Global Collaboration and Technical Writing: Building Collaborative Service-Learning Opportunities for Students

By Jean Filetti.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In an interdisciplinary / interdepartmental collaboration between three professors and one student concentrating in Technical Writing at Christopher Newport University, technical writing was used to bring needed funds to the Maasai American Organization, a small nongovernmental organization (NGO) dedicated to promoting education and improving health for Maasai women living within the Siana and Megwarra villages in Kenya. Professor Lea Pellett, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and co-founder of the Maasai American Organization; Professor Mary Wright, Assistant Professor of English and instructor of Web writing; and Professor Jean S. Filetti, Associate Professor of English and instructor of grant writing, worked collaboratively with one student to build a Web site for the Maasai American Organization and write a grant (submitted to Coca-Cola International) to provide funding for educational opportunities for young girls who would otherwise face early female circumcision, an arranged marriage (generally in early adolescence, by age 13), and a life of poverty in the enkangs. In addition to exposing the student to real-world writing and the requirements of web-based writing and proposal writing, this collaborative project argues strongly for the humanistic value of technical writing and for developing service-learning initiatives that encourage effective participation of students in the global community.

Keywords: Technical Writing, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Real-World Writing

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.115-120. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 486.835KB).

Prof. Jean Filetti

Associate Professor of English, English Department, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia, USA

An Associate Professor of English and Director of the Technical Writing Concentration at Christopher Newport University, Dr. Filetti has published articles on service-learning, liberal learning, and real-world writing. She has created partnerships with approximately 40 nonprofit organizations and supervises the placement and work of student interns in technical writing.

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