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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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The Pros and Cons of Gamification in the Classroom

The Pros and Cons of Gamification in the Classroom | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As the gamification trend continues unabated, experts weigh in on students’ and instructors’ motivations.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Thanks to @kevin_corbett for finding this article. I do think gamification helps in the learning process, but as the article points out, we're still in our infancy stages of truly deploying this effectively. Good article. 

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English as a Talent Magnet

English as a Talent Magnet | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I get a lot of questions about my program of Englishnization – the goal I have set to make English the unified language of our business. Many ask me why I bother. If they could see my in-box,
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Found this thanks to Adriane Hunt on LinkedIn. 

 

Is English becoming the "business language," much like French used to be (perhaps still is) the diplomat's language? Is this a good thing or bad thing, or "it is what it is"? 

 

Discuss. 

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PC sales in 'longest' historical drop

PC sales in 'longest' historical drop | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Global personal computer (PC) sales fall for the fifth quarter in a row, making it the "longest duration of decline" in history.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This has been long predicted, and if you think about it, it's not really all that surprising. Tablets have made everyday computing affordable and accessible. PCs, in my mind, are for the "heavy lifting" tasks beyond simple media, e-messaging and web browsing. Most people don't do the heavy lifting on a daily basis, especially in their personal lives, so naturally tablets are an affordable way to stay connected. 

Those in technically-related jobs, like tech comm, e-learning, web development, etc. need those heavy-lifting machines, but we're also buying machines in a way that we don't upgrade as quickly anymore. For example, I bought my laptop in 2010. I've upgraded the RAM, replaced the battery, but I also bought a machine that wasn't the cheapest or slowest processor at the time. It's a 1st generation Intel iCore 5. That's a minimum now, but wasn't then. I usually upgraded my machine every 2.5-3 years, but I think I can hold out on my laptop for another year--maybe two. PC manufacturers have to rethink their sales to be like cars. You could perhaps lease a laptop or desktop for 2-3 years (some actually do that), or think long-term where a person could have the machine for more time than the average leasing term, like 5-7 years--or more. If PCs were built and upgradable much like a person can maintain a car, I think laptops wouldn't decline so much.

 

Even so, like I said, the average person on the street uses a tablet or smartphone to connect in ways that a PC isn't needed. Perhaps sales expectations and dynamics need to shift.

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Blogging Best Practices | Social Media Today

Blogging Best Practices | Social Media Today | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Learn how to be a great blogger -- even if you're not a great writer -- with these tips.
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This is certainly an interesting way to approach blogging. Not exactly how I approach it, but it could work. 

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Float Mobile Learning | New Handbook of Mobile Learning Is Far-Reaching In Breadth and Depth

Float Mobile Learning | New Handbook of Mobile Learning Is Far-Reaching In Breadth and Depth | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Routledge's 2013 compilation of more than 100 mobile learning research articles should be considered by faculty members, consultants, and even mobile learning developers.

Via Mayra Aixa Villar
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Looks like an interesting book!

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From the Sidelines on Being a Tech Comm Newbie and Respect - Tech Writer Today Magazine - TechWhirl

From the Sidelines on Being a Tech Comm Newbie and Respect - Tech Writer Today Magazine - TechWhirl | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Classic humor from Lisa on being a technical writing newbie and respect that's too hard to find. Truths from the turn of the century that still ring true.
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While I can definitely relate to this, both as a newbie and as someone who's been out in the world for a while, the scary thing is that while this is done in a humorous tone, every last bit of it is sadly true. And even when you are older and have been around the block a few times like I have, you will still be the newbie each time you enter a new job or contract. I think my current job is the first time they actually listen to my suggestions and what I have to say to some degree. It's just a sad truth here. 
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How to create a successful blog.. 10 things you ABSOLUTELY NEED to do to be a success

How to create a successful blog.. 10 things you ABSOLUTELY NEED to do to be a success | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
How to create a successful blog.. 10 things you ABSOLUTELY NEED to do to be a success! Something different today for the many who have asked me how to start a blog and get it to be known. I do not ...
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Found this thanks to @kimgooden on Twitter. 

It's a different perspective than some others, but the foundation still comes out pretty much the same. It's a good read. 

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All The Wired Editors Are Becoming "Content Strategists" — Is This A Leading Indicator Of The Future Of Marketing?

All The Wired Editors Are Becoming "Content Strategists" — Is This A Leading Indicator Of The Future Of Marketing? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Yesterday, Wired Senior Editor Michael Copeland announced that he'd be joining venture capital superfirm Andreessen Horowitz (A16Z) to lead "content strategy." Though the firm is known for
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My friend Helen (@hhmosher on Twitter) posted this on LinkedIn. It's definitely a great article that shows something that we tech comm peeps already knew--that content strategy hold a lot of importance these days, and it's good to understand what it is and how to use it. 

