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Organizing Hard So Information Is Why?

Organizing Hard So Information Is Why? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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There's been a great discussion about understanding content strategy that Val Swisher, Mark Baker and Marcia Riefer Johnson have engaged. Check out Marcia's latest contribution to the conversation--which includes links to Val and Mark's commentaries--for a great look at how technical communicators should be looking at content strategy, and how we can help others understand this complicated and complex topic in simpler terms.

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Research: Wearable Device Sales Set To Triple in 2014 -- Campus Technology

The number of wearable computing devices sold in the United States will triple in 2014, according to a new forecast from market research firm International Data Corporation, to top 19 million shipments.
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This seems to be the theme of the week on TechCommGeekMom--wearable technology. It's interesting to see that fitness wearable devices are leading the way, while the article implies that these are just the beginning. Read the entire article for more details. Emerging technology, people! 

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The Ultimate List of HTML5 eLearning Authoring Tools

The Ultimate List of HTML5 eLearning Authoring Tools | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In this article, you will take a look at how HTML5 may play a major role in the future of the eLearning industry, and delve into the ultimate list of HTML5 eLearning authoring tools available today. So, if you've been looking to make the transition to an HTML5 eLearning Authoring tool, you are in the right place!
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Christopher Pappas has presented a comprehensive list here of tools available for course development, and things to keep in mind while choosing the tools for your use. 

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Mobile app development: iOS vs Android [infographic]

Mobile app development: iOS vs Android [infographic] | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The big question on the minds of the army of mobile app developers out there is "Is the future of mobile iOS or Android?"
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This is a great infographic article brought to my attention by Guy Kawasaki on Google+. Even if you don't actually create mobile apps yourself, you have to find this information interesting, as it outlines the markets between iOS and Android. I'm sure it applies to m-learning as well as any other mobile apps out there. 

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Passive vs. imperative linking

Passive vs. imperative linking | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Summary: Writers worry about whether links will distract users. To discuss this concern, we need to begin by distinguishing between imperative links that command the reader to click and passive lin...
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I've enjoyed chatting with Mark Baker when I've met him at conferences, and his blog certainly feels like an extension of conversations I've had with him. I've enjoyed reading the back-and-forth discussions he's had with Tom Johnson of "I'd Rather Be Writing", and this is another contribution to one of their discussions (which is a response to Tom's response for another one of Mark's blog posts). Adding links within text is a slippery slope, and I think the conversation that Mark and Tom are having in their articles, which Mark tries to summarize and address in this blog post, show that it's not as much of a cut-and-dry process as one would think. 

 

I highly recommend taking a look at this article--and the links. It's a great discussion about the use of hypertext. 

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The Secret Shame of an Unacquired Tech Worker

The Secret Shame of an Unacquired Tech Worker | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
An interview with Amy, a female employee who was left out of her start-up's acquisition by Google.
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This is a really interesting article that I found by way of my fellow Stuart alumna, Caroline McCarthy (@caro) on Twitter.

 

Caroline and I, while we are about a generation apart, grew up with the same principles that our all-girl school provided, which was that as far as the workplace was concerned, females could do anything males could do--and sometimes better.

 

Considering that the issue of equal pay for equal work is still an issue in this day and age, and recently has been back in the news that this is still an ongoing issue, this article brings to light that this is a big problem in IT/tech. I've been told by some that this is less of an issue in tech comm, but those were usually men who told me that, so I'm not so sure.

 

Even so, this article brings up an important point, that gender discrimination is still prevalent in the tech world, and it needs to be strongly addressed, whether it be related to pay or opportunity.

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8 Top Benefits of Using a Cloud-based LMS

8 Top Benefits of Using a Cloud-based LMS | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As eLearning becomes more popular in the employee-training sphere, the benefits of cloud-based Learning Management Systems become prevalent factors for the organizations that want to offer cost-effective and flexible training methods. Jump in for more on the cloud-based LMS benefits.
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Christopher Pappas posted this on Google+, and it's an interesting article. Cloud-based systems are becoming more widespread, and they do appear to be a growing solution for mobile access to learning. This article has some great arguments in favor of using cloud-based LMS. 

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Interesting way to look at the LMS of the future: flexible, open and accessible. What's the downside?

