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A collection of all the tech comm topics I find most timely or helpful, with a special emphasis on e-learning and m-learning
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Google Glass: now available for people who actually need glasses

Google Glass: now available for people who actually need glasses | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

Google has taken the step that many asked for regarding its Google Glass head-mounted computer – it introduced prescription frames for the device.


Via Guillaume Decugis
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This is awesome for people like me who are eternally attached to their prescription lenses. Now, I just need to save up to buy a pair...

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Martin Hunt's curator insight, February 3, 2014 3:00 AM

Title: A new way to cheat in exam

Jolle Kirpensteijn's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:55 AM

This is cool!

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#Googleglass #Google #Technology

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California regulator seeks to shut down 'learn to code' bootcamps

California regulator seeks to shut down 'learn to code' bootcamps | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Unless they comply with California regulators, these organizations face imminent closure and a hefty $50,000 fine.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

The situation here is a slippery slope. On the one hand, it does seem like government telling these places what they can and can't teach. If it isn't being taught in a conventional setting, what's the problem in setting up a business that provides a valuable service? The key, in the whole thing, is consumer fraud. All these code academies may be on the up and up, but how is anyone to know for sure unless there is some sort of regulation in place. What makes is cringe-worthy to me in reading this is that I start wondering about where the fine line is between innovation and crushing that, and between providing opportunity and stunting opportunity.  

 

This starts to bring up the question about online learning and regulations on that. When I started in the IT business, it was as the content manager of one of the first e-learning websites out there about 20 years ago. At the time, the state where we were located had levelled some legal challenges to us because the owners used the term "university" for the name of their product. It was a bit of a firestorm, but it was a similar situation to this one. I don't know how it eventually got resolved, but I know the "university" part was kept somehow as time went on.  The content of the university was driven by third-party content from established educational curriculum publishers, and content provided by the clients that were specific to their own needs, and would be exclusive to the client. Nobody was really reinventing the wheel here, just reinventing how the information was distributed. I'm wondering if the same sort of situation is happening here with these coding bootcamps. 

 

The other part of this is how it affects online learning. Unless there's something I don't know (and it's totally possible that I don't know in this case), but is Khan Academy subject to these same regulations, even though they are free (or at least subsidized by several investors such as Microsoft)? If not, why not? What about other MOOC-distribuiting sites? It seems to me that California might be opening up a Pandora's box of problems, because it would be difficult to draw the line--or would it? 

 

For the consumer reasons, I understand what California is doing. I don't want to get some sort of credential saying that I took a course and then find out that it's not recognized or that I really didn't learn a damn thing. That part, I get. But the problem lies in determining what gets regulated and what doesn't. Is it only regulated if someone pays money to learn?  Where do we draw the line between what's available at conventional places of learning such as vocational education schools, schools, universities/colleges, business schools and the like, and online schooling or non-conventional schools such as Khan Academy, MOOCs, Udemy, Coursera, or these bootcamps?

 

It's definitely worth a discussion, because I don't think there's an easy answer to this question. 

 

What do you think? Feel free to have a respectful discussion below in the comments. 

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Sieg Holle's curator insight, February 7, 2014 12:21 PM

bad precedent - stop this cancer from spreading

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Content Strategy practices are not hard!

Content Strategy practices are not hard! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
While I haven't been an official content strategist/publisher for that long, I actually have been web publishing for a long time now. Over the years, I've learned the difference between good practi...
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Language: The Differences Between American and British English Spellings Explained

Language: The Differences Between American and British English Spellings Explained | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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Great little chart here. It's no wonder that I get some of my spelling wrong, as some words I confuse the British and American spellings. Talk about a need to come up with standardized English! 

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Multi-material 3D printer launched

Multi-material 3D printer launched | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A 3D printer than can make objects using different colours and materials is being launched at SolidWorks World in San Diego, California.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I have a slight obsession with 3D printers. I wish I had one to play with! But this article tells us that the next step in 3D printing is here with multiple materials and textures. That's a huge step forward! Read on!

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Juan Carlos Ortiz's curator insight, February 12, 2014 9:06 AM

Design, prototypes, samples

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Giant tablets, 3D printers among top school technology for 2014

Giant tablets, 3D printers among top school technology for 2014 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Huge touch-screen displays, 3D printers, and a host of programmable robots are ready for class. Read this article by Andrew Hoyle on CNET.
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I said 3D Printing would be big in the classroom...and I was right! Check this report out about the latest technology being brought to the classroom. Cool stuff. Makes me wish I was a kid again!

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Diana Costilla's curator insight, January 26, 2014 12:31 PM

Equipo de FESTO ya tenemos, tablet gigante no pero proyector para pintarrón interactivo sí, habrá que anexar al torno y a la fresa una impresora 3D   :)

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Villegas Views: New Year, New You, New Tech Comm

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Here's my latest post in the STC Notebook blog! What are your goals for 2014?

