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2012 Top Ten Highlights on TechCommGeekMom

2012 Top Ten Highlights on TechCommGeekMom | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
2012 has been the inaugural year of TechCommGeekMom.com. What started initially as both a class project as well as a personal project with no expectations other than to get a good grade and have a ...
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Avocode – Preview and inspect designs without Photoshop or Sketch.

Avocode – Preview and inspect designs without Photoshop or Sketch. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Open PSDs without Photoshop. Get CSS, SVG, image assets, fonts, colors,…
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Adam Helweh shared this on Facebook, and now I'm sharing this with you. It looks like an interesting tool for web designers to use that integrates Photoshop and Sketch file in the design. The pricing looks decent, too. I don't know when I'll have a chance to give this a try, but it does look interesting. Check it out!  (Thanks, Adam!)

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Content Strategy 2015: Marketing, Mobile, and the Enterprise

Content remains a fundamental challenge for all of our organizations. Instead of talking about "what's next," let's talk about what's needed. Find out what bas…
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Jonathon Colman brought these slides by Kristina Halvorson to my attention. Contrary to recent trends saying that content strategy should be looking at content marketing, Kristina says, "Not so fast...." Look through her slides. She makes a good point. Do you agree with her, or do you think that content marketing is the way to go?  Include your comments below. 

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Lip-synching goes viral: the rise of Dubsmash

Lip-synching goes viral: the rise of Dubsmash | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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I hadn't heard of this app, but it sounds like fun. As I was watching the video and reading the article, it reminded me of conversations I've had with The Content Wrangler, Scott Abel, about music mashups, and the implications of copyright infringement in relation to creating new content. Just like mixing two songs together to create a new one for a music mashup, if you are taking established content (music) and adding something of your own (your video lip-syncing), does that constitute as new or original content? Hmmm....what do you think? Add your comments below.

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A Blueprint for Writing How-To Guides for Your Site

A Blueprint for Writing How-To Guides for Your Site | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
There are numerous articles on this site about how to increase your website traffic and tips for bringing new visitors to your website.
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Another gem found by Craig Cardimon. This is a good, basic outline of how to do "how-to-do" documentation. --TechCommGeekMom
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Move over, Google Glass! HoloLens is here!

Move over, Google Glass! HoloLens is here! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Today, I tuned in to listen to the Windows 10 event that was to promote more about the upcoming new OS that many are anticipating will be a big improvement over Windows 8 and 8.1. While I'm a huge ...
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The Ultimate Content Marketing Tools List

The Ultimate Content Marketing Tools List | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Great blog post at Kim Garst - Social Media for Small Business Owners : You have probably heard the saying 'it's all in the tools', right? This is absolutely the truth in both social media AND content marketing. [..]
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Thanks to Adam Helweh for finding this gem and sharing it. This has a lot of great resources, some which I've heard of (such as ScoopIt which I'm using to post this), and some I haven't. I'll have to give some of these a try in the upcoming months! Check these tools out--you might find something that's helpful to you. 

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Content strategy - Complete or Done?

Content strategy - Complete or Done? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Are we giving our customers the right content at the right time or are we giving them an encyclopedia to work through? What's our content strategy?
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Sharon Burton has written an excellent article here about what content strategy is about. The argument she makes is one that I make often during my work. It's great to have lots of information available, but if there's no context or it's difficult to navigate through to find the specific information you are looking for, it's worthless. 

 

Read this article. Sharon articulate this concept brilliantly. 

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Google Will Stop Selling Glass Next Week

Google Will Stop Selling Glass Next Week | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The Explorers program is coming to an end
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Maybe it was a good thing that I returned my Google Glass shortly after I received it. I still think it's a good idea, and hopefully with the use of the data gathered through the Explorer Program, they'll be able to fine tune some things that didn't work out so great, and continue to develop what did work well. 

 

What do you think? Do you think Google is pulling it because it failed,, or because this was merely stage 1?  Include your comments below. 

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Valerie Hill's curator insight, January 15, 10:20 PM

Google is willing to admit when products aren't right or the world isn't ready.  Example: Google's virtual world Lively (I visited and it was anything but lively!)

Kanti Kumar's curator insight, January 17, 2:14 PM

Didn't get a chance to test ride it, but hoping will wear an advanced version very soon. 

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Google Translate gets smarter with language detection, Word Lens

Google Translate gets smarter with language detection, Word Lens | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Star Trek's universal translator is here, and it's on your phone.
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First there was Skype's new Translator feature which will be coming soon to a Skype app near you, and now Google Translate is adding Word Lens to their app as well! Very cool. I tried using Word Lens when it first came out, but didn't have much practical use for it. I will definitely have to try it again! 

 

It looks like companies are starting to understand the value of translation and localization a little more now, doesn't it? What will be the next one to join in?

