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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 True Purpose of a Website | Web Design Business Builder

The True Purpose of a Website | Web Design Business Builder | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
It’s easy for a designer or developer to lose sight of what the purpose of a website is. Most people, when asked why they have a website for their busin...
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Websites are so much more! This is just the icing of what it's NOT.
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Windows 8 — Disappointing Usability for Both Novice and Power Users

Windows 8 — Disappointing Usability for Both Novice and Power Users | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Hidden features, reduced discoverability, cognitive overhead from dual environments, and reduced power from a single-window UI and low information density. Too bad.
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Jakob Nielsen is at it again. I found this article thanks to a friend of a friend on LinkedIn. My friend was asking about Windows 8, trying to get a feel for whether is was worth the switch, and another friend of hers recommended this article, and it's a good one. I think without going as in-depth as Nielsen did, even just with some of the perusing I've done at my local Microsoft stores had me leery of the product. I'm usually the first to jump onboard with a new OS from Microsoft, and for the first time, I'm actually hesitating and truly hedging on doing the upgrade. I'm very much a PC person when it comes to my heavy duty computing needs, but I'm really still not sure about Windows 8. This article justifies my instincts a bit. 

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Teaching Tips From Tim Gunn, Mentor on ‘Project Runway’

Teaching Tips From Tim Gunn, Mentor on ‘Project Runway’ | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Tim Gunn, the “Project Runway” style guru, has seen more than his share of classrooms. He answers a few questions about mentoring in and out of them.
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I LOVE Tim Gunn. He's one of the reasons I watch "Project Runway" in the first place. And oddly enough, even as a viewer, I think I've taken his words and advice to heart over the years myself. He provides very sage and practical advice that has definitely helped me not only as a student, but as an instructor and as a person as well. Part of what he likes--and he discusses it in this article a bit--is that he never discourages anyone to a point that the person loses faith or him or herself. Tim always tries to find what makes that person unique or special, and tries to help draw it out of that person so he or she can shine. More people needs to approach teaching and mentoring this way.

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Steve Jobs, Phone Phreaker

Steve Jobs, Phone Phreaker | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
One of the most heartfelt—and unexpected—remembrances of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last month at the age of 26, came from Yale professor Edward Tufte.
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I've read about these kinds of tech antics, and always envied them. I think it's because if I had more exposure, know-how and support as a girl doing it, I would've been doing stuff like this too. I always loved fiddling with stuff like this, but I think in the long run, I wouldn't have been a "phreaker" simply because I'm too much of a "goody-two-shoes" and afraid of being caught and getting into trouble. But I have to admit, I truly admire those who have the mad skills to do this sort of thing. This is a really good article for the tech geeks out there. 

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I’m not a writer. Wait…you say…I AM?

I’m not a writer. Wait…you say…I AM? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I still remember sitting at my little desk at school one Friday afternoon when I was in first grade. It was the early seventies, and Friday afternoons were usually the time where all of the kids wo...
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Managing Information: Types of Content Management Systems Explained

Managing Information: Types of Content Management Systems Explained | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
An introduction to the types of content management systems that exist today. Article describes the difference between them all.
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This is a really great article currently in TechWhirl by Jacquie Samuels. I have to admit, even as a person working in content strategy myself for a number of years, I didn't realize all the different types as clearly explained in this article. I was familiar with CMS/WCMS and LMS, but others that I had worked with had acronym types I wasn't aware of...and then there's more. I think this is an excellent starting point for someone interested in understanding content strategy. 

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Meet the 85-year-old lady who plays Grand Theft Auto IV on a PlayStation 3 and 65″ TV

Meet the 85-year-old lady who plays Grand Theft Auto IV on a PlayStation 3 and 65″ TV | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Contrary to popular belief, video gaming is a growing hobby enjoyed by every demographic in our society; men and women, young and old. To illustrate this point, the BBC has done a wonderful ...
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I had to post this article, because it's so full of awesome. I mean, how many grandmas do you know who are gamers? The concept behind the use was that it was to keep the mind sharp, and if you've ever seen some of these games played, you need to be sharp and have quick reflexes to play (which I don't). It made me think about the gamification in education, because isn't the idea of gamification in education to sharpen the mind and keep it alert to learn new things? This grandma definitely proves that point, even if the game isn't teaching the finer points of math or reading or some scientific point exactly. 

 

I hope that I end up being a grandma like this!

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12 Attributes of a Successful Content Curation Strategy

12 Attributes of a Successful Content Curation Strategy | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

 

Excerpted from article by Heidi Cohen:

"Content curation is like a great editor who brings his unique taste and understanding of his target audience to his selection of the best content for his readers. He provides context for the content so that it’s more than collection of information.


