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Computer pedagogy research

Honeycutt, Lee, and Karen McGrane. "Pedagogical Frameworks for Web Site Design: Rhetoric and Information Architecture," Technical Communication and the World Wide Web. Eds. Michael Day and Carol Lipson, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005: 81-112.

Abstract: In this chapter, we compare and contrast rhetoric and information architecture as frameworks for Web site design, showing how the strengths of each often address the weaknesses of the other. To clarify some of the differences between these two approaches, we first of all define each perspective and describe some of its main features. We then analyze two Web sites from each perspective to show how each can help guide the design of various site elements. Following our analysis, we discuss important areas where the two design philosophies overlap conceptually, but differ in terminology. We then conclude with pedagogical suggestions for Web design instructors and a discussion of future trends that may alter the way all of us teach Web site design.
Honeycutt, Lee. "Literacy and the Writing Voice: The Intersection of Culture and Technology in Dictation," Journal of Business and Technical Communication. 18 (2004): 294-327.

Abstract: This article provides a cultural-historical analysis of dictation as a composing method in Western history. Drawing on Ong's (1982) concept of "secondary orality," the analysis shows how dictation';s shifting role as a form of literacy has been influenced by the dual mediation of technological tools and existing cultural practices. As voice recognition technologies continue to improve in the future, they may serve a complementary role with silent forms of writing, which came into widespread use only during the late Middle Ages. Once silent writing became the norm, various technologies were invented to support dictation as a literacy practice, but they were largely unsuccessful because their promotion by systems management clashed with workplace literacy practices with roots in the social nature of prior dictation practices. The article also speculates on technical and cultural variables key to voice recognition's future adoption.

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Honeycutt, Lee. "Researching the Use of Voice Recognition Writing Software." Computers and Composition 20 (2003): 77-95.

Abstract: Voice recognition technology (VRT) has become accurate and fast enough to be useful in a variety of writing scenarios. Yet the field of composition and rhetoric has paid scant attention to this new technology so far. Additionally, we know little about how this technology might affect the writing process or our normal perceptions of silent writing. This article explores future use of VRT by examining past research into the technology of dictation and suggests future avenues for research, including the effects of planning and the technology's use in various phases of writing processes.

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Honeycutt, Lee. "Comparing Email and Synchronous Conferencing in Online Peer Response." Written Communication 18 (2001): 26-60.

Abstract: This article details results of a study comparing email and synchronous conferencing as vehicles for online peer response. The study draws on Clark and Brennan's (1991) theory of communicative "grounding," which predicts that participants use different techniques for achieving mutual knowledge depending on the type of media being used. Content analysis of transcripts from both types of response sessions showed that when using email, students made significantly greater reference to documents, their contents, and rhetorical contexts than when using synchronous conferencing. When using synchronous chats, however, students made greater reference to both writing and response tasks than when using email. Students' individual media preferences showed no significant differences in terms of message formulation, reception, and usefulness of comments in aiding revision. However, in a forced comparison scale, students rated email more serious and helpful than chats, which in turn were rated more playful than email. Implications of the study's results and areas for future research are also discussed.
Honeycutt, Lee. "The Role of Planning in Writing with Voice Recognition Software," Unpublished manuscript. (48 manuscript pages)

Abstract:This exploratory study examines student attitudes toward voice recognition technology (VRT) and the effects of pre-production planning on the quality of documents dictated by computer. Though VRT has the potential to lessen dictating authors' reliance on formal written plans, research to date has been inconclusive. To address this question, this study compared two types of essays dictated by 34 students using IBM's ViaVoice software—one in which they used written plans to guide composition and a second in which they relied solely on the emerging screen text. Though students reported heavy reliance on written plans, no significant differences were found in the frequency of planned and unplanned essays rated superior in terms of substance, organization, style, and overall quality.