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Don’t Overlook Editing as Part of the Content Creation Process - Klahr Writing

Don’t Overlook Editing as Part of the Content Creation Process - Klahr Writing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Editing should always be a part of your content creation efforts.
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Craig Cardimon shared this gem by Danielle Klahr. I can say that this is pretty much the method that I use when writing my content--especially for my blog entries. Editing is always crucial! I don't know how many times I review and edit my blog posts before I actually post them, and yes, as she says, sometimes I still find mistakes after I've reviewed it dozens of times. 

 

There are some good, basic pointers here worth reviewing. 

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It's kind of a shame that this needs to be explicitly stated. Nevertheless, from years of reading blogs on the web, many obviously don't bother.

 

Kanti Kumar's curator insight, January 17, 2:18 PM

No matter which platform or channel or which audience you are writing for, editing and re-editing have to be part of the quality assurance process. Our journalism professor insisted on one single formula for being a good reporter/writer: "Edit. Edit. Edit."

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35 Tactics To Improve Your 2015 Content Marketing - Heidi Cohen

35 Tactics To Improve Your 2015 Content Marketing - Heidi Cohen | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Want to get your content on track to succeed in 2015? Then examine these 10 Top 2015 Content Marketing Predictions and 35 content tactics.
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Thanks to Guy Kawasaki for bringing this to my attention on Google+. The author of this column, Heidi Cohen, seems to bring all of what I've been hearing in the last year or two into one article. As my son would say, she told you, and dropped the microphone. 

 

What do you think? Do you agree with her assessment? I know I'm going to need to revisit this after taking my digital marketing course, because I don't even understand much of it and how it ties together...but I will eventually...

 

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Will Lenssen, Prin's curator insight, January 14, 12:52 AM

The message is clear that Content Marketing is changing annually and as such, 35 tactics is a great checklist. Thanks, Heidi!

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WordPress SEO Best Practices In 2015

WordPress SEO Best Practices In 2015 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In the past five years, Google has changed the meaning of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) — and boy did she bring down the hammer!
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Thanks to Tina Howe for finding this. I'm posting this not only to share, but as a "bookmark" of sorts for myself. I'm always trying to learn more about WordPress, and I'm hoping to learn more about SEO practices this year, so this article looks very helpful. Enjoy! --techcommgeekmom
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“Code and Cupcakes” Teaches Moms and Daughters How to Code, Aims to Improve Diversity in Tech

“Code and Cupcakes” Teaches Moms and Daughters How to Code, Aims to Improve Diversity in Tech | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
When Jen Myers first learned how to code over a decade ago, she was often the only woman in her computer science classes.
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This is great! The lack of women in STEM is still heard, and this is a fantastic way to get gals of all ages involved. And there's cupcakes, too! Who could beat that? --techcommgeekmom
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Why Allowing Telecommuting Is (And Isn’t) A Good Idea | Paul Petrone | LinkedIn

Why Allowing Telecommuting Is (And Isn’t) A Good Idea | Paul Petrone | LinkedIn | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This was an interesting article I found on LinkedIn--and I don't agree with it. The author states, "...working-from-home can stifle the synergy that comes from having a bunch of smart people in the same place together, which in turn can hurt innovation. And that is reason enough to not allow employees to work from home, at least all the time," as the primary reason to discourage telecommuting. My own experience begs to differ. 


I've worked from home now for just over two years now. Only in the last year was I required to come into the office once a week, versus the once a month that I made a point of doing the first year. The home office is rather far away--during rush hour, it can take about an hour and a half from my house to the office, or vice versa. I don't feel that my creativity or innovation has been hurt by being at the office. In fact, it's rare that a trip to the office has offered anything for ME to be innovative. If anything, I'm bringing some innovation to other people. There have been many times that I've wondered why the heck I was even in the office other than to make a personal appearance. I actually lose working hours because of the commute to try to beat the traffic and get the commute time down a little bit. Sometimes it can be productive, because I can be in a meeting with a person, and it's easier to talk about visuals when we don't have to telecast it via a conferencing app. But it isn't that often. Those trips I don't mind, but innovative? No, not for me. I definitely am able to get a lot more done, both creatively and efficiently from home. 


There are certainly jobs that do flourish more in the group activity of being in the office. But mine isn't one of them. And there are a lot of jobs I've had where I feel like, yeah, I didn't need to be in the office to do them, but this was before the advent of telecommuting even existed. 