Content curation chooses the most relevant, highest quality digital information to meet your readers’ needs on a specific subject. It involves a process of assembling, categorizing, commenting and presenting the top content.

 

Content curation is a core content marketing element for the following three reasons:

- Offering your audience a combination of original and third party content provides a branded -context for your work.
- Curating other people’s content positions you and/or your organization as a tastemaker in your field.
- Creating sufficient content is a marketing and business challenge.

 

Here are twelve attributes your content curation strategy should have to insure success.

1) Has defined, measurable goals...
2) Targets a specific audience...
3) Contains red meat content, not filler...
4) Follows “the less is more” theory...
5) Incorporates original content... 
6) Adds real value...
7) Has a human touch...
8) Provides branded context for your information... 
9) Involves a community...
10) Offers information in small chunks... 
11) Sticks to a schedule...
12) Credits its creator...

 

Content curation puts your original content in a branded context for your target audience..."

 

Each attribute is analyzed with more information. Read full article here: http://heidicohen.com/12-attributes-of-a-content-curation-strategy/

 

Selected originally by Jan Gordon on "Curation, Social Business and Beyond" here: http://bit.ly/lBeRSF

 

 


Via janlgordon, Giuseppe Mauriello, juandoming
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This is a really good article about content curation. There is nothing wrong with doing content curation, as it provides insight from multiple sources. As this article points out, the trick is curating content that adds value to whatever it is that you are adding the content to. In my case, it's my blog. I've followed most of these guidelines instinctively, because I want to provide quality information to share with fellow technical communicators and e-learning specialists. 

 

Read this one carefully, as it's chock full of good advice.

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Barry Deutsch's curator insight, January 6, 2013 2:22 PM

A good list from one of the top social media experts - Heidi Cohen. I see many consultans, sales professionals, coaches, speakers, and advisors just throwing links and crap against the wall hoping some of it will stick.


Good content creation requires a thoughtful, well-defined, targeted approach that requires an investment of time vs. just sharing links with your network. This example of a curated content by Jan Gordon on Heidi's article is good illustration of how content curation should be delivered.


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http://www.barrydeutsch.net/sales-through-social-media

 

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Better Homes, Better Life's comment, January 26, 2013 11:31 PM
I see that you are making some of these into almost like blog posts too. Jan Gordon does the same thing. I think I am going to try it out...
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Content Strategy Trends to Watch in 2013: Adaptive Web Design

Content Strategy Trends to Watch in 2013: Adaptive Web Design | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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Being that I'm following my path of being a content strategist professionally, this article hits the nail on the head about what content strategists do and what some important trends are in the next year. 

 

And yes, I wish I could be more like those cool characters in the Matrix. ;-)

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But what shall I pack?

But what shall I pack? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The event is still about three and a half months away, but I decided that this year, I’m going to go to another big tech comm conference. I really feel that going to a professional conference...
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Towards Maturity - Mobile learning with HTML5

Towards Maturity - Mobile learning with HTML5 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

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Mobile is getting around (no pun intended)! I think the sooner more companies adapt to HTML5, the sooner more mobile apps and universal flexibility will be present for not only m-learning, but accessing information in general.

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10 new iOS 6 features iPad users should know — Tech News and ...

10 new iOS 6 features iPad users should know — Tech News and ... | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
iOS 6 isn't just for the iPhone. Apple included some fun new features in its new mobile operating system, available today, for iPad users. Here's a look at the new stuff you'll get: Siri, a clock app, FaceTime everywhere, ...

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Going, going ... 5 signs the personal computer may be on the way out

Going, going ... 5 signs the personal computer may be on the way out | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Keyboards? Mice? Disc drives? It may be time to pull the plugs, experts say.
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RJ Jacquez (@rjacquez) brought this one to my attention. The article does make a lot of sense. Change is happening so fast that many are having a hard time keeping up, so the idea of having technology that "anchors" the user is appealing, like eating comfort food--it's what you know. Getting rid of disks, wires and utilizing the cloud, among other things, is where we are going. I also think a big part of why tablets and other mobile items are becoming more popular is cost. After experiencing a big recession, tablets offer the kind of flexibility that many people seek for basic computing needs at an affordable price. Time will tell is the personal computer disappears altogether...

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A First-Timer's Summit: Why the STC Summit Now?