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Why I Love to Manage Content

Why I Love to Manage Content | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The title is accurate.
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I found this thanks to Craig Cardimon posting it in a few social media spots. I don't know that I could have put things as eloquently or poetically as this article's author, but I do enjoy what I do, for sure. Content management is definitely a challenge, but a rewarding challenge when it's done right. Read this--it's an interesting perspective. 

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Even Better Than STEM

Even Better Than STEM | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Moreover, it is not a given that that the only path to STEM job success is the STEM degree: About one-third of college-educated workers in STEM professions do not hold degrees in STEM.
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This is written by the president of the university I attended for my undergraduate studies (which was still a college back then). UMW has come a long way from the time I was there. When I was there, there were still hallway phones, computer labs for word processing on dot matrix printers, and no such things as wi-fi, for sure. The school has come a long way, and I'm glad to see that they are working on staying ahead of the curve while being a liberal arts university. I went there for their social sciences programs, which were top rate. UMW is also the home of Jim Groom, who is a ed tech extraordinaire and the one who coined the term "edupunk" (which I read he regrets, but I love it!). President Hurley presents some important points about integrating STEM and liberal arts studies for the future, and points out the value of liberal arts being a part of STEM efforts as well. I can say that I know several people from my generation who graduated who are in STEM-related careers who were either English or History majors at my school. 

 

This is a good read from a progressive university president. 
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The Social Media Marketing Secrets of Smart Savvy Bloggers - Jeffbullas's Blog

The Social Media Marketing Secrets of Smart Savvy Bloggers - Jeffbullas's Blog | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The success of a blog can be judged on different aspects including traffic and engagement. Here are the social media marketing secrets of savvy bloggers
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There's some good information here that applies not only to marketing, but in writing a good blog at all, even a non-marketing blog. (Or better yet, this is advice on the better practices to market and write your blog.) I try to follow most of these as best as I can. After all, this blog is always a work in progress. Read this. 

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Video: WikiProject:Medicine, UCSF, Translators without Borders | Content Rules, Inc.

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My friend and mentor, Val Swisher, is the person who brought this project to my attention, and is the speaker in the video that's in this link. Translators without Borders is an excellent organization bringing something that seems so obvious to the forefront: translation of items for use in many countries so that medicine and supplies can be used as intended. Watch Val's video--which I got to see in person at ICC2014--and see if you can find a way to contribute to this worthy cause. 

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How To Think Like A Master Content Strategist

How To Think Like A Master Content Strategist | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I recently argued that one of the top content marketing trends of 2014 will be hiring a director of content strategy (for more trends, see The Top 7 Content Marketing Trends of 2014). But what if your business can’t support a full-time content strategist? Can you develop a system that [...]

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This article is more about applying strategy to content marketing, but it still has some good points about how one should go about deciding some key content strategy points. Worth reading carefully. 

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Why You Should Care About M-Learning

Why You Should Care About M-Learning | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

"Mobile learning is becoming increasingly popular in the workplace. There are a variety of reasons for this, but many have to do with the accessibility of mobile devices, the savings associated with a mobile enabled learning program, and the convenience mobile learning affords the learner. In fact, today if there is a learning management system (or courses) that do not perform on mobile devices, it is borderline in-excusable. In five years time, it will be flat-out archaic."


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Good article about why companies need to start adopting mobile training. Some of the information echoes what I have in my e-learning presentation slides from last week! Technology is moving fast, and we have to move fast with it or fall severely behind. The infographic in this article is rather good. 

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Happy 4th Birthday to the iPad | iPad Insight

Happy 4th Birthday to the iPad | iPad Insight | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Four years ago today, April 3 2010, was launch day for the original iPad. Some said it was ‘just a giant iPod’ while Steve Jobs hailed it as a ‘magical and r
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I personally love iPads, as anyone who reads this blog knows! I've promoted its use in education quite a bit, and still believe it's a great educational tool both in and out of the classroom. My son uses mine frequently when doing writing assignments and looking up math information on the Khan Academy app. In four short years, the educational app market has exploded with lots of great educational tools for all to use--adults and children alike.  iPads have changed the way we compute, much like this article says. It's more tactile and interactive than a laptop (although laptops and all-in-ones are starting to get on board with touch screens and using app-like programs to run on them).  

 

We were truly brought into the 21st century with this invention. Even if you like an Android tablet better, you still have to give credit to the iPad for starting it all.