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Autistic Boy Learns to Speak With the Help of Technology - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Autistic Boy Learns to Speak With the Help of Technology - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA | | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
An autistic teen who can't speak, wrote a book about what its like to be autistic.   It is opening eyes about what kids with Autism are thinking, feeling, and capable of.
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This is why I love iPads so much. I think it opens up whole new worlds not only for non-verbal autistics like the boy in this story, but also those who are verbal, like my high-functioning son. I still believe that tablets--especially iPads--are still the tools that will help the most with aiding special needs kids communicate and participate in society. 

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Beyond IQ: 5 Ways To Reframe Success And Smarts

Beyond IQ: 5 Ways To Reframe Success And Smarts | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
When Scott Barry Kaufman was in elementary school, he lagged behind other students, in large part because a series of ear infections as a toddler made it difficult for him to process words in real time.
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I am all too familiar with the concept of neurodiversity, even before learning about the movement due to my son's issues. My father, now a retired educator, was fascinated with "learning styles' as they related to the concepts portrayed in this article, and the issues I had in school, as well as those my son has now, make me fully aware of this. 

 

Those who are in e-learning, m-learning and tech comm should read this article. It helps to provide a mental framework for understanding who needs to be reached in a broad audience, and how different methods can be beneficial in the output of content. 

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More Than 90% of Companies Do Not Have A Formal Content Strategy | The Content Wrangler

More Than 90% of Companies Do Not Have A Formal Content Strategy | The Content Wrangler | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

A great article from Scott Abel. It's amazing to think that content strategy just isn't thought about much, yet it truly needs to be the backbone of all information output. I can attest from my own experiences at various companies that this is true, or it's not done as fully as it should be. I know I'm trying to do my part at the job I have right now to get people think about content strategy for various microsites that I work on. 

Great information to think about!

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8 High-Paying, Nontraditional Degrees | Bankrate.com

8 High-Paying, Nontraditional Degrees | Bankrate.com | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
You don't need a finance or engineering degree to earn big bucks. These nontraditional degrees can result in high-paying jobs.
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My friend, Ben Woelk, posted this on Facebook. This is a great promotion for technical communicators! Hoping to make the big bucks myself one day!
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The Future Is Now: User Experience Drives Technical Communication

The Future Is Now: User Experience Drives Technical Communication | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Jacquie Samuels explores the future without a crystal ball: the ways user experience drives technical communication. Think gesture control and Google Glass.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This TechWhirl article by Jacquie Samuels is completely on target, from what I can see. Everything she says here encompasses so much of what I was hearing from the buzz both at the STC Summit and what I hear online. Excellent, excellent summary. This is the direction all tech comm brains should going towards.

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What Do You Want Kids to Do with Technology?

What Do You Want Kids to Do with Technology? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

Wrong Answers: make Prezis, start blogs, create Wordles, publish Animotos, design flipcharts, produce videos, post to Edmodo, use whiteboard, develop apps

 

Right Answers: raise awareness, start conversations, find answers (to THEIR questions), join partners, change minds, make a difference, take action, drive change

 

Technology is a TOOL, NOT an outcome


Via Felix Jacomino
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

I love this! I think it's something that's easily overlooked, not only for students, but adults too. Adults get too obsessed about the tools as well, if you ask me! And as is the case with both the student and adult populations, we can always learn and adapt to new tools.

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Hannah Roukas's curator insight, October 22, 2013 7:55 AM

This post was short but to the point.  Technology should be one of the subjects kids learn in school, it should be used to help kids develop ideas.  Teachers should use technology to keep lessons interesting so kids don't fall asleep or become uninteresting.

Geoff Findley's curator insight, November 29, 2013 1:08 AM

Good to think about...

Cynthia Phoa's curator insight, March 3, 2015 7:31 PM

Thank you!

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What's wrong with being a lurker?

What's wrong with being a lurker? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
It occurred to me that while I haven't been writing or curating as much as I usually do, I still make sure that I'm reading my various social media feeds, so I can see what the latest trends and co...
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Is it time to Abandon Adobe Flash in eLearning Design? [Chime in]

Is it time to Abandon Adobe Flash in eLearning Design? [Chime in] | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
This morning while reading the latest news, I came across a CNET news article, entitled "Flash quietly re-emerges on Amazon's Kindle Fire." Speaking to All Things Digital in an interview published ...
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As always, RJ Jacquez is promoting the next level of interactive design, namely HTML5 instead of Flash. His blog post here is a little long (only because it's images from Twitter of his Twitter conversation), but it really brings to life the pros and cons of full-conversion to HTML5. 

 

For the moment, I can't take a side because I'm undecided. I really understand both sides of the issue. Having spoken to my developer husband about the topic in the past, I know he says that getting the desired effect is easier with Flash. I've been in companies that are very slow to changing over to mobile, let alone change over to utilizing HTML5. Flash is still predominant and people like it, so it's hard to push those kinds of changes. 

 

What do you think? Post here, or feel free to post on RJ's site as well. 

