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Linking engineering students in Spain and technical writing students in the US as co-authors: The challenges and outcomes of subject-matter experts and language specialists collaborating internationally

Author
Maylath, B.; King, T.; Arno, E.
Type of activity
Journal article
Journal
Connexions. International Professional Communication Journal
Date of publication
2013-09-02
Volume
1
Number
2
First page
159
Last page
185
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/23065 Open in new window
URL
http://connexionsj.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/maylath_king_arno-macia.pdf Open in new window
Abstract
In a first-of-its-kind international collaboration, technical writing classes in Spain and the US matched engineering students with international technical writing students to coauthor procedural instructions. These were then tested for usability by students in Finland and the US, and subsequently translated and localized by students in Belgium, France, and Italy. The coauthors faced challenges in gaining expertise, communicating clearly in a lingua franca, handling differing cultures, testing f...
Citation
Maylath, B.; King, T.; Arno, E. Linking engineering students in Spain and technical writing students in the US as co-authors: The challenges and outcomes of subject-matter experts and language specialists collaborating internationally. "Connexions. International Professional Communication Journal", 02 Setembre 2013, vol. 1, núm. 2, p. 159-185.
Keywords
Collaboration, Engineering communication, Intercultural communication, Localization, Specialized knowledge, Technical writing, Technology, Translation, Usability testing

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