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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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Apple Is Working On An Active Stylus For Use With iOS Devices

Apple Is Working On An Active Stylus For Use With iOS Devices | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Patently Apple has announced their final patent report of 2012. In it, they discuss a new Apple patent first published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Dec 27.

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Oh, this would be too cool to have one of these! I'd buy one!

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Gagné’s Nine Events of Instruction applied to Game Based Learning

Gagné’s Nine Events of Instruction applied to Game Based Learning | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

Following on from a recent post The Pedagogies in Game Based Learning, this article will look at how Gagné’s Nine Events of Instruction can be applied to game based learning.


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Ah, good ol' Gagné! His Nine Events of Instruction are one of the gold standards of instructional design, and for good reason. They make sense. This is a great article that shows how well-written gamification used for learning follows Gagné's rules very well. It sure explains why my video-game addicted son learns so much as he plays! Excellent article. 
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DBliton's curator insight, December 18, 2012 8:46 AM

This is related to our paper on

Recommendations for Designing Effective Learning Events in 3D Virtual

Worlds based on Gagne's Nine Events - See http://goo.gl/ECVR3. If you just want the summary recommendation table, I posted it to http://goo.gl/JaARD

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MOOCS, Online Learning, and the Wrong Conversation

MOOCS, Online Learning, and the Wrong Conversation | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

"The fact that MOOCS and online courses have sparked new conversations on your campus about teaching and learning is a terrific development. We should be grateful whenever attention is paid to teaching. The problem is that neither MOOCS or online courses are, in themselves, a strategy to meet the challenges we all face in higher ed. MOOCS and online courses are a means, not an end, and should be understood as such. The real conversation that you should be having on campus is about your institutions' goals around teaching and learning."


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This is definitely an important conversation to have in the correct way. I've been the recipient of an online education through a MOOC used effectively. Just like any course going from classroom to online, or for that matter going from e-learning to m-learning, careful thought has to be done to ensure that content is not lost, and that an essential part of learning--interaction--is included. It's a different dynamic than in a classroom, thus how a MOOC is used should be planned out accordingly.

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Dagmar Monett's curator insight, January 4, 2013 4:13 AM

I agree: "MOOCS and online courses are a means, not an end"

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You want more tech comm info? Let’s dig for buried treasure.

You want more tech comm info? Let’s dig for buried treasure. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I was mentioning to my husband that the stats on this blog have been rather low as of late. I figured that the holidays had something to do with it, but I wasn’t convinced that was all of it....
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The year everything went mobile

The year everything went mobile | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Smartphones and tablets stomped all over the old-school personal computer in 2012. Society won't ever be the same
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Thanks to @maxwellhoffmann for bringing this article to my attention. I think this article summarizes much of what I was trying to articulate in my last post about the importance with mobile, but this has more of the hard statistics facts listed. It's worth the read!

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How To Create A Simple Social Media Strategy [INFOGRAPHIC]

How To Create A Simple Social Media Strategy [INFOGRAPHIC] | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
One of the most frequent things I speak or consult on is strategy.  More specifically, how to develop a simple social media marketing strategy. Understand, there is no one size fits all for strateg...
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Excellent article by Robert Caruso, aka @fondalo. I would agree with this approach just based on my own experiences!

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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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Golden rules of content for 2013! | Tech-Tav

Golden rules of content for 2013! | Tech-Tav | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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Miriam Lottner, technical communicator extraordinaire from Tech-Tav Documentation Ltd., has written an excellent compilation of technical communications tips from various technical communicators from around the world. There are 50 tips in all! I'm honored that Miriam included one of my tips in her list. It's #11.  Lots to think about and utilize for 2013! Thanks for the inclusion, Miriam, and thanks for the other 49 fantastic tips as well!

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No Teachers, No Class, No Homework; Would You Send Your Kids Here?

No Teachers, No Class, No Homework; Would You Send Your Kids Here? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Democratic schooling may be the most radical experiment in education of the past 100 years.
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I found this thanks to @innovativeedu on Twitter. This sounds a lot like a school my son might thrive in! It's definitely an interesting concept. Also reminds me of the prep school that Auntie Mame sent young Patrick to in "Auntie Mame" and "Mame" respectively. (I think I've seen those movies a few too many times.) It might also sound like a Lord of the Flies scenario if there weren't adults to moderate things at the school.  Anyway, it'll be interesting to see if and how this might affect current educational thinking, and how it's related to the mobile revolution and the flipped classroom discussions. 

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DITA and the Return of the Editor

DITA and the Return of the Editor | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I have not had a lot of spare time of late as I have been working on several projects (which is always a good thing!) so I have not had...
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I've seen this happen in my former content management jobs, and sometimes it irked me--as a technical editor--that I couldn't take the opportunity to tweak things as needed. (I didn't have permission.) As content managers, we should take the time to see if we can help make content more efficient and correct. 

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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
Organization: the final frontier ...Continue reading →...

 

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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Khan Academy Founder Proposes a New Type of College - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Khan Academy Founder Proposes a New Type of College - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

Thanks to @OpenSesame for bringing this to my attention on Twitter. 

 

This is really an interesting concept, and I know for me personally, it would be something I would like, knowing that having an online education for my Masters worked well for me. This is definitely one way to promote a DIY education model! This certainly looks like a book that will be interesting read. 

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Five Ways to Avoid the “Congratulations” Cliche as You Start a User’s Guide

Five Ways to Avoid the “Congratulations” Cliche as You Start a User’s Guide | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
It seems that the manual for almost every product I buy starts off by congratulating me for having purchased the product.

 

This is an awesome article by @tomjohnson, who is a very prolific tech comm writer. He makes an excellent point here! It goes to show that tech comm writers need to start being a little more creative to make their end-products stand out!