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Hershey's 3D Chocolate Printer Will Make Your Mouth Water [VIDEO]

Hershey's 3D Chocolate Printer Will Make Your Mouth Water [VIDEO] | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Willy Wonka's wildest dreams might be coming true. Hershey's and 3D Systems are teaming up to create a 3D chocolate printer.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

I find 3D printer technology fascinating. This article talks about how we might be getting closer to Captain Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation's common request of, "Earl Grey, hot," of the ship's replicator. This is a very cool progression. This is one reason I'm an advocate of teaching kids the basics of 3D printing. It will be used in all sorts of manufacturing, but it looks like food production is next!

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Teri Warner's curator insight, January 22, 2014 3:03 PM

The idea that I could make my own chocolate bars with key messages for eLearning courses would be another tool in my toolbox.

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Jacks-Of-All-Trades Don't Get Interviews Because...

Jacks-Of-All-Trades Don't Get Interviews Because... | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As a career coach, I get a lot of emails that go something like this:
Dear J.T.,I lost my job after working for more than ____ years at the same company. In that time, I had a variety of
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I know this feeling all too well from my own tech comm job searches.  I don't think I ever looked for a job that juggled many specialities, but I often would try to promote that I was a jack-of-all-trades. What helped me was concentrating on one thing, but promoting "multi-specialties" instead of just one specialty. It's complicated, for sure. This is an article worth checking out. 

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Social Media trends of 2014

Social Media trends of 2014 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Trends change every year, check out the newest trends we'll see in 2014.
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This is a good article, as it brings up some points I've heard before about making it searchable for people, not search engines. A quick read, but insightful. --techcommgeekmom
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4 Tips for Content Chunking in e-Learning

4 Tips for Content Chunking in e-Learning | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
If your learners aren’t performing as well on their post-training evaluations as you’d hoped, you may want to try an e-Learning development technique to help them remember - content chunking. 
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

The concept of "chunking" is not new, yet it can apply in tech comm as well as e-learning, but it's especially important in e-learning. This article is a good refresher on some concepts of best practices on how to do it. If you want to have a better understanding of how chunking is especially important in mobile learning (or mobile in general), read about my whitepaper that discusses this topic (found at http://wp.me/p2hiSW-76). 

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How Anxiety Empowers A Pro Blogger's Writing

How Anxiety Empowers A Pro Blogger's Writing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Controlling anxiety, bloggers empower their writing and channel the positive emotions generated by being anxious about writing performance.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Darin L. Hammond's article here couldn't come at a better time for me! I know I often feel anxious that I can't always keep up with my blogging responsibilities, and I own up to that. And yes, sometimes it is writer's block due to anxiety. I'm definitely going to be reviewing this article many times, I'm sure!  Another excellent piece by Darin.

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Markdown quick reference

Markdown quick reference | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
See the Markdown page for instructions on enabling Markdown for posts, pages and comments on your blog, and for more detailed information about using Markdown. Markdown Processed Emphasis *Emphasiz...
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Recently, I had curated a post that recommended that technical communicators should learn to use the markup language of Markdown. I had never heard of it until that point. 

 

It turns out that WordPress does, indeed, support Markdown, and I didn't have the "switch" turned on in my setup to recognize it. WordPress actually provides a quick reference guide on the most commonly used format, which are provided in this link. 

 

Good luck!

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The Mark One Is World's First Carbon Fiber 3D Printer

The Mark One Is World's First Carbon Fiber 3D Printer | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A new 3D printer can print carbon fiber and other composite materials.
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Check out this next step in 3D printing! First there were plastics, then food, now carbon fiber! What will be next? --techcommgeekmom
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Brendan Palmer's curator insight, February 13, 2014 5:10 AM

Not long now to Captain Kirk's "Replicator"

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Mobile-First Is Old News. Think Platform-First.

Mobile-First Is Old News. Think Platform-First. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Google's Eric Schmidt famously said that mobile is no longer winning, it has already won. If you still find yourself using "mobile first" as a buzzword to shift everyone in your company to mobile,
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I still think it's "mobile first", but understanding the platform differences listed here are important. It's still about mobile, in the end, but seen as how the different OSs approach mobility. In some respects, it could still be seen as something similar to PC vs. Mac, but on a mobile scale. This article is an interesting read, and worth reading for the insight. 

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Quality Content is in the Eye of the Consumer | Content Rules, Inc.

Quality Content is in the Eye of the Consumer | Content Rules, Inc. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Val Swisher has written yet another excellent article that gets to the heart of content. Just today, in fact, I was questioning this very topic, and not understanding why more people don't understand these basics. Read this throughly if you write or manage any content, because this article will help to boil it all down for you and get you in the right (or "write") mentality. Must, must, MUST read!

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Star Trek Replicator Nearing Reality?

Star Trek Replicator Nearing Reality? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

News - Need proof that Star Trek's food replicator is nearing reality? Check out this video of a 3D printer making... pizza.

Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

To follow-up with my 3D printer news from yesterday, here's another step closer to 3D printing with food! I'd have to taste this pizza to see if it would work out. Maybe we are starting to get closer to replicators after all. 

