Developing Technical Writing for Engineering Students under a Paper Conference Format

Elizabeth Vidal, Eveling Castro

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Abstract

This paper's objective was to share our experience in developing technical writing for Engineering students based on the cognitive process theory of writing and based on the sociocultural perspective that affirm that writing is social practices that vary depending on the contexts in which it is carried out. Since 2014 we included a new course called “Writing Technical Articles” were students have to write a six-page paper in a conference format. We believe that the conference format shows students in an active learning approach how to communicate specific ideas according to the requirements of their field of study. We have structured the technical contents based on technical writing recommendations suggested by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a professional association that produces over 30% of the world's literature in the engineering and computer science fields, publishing approximately 200 peer-reviewed journals and magazines. Students develop skills for organizing sections and subsections, relationships among parts of an argument, and combining paragraphs with diagrams, formulas and codes very common in Engineering. Until now 630 Ingeniería de Sistemas students from Universidad de San Agustin de Arequipa has been part of the course. Our experience showed that this format gives students the scope to start the process of technical writing. As initial results, we have surveyed students about their perception of usefulness of technical writing under the conference format. The initial results showed us that more than 90% of the students are Agree and Strongly Agree about the usefulness of developing technical writing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCITIE 2020 - Proceedings of the 3rd Congreso Internacional de Tendencias en Innovacion Educativa 2020
EditorsKlinge Orlando Villalba-Condori, Jari Lavonen, Lung Hsiang Wong, Aman Yadav
PublisherCEUR-WS
Pages77-86
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9786124443275
StatePublished - 2020
Event3rd Congreso Internacional de Tendencias en Innovacion Educativa, CITIE 2020 - 3rd International Conference on Trends in Educational Innovation, CITIE 2020 - Arequipa, Peru
Duration: 9 Dec 202011 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Volume3099
ISSN (Print)1613-0073

Conference

Conference3rd Congreso Internacional de Tendencias en Innovacion Educativa, CITIE 2020 - 3rd International Conference on Trends in Educational Innovation, CITIE 2020
Country/TerritoryPeru
CityArequipa
Period9/12/2011/12/20

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Keywords

  • cognitive process theory
  • conference paper
  • Technical writing

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