A "virtual fieldtrip": Service learning in distance education technical writing courses

Krista Soria, Brad Weiner

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This mixed-methods experimental study examined the effect of service learning in a distance education technical writing course. Quantitative analysis of data found evidence for a positive relationship between participation in service learning and technical writing learning outcomes. Additionally, qualitative analysis suggests that service learning in online technical writing courses helps students to make connections to the "real world," encourages students to connect with their audience(s) and develop a sense of purpose for writing tasks, connects students to future employment, and develops deep learning with course materials. It is hypothesized that these factors support the development of learning outcomes in distance education students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages20
Specialist publicationJournal of Technical Writing and Communication
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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