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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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Mobile as a Way of Life I Can Never Abandon–I’ll Tell You Why

Mobile as a Way of Life I Can Never Abandon–I’ll Tell You Why | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
It became very apparent to me in the last week that I could not live without mobile technology. You would’ve thought that I would’ve learned it during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. ...
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Creating Video Tutorials for Android and iPhone Mobile Apps

Creating Video Tutorials for Android and iPhone Mobile Apps | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In a recent webinar on writing scripts for video tutorials that I gave to the STC Tech Editing group for the STC last week, someone asked how to create screencasts for mobile apps.

 

Great information from the great @sharonburton! Definitely a big help in the quest for creating more mobile content! Thanks, Sharon!
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Downloaders upskill through online learning

Downloaders upskill through online learning | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Motivated types can attain a degree or simply add to their knowledge base using educational material on the net.

 

Great article, thanks to @kevin_corbett (who always curates good stuff). I'm definitely one of those people who benefited from an accredited credential through online learning!
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What superstorm Sandy taught me about the failures of online learning (+video)

What superstorm Sandy taught me about the failures of online learning (+video) | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
When hurricane Sandy closed my campus for a few days, my students and I had to conduct our course online. It was wholly inadequate. Online learning cannot – and should not – replace the real-time dialogue of the in-person classroom.

 

Thanks to @kevin_corbett for bringing this article to my attention. I have to say, that while I understand this person's opinion, I don't happen to agree with it. I think it's written by someone who doesn't understand how to use online learning effectively because they are used to a classroom model and that's what they know best. Having obtained my degree online from a reputable school of technology, I don't feel in any way that I missed out on those personal moments with my professors or fellow students at all. We were all spread across thousands of miles, in some cases, and yet I felt that the conversations done in forums and email were much more animated and in-depth than many of the classroom courses I took in undergraduate school. There are plenty, as the author points out, that overuse PowerPoint slides and merely do presentations only, when more can be done. The class I just completed was mostly a presentation class, but I felt that considering that my students were literally half a world away from me, we were still able to make that connection and discuss issues effectively.  If one has a classroom course, and it's switched to being an online course temporarily in the middle, it's bound to not be the same kind of experience. It's not meant to be the same experience. Social media and technology help to bridge some gaps that this teacher doesn't completely understand, and m-learning revolutionaries need to continue to work to get the word out on why it can and does work. 

 

And that's my opinion. 

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Being a specialist or a generalist? Which is better for a technical communicator?

Being a specialist or a generalist? Which is better for a technical communicator? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I feel like I’ve stepped into quite the conundrum by entering the technical communications field. As I continue to search for full-time work, a problem that I seem to find almost everywhere I...
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Game Based Learning – Why Does it Work?

Game Based Learning – Why Does it Work? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

Forty years of research says yes, games are effective learning tools. People learn from games…and they will learn MORE from a game than from other forms of learning.

 

This is a really good article that breaks down all the elements of effective game-based learning. 
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How MIT Approaches Innovation In Education Technology - Edudemic

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How does MIT approach innovation in education technology? The school has a set of groups that you should know about.
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Structured Content is Like Your Closet | Content Rules, Inc.

Structured Content is Like Your Closet | Content Rules, Inc. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Structured content is a lot like a new closet. No amount of organization will work until you put everything in its rightful place.

 

This is a fantastic article that my new friend, Val Swisher, wrote about understanding structured content management. She is a marvelous speaker that I saw at Adobe Day at Lavacon, and spent some time with her afterwards. She's a creative and smart person!  I love her analogy with the closet in this article! I definitely encourage you to read this article, because it's a great breakdown of how the whole concept works. 

 

Happy reading!

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Lady Shotgun: taking on childcare and capitalism

Lady Shotgun: taking on childcare and capitalism | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
How one indie studio is killing crunch and sharing profits...

 

Thanks to @cfidurak for pointing me to this article. 

