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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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How to Record a Skype Video Interview in 7 Easy Steps

How to Record a Skype Video Interview in 7 Easy Steps | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The average person visits a website for 48 seconds, but if it has video we stay for almost six minutes. Video is powerful. We live in a YouTube age where people want their content to move and breathe.
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This could easily apply to e-learning, blogs and other websites. Nice how-to article!

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E-Learning Certificate Program: Timesaving Tech Tips 2013

E-Learning Certificate Program: Timesaving Tech Tips 2013 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

Time saving tips on passwords, file management and online collaboration. 


Via Dennis T OConnor
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From the programs I've investigated, UW-Stout is a really good one. 
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 4, 2013 6:07 PM

Take the time to save some time.

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FREE Alternative to Camtasia Studio | WPLMS

FREE Alternative to Camtasia Studio | WPLMS | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

One great way for instructional designers to create effective learning material is to include screenshots and videos in their e-learning modules. Many programs have this feature build in (i.e. Adobe Captivate and the new Articulate Storyline), but some prefer a third party program...

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As found in one of my LinkedIn groups....As a former student, I know how hard it can be to get premium tools and learn. Or, for that matter, be an employee with a limited budget alloted to my cost center. Either way, this looks like a viable alternative to Camtasia Studio. Definitely worth a try.

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5 Unexpected Results of Going 1:1

5 Unexpected Results of Going 1:1 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

The change goes beyond lessons, beyond my classroom to much bigger things.

Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Some great points on the impact of introducing mobile technology into the class. It's a big shift in so many ways to the traditional way of teaching and challenges the very essence of the student/teacher relationship. Probably not something you want to underestimate!

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New Version of Blooms Taxonomy for iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New Version of Blooms Taxonomy for iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

Via John Purificati, Paul, Felix Jacomino
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This is a good way to view this in relation to the iPad.

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MaryAnn Karre's curator insight, January 13, 2013 5:32 PM

It's not the tool, but the learning that explands understanding....

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Getting started with content strategy in technical communication /  Indus

Getting started with content strategy in technical communication /  Indus | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This is a great article by @sarahokeefe. Content strategy is getting to be more and more important, and she's one of the top experts in the field. Definitely a great read to start putting things in perspective. --techcommgeekmom
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The Pursuit of Tappiness | UX Magazine

The Pursuit of Tappiness | UX Magazine | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This article was referred by @rovybranon on Twitter. As we get deeper into designing for mobile content, mobile UX has to be taken into account. This is an excellent tutorial with tips on how to make that happen. 

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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.

Via Jon Samuelson
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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.


Via DBliton
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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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Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

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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E-Learning - a future of knowledge and technology

E-Learning - a future of knowledge and technology | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A short summary of benefits by using e-learning and digital publishing as a combination.
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Tongue and Tech: The Many Emotions for Which English Has No Words

Tongue and Tech: The Many Emotions for Which English Has No Words | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Among them is the German backpfeifengesicht, "a face badly in need of a fist"
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

With single-sourcing and translation services in higher demand than ever before, this makes a very good point. Translation software can still be "flawed" because of nuances as described here. This is why human intervention and truly careful technical writing needs to be done to provide consistency. Technical writers can be more aware of trying to use more consistent, neutral language to avoid misinterpretations in English, let alone any other language. 

 

I've experienced this myself in my personal life. My husband's first language is Spanish, so sometimes he'll use a Spanish word to describe something, and it doesn't have an English equivalent. My favorite is "tofito", which the closest word we could come up with was "funky" or "rancid" as in cooked chicken or pork that have more of that bad chicken or bad pork taste. If we don't like the taste because it taste too "chicken-y", then we say it's "tofito". (Hopefully I spelled the Spanish word right--I think I did.)

 

Great article. 

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You've Decided to Go Mobile... What's Next?

You've Decided to Go Mobile... What's Next? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Home of InterBusiness Issues, art & society, and Peoria Progress magazines

Via DBliton
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

When I first read this article, I thought, "This is EXCELLENT! This is truly what mobile strategy is all about." Once I saw that @VisualRinse (aka Chad Udell) wrote the article, I realized, "No wonder this was so good!" Chad wrote the book, "Learning Everywhere", last year, and it's great reading. So, he knows what he's talking about! 

 

This article isn't specifically for e-learning/m-learning either. It truly puts into perspective what mobile is truly about and the criteria that companies need to move forward in thinking about creating mobile content. 

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DBliton's curator insight, January 9, 2013 11:38 AM

"Should I just convert my existing content, platforms or applications to mobile? " --No. Probably not. Making eLearning mobile accessible probably doesn't help your target audience - it is not really mLearning.

DBliton's comment, January 10, 2013 12:33 PM
Good point about noting who the author is. I added that info, since that is what drew me to the article to start with.
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22 eLearning Essentials to Boost 2013 Success

22 eLearning Essentials to Boost 2013 Success | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Here are more than 20 eLearning essentials we learned in 2012, and we need to reinforce and keep in mind this year.

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Is now the time to jump off the MOOC bandwagon?

Is now the time to jump off the MOOC bandwagon? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

"Like lemmings, too many American colleges are mindlessly rushing out to find a way to deliver online education, and more and more often they are choosing Coursera. The company, founded this year by two Stanford University computer scientists, has already enrolled more than two million students, has engaged 33 academic institutions as partners, and is offering more than 200 free massive open online courses, or MOOC's. A college's decision to jump on the Coursera bandwagon is aided—and eased—by knowing that academic heavyweights like Harvard, Stanford, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are already on board... In our haste to join the academic alphas, many of us are forgoing the reflection necessary to enter this new medium."


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Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

MOOCs are pretty popular these days. This is a good article about whether it's a good idea for all higher ed institutions or not, but also forewarns about jumping in too fast. 
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juliekeane's curator insight, January 9, 2013 9:51 AM

I do think that most of the drive to jump onto these new course offerings is about short-term cost savings without thinking about the long-term effects of diminishing course offerings at mid-size and small colleges and universities. The impact will be far ranging - particularly for those currently in doctoral programs who will face an ever-shrinking job market.  This will narrow the discourse in multiple disciplines when the few dictate the curriculum for the many. 

 

 

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Want to be a cutting edge technophile? Here’s one way to do it…

Want to be a cutting edge technophile? Here’s one way to do it… | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I’m not a normal mom. I’m a geek mom– a techcomm geek mom, to be more exact, but I was a geek mom long before I was into tech comm. While I liked my girly things as a girl, I &hel...
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Cleaning out the old, saving the useful

Cleaning out the old, saving the useful | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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An excellent article from my friend and technical communicating master/educator supreme, @sharonburton. Both she and I had the task of doing a big cleaning of our home offices for the new year, but the analogy she drew from her quest for a clean and organized office to clean and organized content is pure gold. Bravo, Sharon!
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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.

Via Jon Samuelson
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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.


Via Nik Peachey
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

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.

David Corp'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.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

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.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

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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