Digital rhetoric. My first thought that came to mind was Khan Academy.
I’ve read numerous articles and heard multiple arguments for and against it. Point blank: it is changing the way in which we learn and communicate certain subjects.
It is an interesting form of digital rhetoric in that students are able to watch videos and learn about various subjects they may be struggling with. I, personally, have benefited from watching a video here and there while struggling with math (which is definitely not my strong suit.)
The videos are structured for the audience. There are videos for elementary school kids, there are videos for other grade levels, and there are also resources for test prep.
This definitely changes the learning process. Instead of the need to sit in a classroom and learn a topic, students are able to do so digitally. They can re-wind videos and also do practice problems to test their progress. This completely changes the typical teacher-student dynamic.
The thought is that through these videos, students will be more interested in learning. There are graphics and drawings to aid in the learning, and providing the online service is a great way to measure knowledge on a subject.
I think as resources such as Khan become more readily available, there is a much greater chance that the way we learn in classrooms is going to change, too. In the last few years we have already incorporated laptops greatly into school curriculums, I am interested to see how this will continue to change in the future!
If you explore/use the Khan academy site, I am interested to hear your feedback and experiences!