Digital Writing Environments, Location, & Localization Lab at the University of Rhode Island. Using location-based media for science communication and public advocacy.

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Digital Writing Environments, Location, and Localization Lab

The DWELL Lab investigates how location-based media are changing the ways that writers and readers interact with place. We provide funded experiential learning opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students through student grants and awards and through our funded community-engaged digital projects. Projects in the lab focus on the use of mobile, locative, and wearable technologies for community-engaged science communication, social justice, and environmental advocacy. This lab works at the nexus of science and technical/professional writing, rhetorical field methods, and digital production to create high-impact experiential learning initiatives in support of public interests and local communities. Through a foundation in the study of rhetoric, we combine spatial theories, user-localization, and place-based methods with emerging technologies to build platforms that foster equitable knowledge-production within local communities.

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