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The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral Will Amaze, and Maybe Infuriate, You

The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral Will Amaze, and Maybe Infuriate, You | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In scientific research on what makes articles go viral, amusing stories were shared more frequently than less amusing ones.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This is a fascinating article from the New Yorker that was posted on Google+. It's interesting that it's not SEO keywords as dictated by an artificial logorithm that does it, but mostly through emotional means. Definitely an article worth reading, especially for all content writers, whether they write for blogs or other content. 

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Agatha's curator insight, January 26, 2014 6:02 AM

diffuser une histoire

viral

Leonardo Wild's curator insight, January 26, 2014 8:42 AM

Interesting for those who wish to attract attention to their social media network or topic of discussion.

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Social, Digital & Mobile Around The World (January 2014)

This report presents all the key statistics, data and behavioural indicators for social, digital and mobile channels around the world. Alongside regional pictures...

Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This is a really interesting and insightful Slideshare presentation. It's interesting to see what the digital indicators are worldwide, and the penetration of digital--meaning internet and mobile access--in the world. This is worth a good look!

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A Story for Technical Writers - How to Write

A Story for Technical Writers - How to Write | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Hey, tech writers. Adobe published a story today that you might appreciate. It's my story of using their FrameMaker software to save one of my clients $16,000 and cut six weeks off a project's translation schedule by single sourcing two user guides.
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Technical writers--do you ever wonder if your efforts are worth it? My friend Marcia Riefer Johnston wrote an article for Adobe that showed how using Framemaker helped her save her client money. So, it showed how the true power of tech comm can work! Read this article!

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Dave Brennan's curator insight, January 26, 2014 2:18 PM

Take a look at this...

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Teaching Tech Writing in High School - An Interesting Approach | Content Rules, Inc.

Teaching Tech Writing in High School - An Interesting Approach | Content Rules, Inc. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This is a great little article by Val Swisher. She makes a good point--it sounds like a great class and a great exercise for the kids. I wonder why more classes don't teach this kind of writing early on?

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10 essential questions to decide if you are ready to be a pro blogger?

10 essential questions to decide if you are ready to be a pro blogger? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Since this article drew you in, I assume that you already blog. That is awesome. You are a better person because of it, even if you're not making money. Bloggers are among the best friends I have....
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Darin L. Hammond has done it yet again! This is a superb how-to for those who'd like to become professional bloggers. Some of the steps are pointers that Darin has made in the past that are worth repeating. I'm doing my best to follow many of these steps myself, and work towards making TechCommGeekMom a more professionally recognized blog that can lead to more independent opportunities. Someday! --techcommgeekmom
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Top Instructional Design Trends and Outlook for 2014

Top Instructional Design Trends and Outlook for 2014 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As an e-learning, m-learning, and ILT vendor-partner working directly with clients and as manager of a team of instructional designers, Catherine Davis actively works on innovative instructional design projects every day.
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If you've been paying attention in the e-learning and m-learning world, these concepts are not new, and they've actually been pushed for the last couple of years. I think the trick is that we're at a point where instead of being pioneering concepts just two to three years ago, these concepts mentioned in the article are what we should be focused on NOW. Yet, so many companies still fail to see that this is the way to go. Hopefully, much like my own 2014 predictions (see http://wp.me/p2hiSW-LH), I think this is the year that necessitates a strong push for implementation of these concepts. 

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12 Things To Do To Upscale Your Personal Brand This Year

12 Things To Do To Upscale Your Personal Brand This Year | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
No matter how you decide to do this, the cure will enhance the value of your personal brand this year.
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I've done most of these already, so the few I haven't I will probably look into. This is good advice whether you are on a job hunt or not! It's good to keep information updated at all times. You never know what opportunities may come about!

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Gartner Says Worldwide Traditional PC, Tablet, Ultramobile and Mobile Phone Shipments On Pace to Grow 7.6 Percent in 2014

Gartner Says Worldwide Traditional PC, Tablet, Ultramobile and Mobile Phone Shipments On Pace to Grow 7.6 Percent in 2014 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2014, a 7.6 percent increase from 2013, according to Gartner, Inc.
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Thanks to Marta Rauch for posting this up in several social media spots. 

 

What's most important to gain from this article is the fact that mobile is taking over--the numbers don't lie. Most people find the convenience of smartphones and tablets good enough to meet their needs. Apps of all types are constantly raising the bar to increase productivity on these devices.  At what point will mobile devices be taking over completely? In my imagination, it might still be a while, since there are still those of us who use desktops and laptops to run heavy duty apps for work purposes.  But for everyday use consumer use, it's easy to see that mobile devices are taking over. 

 

While tech comm and e-learning communities are already embracing this, it still seems to me that we're still not there yet. Many companies still don't have as many mobile workstations or write websites for mobile.  A few years ago, this time was deemed the "mobile revolution", and indeed, it's evident from this article that the revolution has started. But at what point do we determine that the revolution is over? From what I can tell, we're still not there, and we need to keep pushing this agenda. 

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