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Transforming Education Through Technology HR 521 Bill

Bill HR 521 is focused on education technology and is slowly working its way through the US Legislature. Technology is ever advancing and in order to stay
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This information came my way courtesy of @ronkowitz (Ken Ronkowitz) on Twitter. As you know, I'm a big proponent of technology for the classroom, and yet so many schools in the US are not up to speed just with the technology used in the classroom. Additionally, access is limited to this technology for many schools, as there could be one computer for a large group of students. Not very productive! This bill will help remedy that problem. Let's hope it goes through!
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ASTD: Developing A Mobile Learning Strategy

ASTD: Developing A Mobile Learning Strategy | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Realize the potential of mobile learning in your organization.

Via Mayra Aixa Villar
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Mayra Aixa Villar is a rising star in the e-learning/m-learning world, and she knows her stuff! I'm pleased to also call her my friend as well. She definitely is an authority on mobile learning strategies--check this out!

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Mayra Aixa Villar's comment, July 5, 2013 7:42 AM
Thank you! wow! Thank you so much for your kind words, Danielle!
Константин's comment, July 8, 2013 4:07 PM
great job!
Mayra Aixa Villar's comment, July 8, 2013 8:17 PM
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Is Social Media Still an Enigma?

Is Social Media Still an Enigma? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Social media remains the most powerful source of communication in the world - but there is a social media danger when it's used for oppression.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This is a great article that was brought to my attention on LinkedIn through @GuyKawasaki. A good portion of the information in this article was the kind of thing we talked about in my graduate school social media class, taught by Dr. Andrew Klobucar. Amongst the topics we spoke of was the role of social media in information dissemination, and the role of "netizens". Good stuff! It makes you think about the role of social media beyond tweeting or Facebooking photos of your dinner on vacation. A very good read--it helps to put the real role of social media in perspective. 

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Villegas Views: Why Bother Learning More in Technical Communication?

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I have a new monthly byline with the STC Notebook blog! Welcome to Villegas Views. Check out this latest entry about continuing education in tech comm.

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Letter from the UK: Technical Communicators and their Websites

Letter from the UK: Technical Communicators and their Websites | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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Ellis Pratt of Cherryleaf was kind enough to use my blog as an example in his latest STC Notebook article. It's a good article, too, even without the mention of my website! Do read this article--it's good reading. 

 

Thanks, Ellis! :-)
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Websites still matter...put that in your call to action and smoke it!

Websites still matter...put that in your call to action and smoke it! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The value of an effective website sometimes gets lost among all the churn and coverage over Social Media's impact on marketing. Experts who once argued that small companies only need a "FaceBook" p...
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This is a great article by Joel Kline, who is someone I met and chatted quite a bit with at the STC Summit. Joel makes an excellent case here on how social media and websites should be used cohesively. In the end, it's still about knowing your audience! A must read!
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TechCommGeekMom's Excellent Adventure - A look back at STC Summit 2013

TechCommGeekMom's Excellent Adventure - A look back at STC Summit 2013 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
OK, I know it's been more than a month since the 2013 STC Summit ended, but I promise this is the last blog entry I'm going to do about it. No, seriously. I mean it. I was writing up so many blog p...
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Want A Job? Don't Bother With These Degrees - Yahoo! Education

Want A Job? Don't Bother With These Degrees - Yahoo! Education | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Usually the goal of earning a college degree is to make you employable upon graduation, right? Well if you major in one of these four degrees, you might find yourself jobless after graduation instead.
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Check out the last listing on this article for "low unemployment" degree--it mentions tech comm! As RJ Jacquez would say, this bodes well for technical communication. :-)
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Has Technology Killed Cursive Handwriting?

Has Technology Killed Cursive Handwriting? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Has the rise of technology led to the fall of cursive handwriting in the U.S.? We spoke with handwriting experts and education officials to find out.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

There are good points made on both sides of this argument in this article. As the mother of a special needs child, cursive is not for everyone. While my son has learned cursive, he doesn't prefer it, and his keyboarding skills are improving all the time. While I can write in cursive just fine, I find that I'm the opposite of the little girl in the story who won a cursive writing award. She felt that her creativity came out more with cursive. For me, that could be further from the truth, and I think it's the same with my son. Because my keyboarding skills have gotten better and better over the years, I am able to express myself much better when using a keyboard, as my thoughts come out more quickly than if I was using any kind of handwriting. I find this to be true with my son. Additionally, as voice-activated technology gets better and better, that might even replace keyboarding as an option more and more. 

 

As one person in the article said, just because we don't use Roman numerals all the time doesn't mean that we shouldn't learn math. Handwriting is all about interfaces, and technology changes those interfaces. I mean, if we didn't have print letters, we'd be still be reading handwritten texts from the monasteries of medieval times, and we wouldn't have the widespread global literacy rates that we have as compared to hundreds of years ago! Time will tell what impact current technology will have on literacy and creativity. 

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