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How to use QR codes in research and teaching

How to use QR codes in research and teaching | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
You have seen QR codes in ads, but do they make sense for academics? This post discusses why, when and how you can use QR codes in research and teaching.

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I have a cousin in the UK who has a Master's in Educational Technology, and I remember us having a conversation several weeks ago about the use of QR codes. She said they were everywhere in Europe and very heavily used not only for advertisements, but also being highly touted in ed tech circles over there. I told her that I hadn't seen it as much here, but I didn't doubt that it could work. 

 

Then, just yesterday during my first day of work at the new job, my new manager took me to the company's "Innovation Center", which is like a small visitor's center, to show some of the latest innovations of the company. And sure enough, since the entire Innovation Center is meant to be a highly interactive learning tool in a confined space, I saw the use of the QR codes there. Of course, the global headquarters of the company is based in Germany, so in that respect, I wasn't surprised that the QR codes were being used based on what my cousin had told me. But I was pleased to see how they were effective in providing additional information. At certain stations in the room, there would be a tablet with a a built-in camera in front of a small stand up display of a photo with a QR code. To learn more about the particular product or process, the visitor would just take a photo of the QR code, and voila! Video and other interactive content would display on the tablet. It was actually very cool. 

 

This article is really good because it's a great primer for how to use QR codes effectively. This is a must read! 
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The Technology of Massive Open Online Courses

The Technology of Massive Open Online Courses | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

Online learning used to be synonymous with shady diploma mills that offered a questionable product. Now it suggests something much better and more technologically sophisticated.


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Another excellent article about the future of MOOCs. It's definitely a growing business, whether it's internally in higher ed or going corporate. This article also stresses the challenges in providing the same quality content as the classroom experience. Definitely a must-read. 

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Les MOOC c'est aussi de la recherche-action, comprendre dans l'action et agir pour comprendre ... Grand temps d'agir en tout cas ! L'innovation ne peut-être entièrement planifiée.

Elena Caldirola's curator insight, January 7, 2013 7:30 AM

... questi due insistono. E dai e dai che alla fine la avranno vinta.

DoS Nexus's comment, January 7, 2013 8:12 AM
This looks very interesting indeed. Just signed up for a course!
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New Learning Opportunities Create Self-directed Learners

New Learning Opportunities Create Self-directed Learners | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
What if learning took care of itself in your organization? What if your staff knew what they needed to know, or learn, to do their job successfully? Would you say, great! Go for it. Or would you say, wait a minute not so fast.
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I think this is a very common problem in many organizations. I've even been in the situation where the response would be, "Great! I'm glad you found something that could help you, but we can't afford to send you to _____."  This means that individuals end up learning things on their own anyway. But if more resources--especially good ones online--become more available, this will allow not only better training and learning opportunities for self-directed learners, but it will also allow for better cost savings long term. 

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2013: The Year Of Social HR - Forbes

2013: The Year Of Social HR - Forbes | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
2012 was the year for workforce innovation, with more companies experimenting with using social media to brand and market their organizations.
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I've seen several people re-post this on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. I have to say that just by sheer trial and error, I figured this all out the hard way in the past year. Everything here is totally on target. 

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WordPress Report:TechCommGeekMom’s Done Okay in 2012!

WordPress Report:TechCommGeekMom’s Done Okay in 2012! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I think for the first 9 months of a niche blog, this isn’t too bad: The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people rea...
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Why HTML5 Rocks - HTML5 Rocks

A resource for developers looking to put HTML5 to use today, including information on specific features and when to use them in your apps.
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Great article found by @maxwellhoffmann. A must read!

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TechWhirl's Top 12 Technical Communication Articles of 2012

TechWhirl's Top 12 Technical Communication Articles of 2012 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Mike McCallister rounds up the top 12 technical communication articles on TechWhirl in 2012: reviews, humor, eBooks, and integrated technical communication.
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Very good article. Many of these articles were ones that I highlighted at sometime during the year either on TechCommGeekMom or on my Twitter accounts. Good stuff. 

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M-learning and E-learning will never replace teachers entirely

M-learning and E-learning will never replace teachers entirely | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As I start to write this, a few days have passed since one of the worst school massacres in the United States happened in Newtown, Connecticut. I won’t go into the details, only because it...
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8 Things we MUST do in 2013 to seize the potential of mLearning | The mLearning Revolution Blog

8 Things we MUST do in 2013 to seize the potential of mLearning | The mLearning Revolution Blog | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
2012 has been an amazing year for mobile! This year we have seen technology companies introduce a myriad of mobile devices of all sizes, prices and operating systems. In 2012 Apple announced ...
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As we start to wrap up 2012 and push forward towards 2013, RJ Jacquez is on the money--as he always is--on looking at what we need to focus on for the coming year. Much of this applies not only to m-learning, but thinking in terms of content in general as well. Everything will be going mobile before you know it! This is a MUST read. 

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What did you do to get that Tech Comm job?

What did you do to get that Tech Comm job? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As the news continues to spread that I finally got a full-time job after a year of searching, one of my friends from Adobe suggested that I should write a post about how I got the job, with the pur...
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What you so afraid of? Part II – The Tech Comm Edition

What you so afraid of? Part II – The Tech Comm Edition | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I’ve been reflecting a lot, lately, into what makes me continue to pursue a technical career, especially in technical communications. I’ve been thinking about what I’ve been doing...
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How to Clean Up Your Online Presence and Make a Great First Impression

How to Clean Up Your Online Presence and Make a Great First Impression | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Odds are someone is searching the web for you right now, or at least has looked you up fairly recently. Do you know what they learned? Better yet, do you control the pages and profiles they visited?

 

For those trying to have a solid social media presence--especially professionally-- there is some good advice here. Thanks for @kokasexton for pointing this article out on Twitter. 

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