David Niedergeses

Rhetoric & Professional Communication, Human Computer Interaction

PhD, Rhetoric and Professional Communication and Human Computer Interaction

2012, Doctor of Philosophy, Iowa State University
Rhetoric and Professional Communication, Human Computer Interaction

My doctorate was awarded as a cross-disciplinary degree, with co-majors satisfying both the Rhetoric and Professional Communication and Human Computer Interaction PhD programs at Iowa State University. The two programs offered a broad foundation in user centered design and user experience, including qualitative and quantitative research methods, cognitive and social psychology, technical communication, rhetorical and social theory, and visual and multimodal design.

I specialized in the social dimensions of collaborative and social software. For my dissertation, I used ethnographic methods to study how groups of users adopt and then integrate collaborative and social tools into their professional practices. The research produced a model for how groups select which tools to use, develop practices incorporating them, and then mediate those practices through their network.

 

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