Today we introduce our second regular guest blogger, Danielle Villegas, also known as TechCommGeekMom. Danielle is attending the STC Summit for the first time this year, so we’ve asked her to blog about her expectations and excitement approaching the Summit, plus her experiences at the Summit...

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This is my first in a series that I'm writing for the "STC Notebook" blog, which is "the official voice of STC and the tech comm community." I'm excited to be writing for the STC official blog--it's a huge honor! Please stay tuned for the next installments!

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Is English an International Language? - Part 1

Is English an International Language? - Part 1 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I mentioned a while ago that I had several writing projects that were coming up, and the first of them is now published! I was asked by the STC-PMC to write a two-part article about the differences...
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How important is a credential in tech comm?

How important is a credential in tech comm? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I was recently involved in an online discussion on Facebook with some friends about the benefit of having a Masters degree in this day and age. A friend of mind had posted this article which argued...
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Social Media Etiquette: 12 Step Checklist

Social Media Etiquette: 12 Step Checklist | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I love social media. I can connect with others and quickly find out what they're doing. But when I learned some people are now finding out about the death of friends via Facebook, I began to despise
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I'm in the same boat! I think that writing on the web at all on social media--especially to a professional audience--requires the kind of professional etiquette that one would use for any professional communications. The checklist here is very good. This is posted on LinkedIn, so you may need a LinkedIn account to view. But it's worth the read.

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10 Instructional Design Tips for Simplifying Online Learning | Langevin - Blog

10 Instructional Design Tips for Simplifying Online Learning | Langevin - Blog | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
10 instructional design tips for keeping your web courses simple, yet effective.
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Saw this via @MayraAixaVillar. Simple, straightforward points to keep in mind when creating any kind of online learning--including a presentation!

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Top Universities in Social Media | Social Media Today

Top Universities in Social Media | Social Media Today | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Which US schools perform the best on social media? Track Social's Universities Zone tracks school performance on social media year round. As we push into the second half of the academic year, we thought it was time to assess how the schools stand.

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A true test of mobile versus…not.

A true test of mobile versus…not. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A recent event has made me discover that I will be tested in understanding how my true use of mobile technology will really be in the near future. How did I come to that discovery? I recently sent ...
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The secret recipe for a great content strategy

The secret recipe for a great content strategy | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

Good content is a big, juicy burger you're serving to your audiences, not some watery alphabet soup with a tired sales message. Here's the secret to a successful strategy.

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I like the analogy used here that the right ingredients can lead to success with content strategy. Overall, this is true. But to take the analogy a step further, while anyone can learn to cook well with the right tools and ingredients, it still takes a little bit of extra talent to pull off the best of the best. That's part of what separates us Iron Chef wannabes from the real deal. It's not that it can't be done, but it take continual training and practice to get it right until it becomes a natural, instinctive thing to do. 

 

So, start your training now! Get some practice in so you can be in the higher echelons of content strategy!

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TechScribe Releases Term-checking Tool for ASD-STE Controlled Language

TechScribe Releases Term-checking Tool for ASD-STE Controlled Language | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
TechScribe released an open-source term-checking software to help tech writers in conforming to ASD Simplified Technical English (ASD-STE 100) specification
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This sounds really cool! We all know that no program is infallible when it comes to translation software, but this sounds like it's getting closer to the real deal. Hooray for open source ingenuity!

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Reimagining Education in a One World Schoolhouse - Serendipity35

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This is a great, short review of Salman Khan's book, "One World Schoolhouse" done by Ken Ronkowitz (@ronkowitz), one of the instructors in the MSPTC program at NJIT. This is one of those books that's on my "need to read" list! 

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How Minecraft taught my 9-year-old son with Asperger’s to read and write | Anna Stam

How Minecraft taught my 9-year-old son with Asperger’s to read and write | Anna Stam | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

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Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

I like this article as it shows a few things:
1) Alternative teaching/thinking outside the box for a personalize experience.
2) It's a good use of gamification in learning.
3) There is some flipped classroom learning going on as well.
Having a son who is Asperger's and recently asked to go on Minecraft after participating on Roblox for a long time, I'm thinking it might be worth the investment. While he can read very well, and he has good ideas, his writing needs some help. Perhaps this might be the key for him or others who need a differrent way of learning.

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Jelmer Evers's curator insight, January 9, 2013 3:28 AM

Interesting, but learning styles? 

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Hurry Up!…and Wait

Hurry Up!…and Wait | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
One of the things that I can’t stand–and I’m sure I’m not alone in this–is that feeling of “hurry up and wait” for anything. I hate having to rush only to ...
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My latest blog entry about my first week on the new job...sort of...

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