 

Happy Birthday, iPad! I couldn't live without you!

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My DITA journey begins | I'd Rather Be Writing

My DITA journey begins | I'd Rather Be Writing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This looks like an interesting series from Tom Johnson. I commend him for putting himself out there, in exposing his vulnerabilities as he wades through this process. It's not easy to do that! I am reading with great interest as I admit that while I know what DITA is, I haven't had a reason or choice to use it as well, so reading about Tom's journey into figuring it out will be enlightening as he breaks it down for himself, but also for others like me who haven't even begun the process. I look forward to the next entries in this new series!  I encourage you to read them as well. 

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It's Like Totally ... huh? How The New York Times Got it Wrong | Content Rules, Inc.

It's Like Totally ... huh? How The New York Times Got it Wrong | Content Rules, Inc. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This is fantastic commentary from Val Swisher of Content Rules, Inc. I admit that a "y'know" will slip in from time to time from me, but I do my best to avoid exactly what's described here. I cringe the same way Val does when I hear the same verbal faux-pas occurring. It drives me crazy. My best friend, who is an analyst for a federal government law enforcement agency, does this "like" and "y'know" bit frequently, and I'm surprised that she is allowed to work at the level she does with speech patterns as such. Hopefully her writing doesn't reflect the same thing. This is something to constantly work on, because it's another example of how verbal language and written language are not the same, but they should become closer together in how they are used. 

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The need for robust tech comm authoring tools | I'd Rather Be Writing

The need for robust tech comm authoring tools | I'd Rather Be Writing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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Tom Johnson provides a good discussion about how different tools meet different needs. I know for myself, I haven't used some of what Tom needs, but I do understand how WordPress and Drupal are becoming more popular due to their flexibility as open source software, and the need to find software that can integrate with them easily.  Even if you don't use the same software that Tom mentions in the article, it's a good read to see how different needs produce different wants, and how there is a need to address these issues. 

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Three Reasons to Steal, Not Copy. Here's How and Why

Three Reasons to Steal, Not Copy. Here's How and Why | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Lacking inspiration today? Trying too hard to come up with unique ideas that the world has never seen? Here's an angle for you: 'steal' other people's and put them together in a way that you and only
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This is an interesting perspective, for sure, provided in this article. I think many things are stolen, and it's hard not to do it, in some instances. Coming up with something totally unique and original is tough, even with writing blog entries! But there is  some validity to it, and it applies to content strategy as well. I have an article that I'm writing that will hopefully be coming out soon that will address this issue--with a twist--in the near future.  Stay tuned for that! In the meantime, read this and see how this is an important concept to grasp. 

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Cheap 3D printer is Kickstarter hit

Cheap 3D printer is Kickstarter hit | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A 3D printer available for under $300 has experts asking whether the technology is about to go mass market.
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In my efforts to embrace the "geek mom" side of being TechCommGeekMom, I like to share emerging technologies that I find interesting. Regular readers know that I'm fascinated with 3D printing, thanks to a project I did for a class last summer. I've wanted to get a 3D printer, but alas, most are rather expensive (and I also don't know where I'd put it in my house). However, with the introduction of the 3D printer mentioned in this article, it looks like the cost might be starting to come down quite a bit, which is a good thing. I would be interested in more information about the quality of the 3D objects that are printed in comparison to other higher-priced printers, but for now, I'm happy with knowing that a more affordable printer is in the process of being made and funded through Kickstarter. Check this article out for more information on this latest model, the M3D Micro. 

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La Impresora 3D. Una novedosa herramienta que viene revolucionando muchos ámbitos y entre ellos el educativo.

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What Does Being "Tech Savvy" Mean?

Notes from a Floating Life | Thoughts about productivity, digital living, and leading a simpler life
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I found this Scott Nesbitt article from his post on Google+, and it's excellent. I think he makes a good point. Some of the "tech-savvy" is a natural ability for some, but in the end it's really a skill that can be learned that all of us should have, especially as technical communicators. Read the whole article, and let me know if you agree with Scott's assessment. I think he's on the right track with this. 

