Sipai Klein

About Sipai Klein

I teach courses in document design, technical, scientific, professional, and intercultural communication. I completed my PhD at New Mexico State University. My dissertation examined the multimodal composition process of three experienced teachers who spent a semester designing instructional videos to be delivered online to students. In this study, I investigated the writing decisions these teachers made as they transitioned from delivering course material in print-based format to those that are multimodal. My current research interests include new media in the workplace, intercultural document design, and rhetorical theory of contemporary communication practices.

Soundscape collage of Fall 2011 Digital Pedagogy Seminar

A collage of sounds composed to reflect what we learned as Marion L. Brittain Fellows this semester at the Digital Pedagogy Seminar: dped_mix. Topics and Songs: Assessment – REM That’s me in the corner Digital divide – Aesop Rock’s 9-5ers Anthem Privilege and exclusion – Holidays in the Sun Texts that challenge convention – MJ’s Thriller Archaeology of digital media – Barcelona’s I have the Password to Your Shell Account Enjoy the music! Aaron and … Continue reading

Visual Rhetoric in Tech Com

This week we’ll cover the issue of visual rhetoric in technical communication. We begin with an article by Greenzweig  who discusses “the ways in which visual composition contributes to a user’s aesthetic experience and why such an experience is important when designing information structures.” We continue with McCloud’s chapter in Making Comics who formulates a meta-language for discussing visual rhetoric by discussing the rhetorical decisions that comic artists and authors use to interactively communicate with … Continue reading

Texts That Challenge Convention

Texts That Challenge Convention Sipai Klein, Amanda Madden, Jennifer Orth-Veillon, Britta Spann At Georgia Tech, Brittain Fellows are expected to live and teach by the latest technological advances. This would seem to suggest not only teaching what we call “non-conventional texts” such as games, websites, film, and social media, but also asking our students to create them. However, this poses the question: are we creating an artificial dichotomy between the conventional and the non-conventional? In … Continue reading

A Note on “Rhythm as Necessity”

In Jade Simmon’s discussion on the necessity of rhythm in human interaction to the Brittain Fellows on Monday, October 10th, I was reminded of a Radiolab podcast from a while back on how two physicists explained the nature of urban life based on the rhythm created by its inhabitants. For Radiolab newbies, this NY-based NPR show reports on the intersection between science, philosophy, and society. In this specific episode, the show discussed how these two … Continue reading