 

One of the tough things about being a mother in any industry is how to balance responsibilities of being the primary caregiving parent and giving full attention to a job/career. Ann-Marie Slaughter, formerly of the US State Department and now back at Princeton University, wrote a controversial article for The Atlantic magazine (I think it was the Atlantic) which gave her case of while she had it all, she felt she really didn't.  

 

In this day and age, we need to rethink and rework what the work process is. I'm sure the hours of "9 to 5" were based on daylight hours during the 19th century or something. I've always tried to work different hours than that--usually earlier hours so that I could be home at a reasonable hour for my child. Additionally, I have found that there are very, VERY few things in this world that depend on work being done RIGHT NOW or needed to be done YESTERDAY. (Immediate emergency medical care is the only thing I can think of that is THAT urgent.) I applaud Lady Shotgun for their endevour, and hope that more and more people--not just moms, but dads too--start thinking in the terms that this outfit set up shop.  If I could find a place like that which could use the skills that I can offer and paid decently, and had the flexible hours that are presented here, I would jump on that bandwagon in a heartbeat. 

 

As technical communicators, this seems like it should be a viable work solution for so many of us. There are rare instances that documentation has to be out THAT quickly that someone's life is in jeopardy. Lady Shotgun should be a model for us going forward. 

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U of Phoenix Ranks First in Graduating Minority Students | Education News

U of Phoenix Ranks First in Graduating Minority Students | Education News | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A new report published in this month’s “Diverse: Issues In Higher Education,” finds that University of Phoenix tops the list of universities ranked by the number of minority graduates they produce.

 

Thanks to @DrBruceJ for finding this and posting it on Twitter first.

It's interesting that U of Phoenix ranks so high with minority students...but to me, it's not that totally surprising. There are so many cases these days where minorities are more likely not to have continuing education until later in life, and going back to school is rough enough when trying to work full-time and raise a family. Additionally, going back to school is rather expensive as well. While this is not an endorsement for University of Phoenix (although I know several people who have graduated from there, including my brother in law), the principle of what this place of higher education stands for is important. It is a sign of opportunity. It shows that education is still seen as an important step in improving job opportunities and thus a betterment of one's standard of living. Minorities are most at risk, as they have been defeated, traditionally, from pursuing higher education. To me, this report shows that minorities are rising in the ranks, and being proactive about education.

This report, as it states at the end, also shows the importance of online education as a viable means of continuing education. University of Phoenix is a for-profit school; I attended an excellent, non-profit, public university that also is a prestigious brick-and-mortar university, but attended online. In either case, the online programs are viable and doing well, proving that online education is an important option for advancement. Its flexibility for continuing education students--like myself and those who also flock to the University of Phoenix--is vital to how mobile learning is emerging, and needs to continue to emerge.

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Google, Microsoft team up to bring Super Wi-Fi to rural USA | ExtremeTech

Google, Microsoft team up to bring Super Wi-Fi to rural USA | ExtremeTech | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
This initiative, called AIR.U, hopes to use the white space spectrum to bring between 20 and 100Mbps of wireless connectivity to rural educational institutions, which will then provide internet access to local communities.

 

Thanks to my friend and occasional guest blogger, Shay Shaked, for finding this and pointing it out to me.

 

Based on my post from yesterday, THIS is much like what I was talking about. We need it in the rural areas, but we need it in more populated areas as well. This technology could even now be helping a lot of people who don't have much power on their phones, and help them stay abreast of events where they are located in the event of an emergency.

 

It appears we DO have the technology to do this...so we need to make more of an effort to make this happen! This is the sort of infrastructure jobs that can help build this country back up.

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My response to RJ Jacquez’s question: Will Tablets replace PCs?

My response to RJ Jacquez’s question: Will Tablets replace PCs? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Recently, due to the upcoming release of Microsoft’s Surface machine, RJ Jacquez released two blog posts promoting the idea that tablets, in time, will indeed replace the PC as we know it, an...
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What Does Knitting Have To Do With TechComm and m-Learning?

