Areas of Focus

The ETRC is dedicated to discovering and developing new knowledge in the domain of wearables and emerging technologies. Our areas of focus include:

  • Emerging Technologies
  • Computational rhetoric
  • User experience
  • Usability
  • Sociocultural technology
  • Digital rhetoric
  • Digital literacies
  • Technical communication
  • Writing instruction and pedagogy


Ongoing signature projects

  • Investigating the Impact of Augmented Reality (AR) on Writing / Technical Communication Pedagogy
  • Perspective shifting and user experience
  • Design thinking and radical collaboration
  • Cultural perceptions of wearable technologies
  • Revisiting the rhetorical situation through virtual and augmented realities

Recent publications

Duin, A. H., Pedersen, I., Caldwell, S., Stambler, D., Tham, J., & Davis, K. (2019, October) Collaborating Internationally to Build Digital Literacy Learning through TPC Instruction. Project presented at the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Conference: West Chester, PA.

Tham, J. (2017). Wearable writing: Enriching student peer reviews through point-of-view video feedback using Google GlassJournal of Technical Writing and Communication, 47(1), 22-55.

Duin, A.H., Moses, J. McGrath, M., & Tham, J. (2016). Wearable computing, wearable composing: New dimensions in composition pedagogyComputers and Composition Online

Tham, J. (2016). Globally fit: Attending to international users and advancing a sociotechnological design agenda for wearable technologiesProceedings of 34th ACM Special Interest Group in Design of Communication (SIGDOC) Conference. Silver Springs, MD. 

Tham, J., McGrath, M., Moses, J., & Duin, A.H. (2016). Glass in class: Writing with Google Glass. Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. Assignments section.

Tham, J. (2015). Through Glass: Reframing technical communication practices via Google GlassIntercom, 62(2), 32-34.