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Real-Time and Social Media in Trans-Atlantic Writing/Translation and Translation/Editing Projects

Real-Time and Social Media in Trans-Atlantic Writing/Translation and Translation/Editing Projects
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Author(s): Steven Hammer (North Dakota State University, USA) and Bruce Maylath (North Dakota State University, USA)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 18
Source title: Emerging Pedagogies in the Networked Knowledge Society: Practices Integrating Social Media and Globalization
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Marohang Limbu (Michigan State University, USA) and Binod Gurung (New Mexico State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4757-2.ch007

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Abstract

This chapter illustrates the ways in which seemingly peripheral contact and communication via social networking are effective means by which members of international and intercultural Networked Knowledge Communities (NKCs) can, in largely informal ways, educate one another in terms of culture, custom, and language use. The authors argue that these increases in communication via new media have resulted in both successful writing/translation collaborations and, in many cases, satisfying long-term personal and professional relationships. To illustrate these claims, the authors draw from written student reflections collected in the last two years in the long-running Trans-Atlantic Project linking writing classes with translation classes. The reflections reveal that, in many ways, the informal, pseudo-immersive communication of new social media and real-time media can be even more effective than traditional pedagogical practices that rely largely on textbook-centered approaches to intercultural education, especially when carried out through a NKC.

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