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Not dead yet: Dutch, British governments pay to keep Windows XP alive

Not dead yet: Dutch, British governments pay to keep Windows XP alive | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Governments pay Microsoft millions to continue support for “end of life” OS.
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I find this article interesting--as in I'm a bit puzzled. I can understand a lot of companies being hesitant to move off of a more stable platform. However, Windows 7 is a fairly stable platform (as compared to Windows Vista, which came in-between XP and 7), and I can understand not wanting to upgrade all the way up to Windows 8.1, since that version is still working out the kinks. If these governments have had lots of forewarning that upgrades to Windows 7 (at least) needed to be done, why didn't they heed the warning? Similarly, these governments are paying a lot of money just to maintain the status quo. In the long run, wouldn't investment into new systems be more cost efficient? No special programs needed to be written for workarounds that would cost extra money? And with the US hospitals still using Windows XP--why can't regulators be able to move on to certify programs compatible with Windows 7? 

 

It seems to me that red tape is in the way of progress and efficiency in the long run. I know that in many cases, we're talking tens of thousands--if not more--computers and systems that need to be upgraded. But what we expect of our governments and healthcare systems is that they are run smoothly and efficiently to process whatever it is for the public's needs. When I was unemployed, the online forms used to complete each week to file for claims looked like something from 1992. I think my son could create something more efficient and user friendly, and he's autistic, 12 years old, and not a programmer.  

 

Resources are available, and there are plenty of IT professionals out there who could certainly help with this process, but "cost cutting" is always the bottom line in the government and at hospitals, isn't it? But really, there are no real savings. Investment now should yield a better ROI (return on investment) than keeping things status quo. Some good content strategists and project managers are needed.

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Let's consider this.  £5 million plus for an outdated, energy inefficient continuation with no development. Were they deaf to warnings? What a bargain for tax payers! #3rdEden #Socitm #Pentagull

 

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How to Choose the Right Online Instructional Design Certificate Program

How to Choose the Right Online Instructional Design Certificate Program | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
If you have been considering an online instructional design certificate program, then you've come to the right place. In this post, I will go over the basics of Instructional Design certificate programs; share 7 tips for choosing the right Instructional Design program, and even highlight 18 Online Instructional Design Certificate Programs that you may want to consider. 
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Some great advice not only for ID certificates, but online certificates in general. I believe I have most of these programs listed in my ID/TC Educational Resources tab above, but if I don't, I'll be adding them shortly. 

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Kat Fitzgerald McCormick's curator insight, April 15, 9:31 AM

This is a good look at a fairly complicated decision.There are a lot of programs out there - picking a good one is important!

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Here's How People Will Actually Use 'The Internet Of Things'

Here's How People Will Actually Use 'The Internet Of Things' | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

Marta The Internet of Things will transform objects in the home and in the enterprise sector.

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Marta Rauch brought this to my attention on LinkedIn. I've been hearing more and more of this term,  "the Internet of Things" (IoT) more and more at conferences lately, and it does seem to be a growing terms to talk about how more and more devices from our daily lives are being connected to the Internet.  This is a good article to give you an idea of what it entails at a broad level. 

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sobrie01's curator insight, April 5, 8:04 AM

interesting thought around how what choice people are making with the products and service that use the internet .

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Brain in Hand :: Home

Brain in Hand :: Home | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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Charlie Southwell (aka @charliesaidthat) brought Brain In Hand to my attention. It's an app that can help those on the autistic spectrum function with difficult decision making, and provide decision making and help tools. It looks really fantastic! While my own son is learning coping techniques to use on his own, I could see this being something helpful for him in the future. Currently, it's available in the UK only, and not in the US, but they do hope to expand someday (let's hope so!). This is a brilliant use of mobile content and technology being used, and I applaud the efforts being done with this company! 

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25 Tools To Boost Your Content Strategy [Infographic]

I keep hearing that digital marketing continues to be a significant focus of marketing and lead generation campaigns. As we have all heard before, successful digital marketing requires fresh and high…

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Some great tools are listed on here. I've heard of or used some of them, such as Prezi. I know TechWhirl uses Storify, and I met List.ly's Nick Kellet at the ICC2014--great guy with great ideas. Definitely check these tools out.  I know many can be rather helpful. 

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Trust your Instincts!

It's amazing the kind of revelations you can have in the slight delirium of being sick. At this writing, I'm suffering from a bad cold. I've had worse, but this one has still knocked me down enough...
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Torkisonia's curator insight, April 4, 3:09 AM

intéressant, il faut toujours garder la foi en ces idées.