Part of the issue is that employers fail to see telecommuting as a viable and profitable option. It's not for all jobs, but I'm willing to bet that there are a lot of tech comm jobs that really don't need to be in the big ol' office building, at least not on the level I'm at. I'm able to keep up pretty well with conference and regular phone calls, instant messaging, and email just fine, thank you. Heck, in many instances, I have to work that way, even if I was in the office, because I work with people globally--I can't be in the same room as them as they are in a different country or state! I think the bigger problem is that employers don't realize how telecommuters CAN bring something innovative to the table. I know I push a lot issues at work about, "Why isn't this done? Why isn't that done?" To me, they are valid things that would help with workstreams or innovation, if you want to call it that, but I have no voice. I'm not allowed to have a voice. I'm seen as a worker bee, nothing more. I can contribute to innovation, but you need to be willing to hear me when I say--or write, or instant message--an idea. Just because I'm physically in an office wouldn't change that--not really. 


I'm a huge advocate of telecommuting because for me, there have been more pros than cons. The cons are me having to drive 50 miles away once a week just to sit at a desk and do the same things I do at home. I don't connect with my group--I'm not even allowed to sit with them, so what's the point? My manager just feels better if I make an appearance. 


Now, this is not to say that if I got a job in the future that was closer to home that I wouldn't go into the office everyday. Sure, I would! I'd go in.  But don't diss telecommuting. If I could telecommute for the rest of my life, I would. I don't know if that's going to be possible, but I've liked it much better, and I feel that I've grown and been much more productive as a result of being able to do my own thing. 

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I could not agree more.  There are plenty of jobs that are done as well, if not better on a telecommuting basis. I work as a consultant in a high tech company.  Part of my job is to be onsite with my clients, but when I am not, my team and I all work from home.  We schedule in office meetings when it will be beneficial to the work and serve the client more effectively.  On average it turns out having a face to face meeting about once a month is more than sufficient. 


We use several chat and virtual presence tools to be in constant communication during the day as a team and with the customer.  We have one internally for in-team discussion and a public one with the client's team.  


I have worked in the office for years in other roles and there are clearly situations and functions that benefit from being together as a team, but having a one size fits all approach and policy is a bad choice for a company in my view. 


Watching the trends in the market as the millennial move into the job market adds another wrinkle. Many millennial don't want to be tied to the "big corporation" for many years of their life. Many prefer more of a free agent style.  I suspect we will see many of them work for home for multiple "employers" sometime simultaneously. 


Not only must corporations find the best arrangement for the work they need done, the need to adapt to the new generation of workers that are much less motivated by money and status symbols than by doing challenging and innovative work.

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Apple, well done on your billions. Now end this white cable hell, please

Apple, well done on your billions. Now end this white cable hell, please | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Apple is making loads of money. But will the tech giant spend any of it on developing better batteries?
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The author of this article asks a fair question, and provides us with a fair answer. More is demanded from our mobile devices than ever before, and that uses up more energy more quickly. So, we need to figure out how to invent more powerful batteries (short of mini-nuclear devices) without taking up a lot of bulk. It's a tall order. 

What do you think? Do we demand too much of our phones now?

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Google to Announce Fiber Expansion In Four Cities

Google to Announce Fiber Expansion In Four Cities | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Google is preparing to offer its high-speed fiber-optic Internet service in four new metro areas, the latest step in a careful expansion of the service.
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If you haven't heard the news, Google Fiber is expanding to a few more cities.  Will it make a difference? Is it more affordable than its competitors and truly offer better service and faster rates? Time will tell. But the good thing in all this is that it offers additional competition to FiOS, Comcast, and several other providers out there. Hopefully this will help drive down costs and make internet accessibility more affordable for all in the long run, even in far-off places. It's a start! 

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Learning Something New? Remember These 3 Simple Things

Learning Something New? Remember These 3 Simple Things | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I did it. I bought the sewing machine, a dress form, a table—everything. I’m going to teach myself how to sew. The only problem? I have no idea where to start.
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This is a great article brought to my attention by Craig Cardimon. As someone who knows she is "learning different", and as someone who is about to embark on a new learning odyssey starting next week into a topic she knows next to nothing about, this article rings true for me. I think this is true of any learner, both child but especially adult learners. This is important to keep in mind whether the learning is done as e-learning/m-learning, or done by conventional means. Take a look, and tell me what you think. --techcommgeekmom
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Scuba Happy's curator insight, January 24, 1:56 AM

Very good advise but when do you find the time?

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What to expect from Microsoft's next Windows 10 event

What to expect from Microsoft's next Windows 10 event | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
After taking big swings with Windows 8 and 8.1 -- how big a miss they were is open to interpretation -- Microsoft's trying to redefine how we work with c
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I believe the event might actually be today (21 January 2015). OK, I will admit, while I love my iOS products, even now I still can't bring myself to go all the way with Apple products when it comes to my main laptop. I just can't! No matter what research I've done between features and what I use on my laptop, I still rest on the side of the Microsoft PC. Now, Microsoft has been a bit disappointing in recent years, and it's widely known that Win 8 and 8.1 have had...issues. I'm usually an early adopter of a new OS, but not this time. I'm still running on Win 7. So, I'm really looking forward to seeing and hearing what Win 10 is going to offer. I think I'm going to be in the market for a new laptop this year (mine is almost 5 years old), so the timing is good in that respect. I'm really hoping that while Win 10 adapts to mobile, it still retains something for laptop/desktop use as well. 

