D computer-generated imaging & technical communication classes" (2016). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI10118159.