Document Type

Poster

Session Description

At the University of Minnesota Morris, we implemented new software called DICTION (http://www.dictionsoftware.com/) to help our students analyze rhetorical texts. It helps students jump past the mechanics of textual categorization and get a head start in the analysis of the text: What were the key features of the rhetorical text that made it important? For example, analysis of 50+ texts can be completed in minutes, allowing more student research time to examine the trends of those texts: How does a rhetor’s style change over time? How does a rhetor’s delivery change based on the audience? We will share what we learned in using the DICTION software, and discuss its strengths and weaknesses in the classroom.

Keywords

DICTION, software, rhetoric, analysis

Audience Focus

Higher Education

Start Date

7-29-2015 1:00 PM

End Date

7-29-2015 1:30 PM

Brief Biography of Primary Presenter

Jim Hall is Director, Computing Services at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Comments

DICTION is software that helps in rhetorical criticism. Through word categorization, DICTION creates a "fingerprint" of five master variables that represent Certainty, Optimism, Activity, Realism, and Commonality. This gives the student a "jump start" towards deeper rhetorical criticism.

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Jul 29th, 1:00 PM Jul 29th, 1:30 PM

Speeches That Changed the World: Using Software to Help Students Analyze Rhetorical Patterns

At the University of Minnesota Morris, we implemented new software called DICTION (http://www.dictionsoftware.com/) to help our students analyze rhetorical texts. It helps students jump past the mechanics of textual categorization and get a head start in the analysis of the text: What were the key features of the rhetorical text that made it important? For example, analysis of 50+ texts can be completed in minutes, allowing more student research time to examine the trends of those texts: How does a rhetor’s style change over time? How does a rhetor’s delivery change based on the audience? We will share what we learned in using the DICTION software, and discuss its strengths and weaknesses in the classroom.