 

My husband just got a new MS Surface 3 Pro at work, so hopefully I'll get a chance to play with it a little more than what I have in a Microsoft store. I don't know that I'll get a Surface, as they are rather expensive, and I can get more features that I want on a regular laptop for less money. But this Win 10 release is supposed to be BIG. 

 

Will Microsoft win me over again, as well as others? We'll see...

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Want to go to the 2015 Intelligent Content Conference? Here's $100 for you!

Want to go to the 2015 Intelligent Content Conference? Here's $100 for you! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I can't believe it's been almost a year since I went to the Intelligent Content Conference in San Jose, California at Scott Abel's invitation. To say the least, I have to say I had a marvelous time...
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What to do when you need a break from blogging

What to do when you need a break from blogging | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Blogging can become all consuming at times. You're constantly coming up with ideas, doing research, writing, and publishing. Then repeating the cycle over and over again. It can become a grind. Eve...
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Some good advice here from Scott Nesbitt. I've employed some of these, and I think that now that I have over 800 posts on my blog, I can certainly bring back some of the earlier posts here and there for newer readers who missed things the first time around! 

 

Another thing I find helpful is curating content, much like what I'm doing right here. There are lots of great articles out there about the topics you like to cover, so why not share them? I curate content to bring in new ideas from others, but also as a means of saving information for myself later that I think my readers will find interesting as well. 

 

But we all need a break now and then, and it's not that we don't want to blog anymore--it could be that we are just busy or stumped on something exciting to say at the moment! 

 

How do you get over a writing block, especially on a blog? Share your ideas in the comments. 

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Why CMI Fell in Love with Intelligent Content (And You Will, Too)

Why CMI Fell in Love with Intelligent Content (And You Will, Too) | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Why was Joe Pulizzi delivering the keynote presentation at last year’s Intelligent Content Conference? He challenged the notion that content marketing is an isolated effort belonging to marketing.
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Marcia Riefer Johnston has written a great article about this year's upcoming Intelligent Content Conference. I attended last year's conference at the same time as she, and I will concur that it was a great conference to attend, and it's where I first heard of content marketing. It's content marketing which I'm in the process of understanding this year, hence the digital marketing courses that I'll be starting shortly.  

 

Take a look at this, as I had a pretty similar reaction last year as Marcia did (but she phrases it much more eloquently that I could). If you can go to this year's, I highly encourage it. Unfortunately, I can't make it to this year's, but don't let that stop you from going! 

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Experimenting with Jekyll for tech comm | I'd Rather Be Writing

Experimenting with Jekyll for tech comm | I'd Rather Be Writing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This is a great post by Tom Johnson about Jekyll, one of several static site generator apps out there to help build CMS based websites. I don't know much about static site generator apps--I suppose I need to learn more about them! This seems like a great introduction to the subject, and I'll be looking forward to reading more about the subject as Tom posts more about his exploration of Jekyll. 

 

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Personal Histories

Personal Histories | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
It's the summer of 2014, and I’m sitting in the consul’s office filling out form after form proving my right to German citizenship: filing notarized birth certificates, declaring my mother’s birthp...
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Jonathon Colman posted this in LinkedIn, and rightly so. It's an intense, very personal article by Sara Wachter-Boettcher (who I saw speak at a meeting for my local STC chapter last year) about content and how context can have a huge impact. The least I can say is, bravo Sara, for this article that's made a deep impression on me. Like you said, sometimes something that seems so simple on a form has huge reprocussions based on a person's history that we don't always realize. Well done. 

 

I implore all of you to go read this--strong stuff, but it's very good. 

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WordPress SEO Best Practices In 2015

WordPress SEO Best Practices In 2015 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In the past five years, Google has changed the meaning of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) — and boy did she bring down the hammer!
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Thanks to Tina Howe for finding this. I'm posting this not only to share, but as a "bookmark" of sorts for myself. I'm always trying to learn more about WordPress, and I'm hoping to learn more about SEO practices this year, so this article looks very helpful. Enjoy! --techcommgeekmom
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Will Lenssen, Prin's curator insight, January 13, 10:17 PM

We cannot stay in the comfort groove for long without discovering that it has become a ditch. These are some revealing points to consider. 

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Ready to learn tech comm or instructional design in 2015? Check these out...

Ready to learn tech comm or instructional design in 2015? Check these out... | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Thanks to Jonathon Colman for bringing a new certificate program in Content Strategy at the University of Washington to my attention. As a result, the list for the Tech Comm Educational Resources o...
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