What Does Knitting Have To Do With TechComm and m-Learning? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

I’m so glad that this is now my 200th post on this blog! TechCommGeekMom has come a long way since it started out as a class project in grad school, now hasn’t it?...

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Happy Thanksgiving 2012!

Happy Thanksgiving 2012! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Today, in the United States, it’s a holiday. Thanksgiving is a day that we Americans celebrate to remember the sacrifices that the first English pilgrims made after their first year of surviv...
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6 Things To Teach Students About Social Media - Edudemic

6 Things To Teach Students About Social Media - Edudemic | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Now more than ever, students need to understand the basics of social media and how it can affect their future both negatively and positively.

 

Great article by @edudemic found by @cmt1.  All of these factors, I have found in my own personal social media journey, are spot-on. It's really important to pay attention to all of these. 
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PS--Speaking of social media, I passed the 500 followers mark today! Woo hoo! Thanks for the support, everyone, and stay tuned!

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Blast From The Past – Volume 3: Interior Design influence on…Web Design?

Blast From The Past – Volume 3: Interior Design influence on…Web Design? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
For this week, I decided that I would post another one of my “Blast from the Past” entries from my graduate school blog. When I go back to review these, many of which were written when ...
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Do you speak the Queen’s English? It’s a Rhetorical Question.

Do you speak the Queen’s English? It’s a Rhetorical Question. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I’ve been a big royalty follower for 30 years. It started the weekend before the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, and it hasn’t stopped since that time. Nor has my...
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Putting Design Back into Instructional Design

Always good to remember design thinking in instructional design.

 

I saw this scooped on ScoopIt twice by content curators I follow, so figured it MUST be good, and it is. Cammy Bean is one of the foremost experts on ID design these days, and she did an excellent job here! Definitely worth a look!

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What Is Web 3.0, Really, and What Does It Mean for Education?

What Is Web 3.0, Really, and What Does It Mean for Education? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

"The first rule of Web 3.0 is to stop calling it that. At least, that's Tim O'Reilly's preference... Although O'Reilly takes issue with the nomenclature, he does acknowledge — along with others who care deeply about the intersection of technology, teaching and learning — that the web is in the midst of an ­evolutionary cycle that's likely to spark profound changes in ­education. There are common threads in their ­predictions: widely available videos as educational tools, the blending of the physical and digital worlds, and a web that's capable of applying context to its processes. Many of these advancements aren't new, but they're becoming increasingly ubiquitous and far-reaching, transforming existing processes and offering new insights into everything from health to marketing to learning."

 

This has always been said to be where web is going--education is the next revolution, especially mobile education. Excellent article. 
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Educational Games Research » Top 20 Blogs about Game-Based Learning

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Robots help teach autistic pupils

Robots help teach autistic pupils | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Two humanoid robots have been helping teach autistic children at a school in Birmingham.

 

From experience, I think this is true! Those on the spectrum tend to have an easier time with technology and adapting and utilizing technology than those deemed "typical". 

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Udemy Blog » Self-Directed Learning: The New Master’s Degree [Infographic]

Udemy Blog » Self-Directed Learning: The New Master’s Degree [Infographic] | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
More and more people are starting to get tired of paying up to 50,000 dollars a year for a quality education. Employers are starting to stop ...
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American Elections and Technical Communication

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Today is Election Day in the United States, and it’s a big one this year as we are having a presidential election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. I wish I could vote for the fictional c...
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What Hurricane Sandy Taught Me About Mobile Technology and Social Media

What Hurricane Sandy Taught Me About Mobile Technology and Social Media | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Hello all, and excuse my absence of late! If you hadn’t heard (ha!), Hurricane/ Superstorm Sandy hit the eastern coast of the United States, and headed straight for the state of New Jersey in...
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Is iPad Mini the “Fun-Size” tablet, or does it mean business?

Is iPad Mini the “Fun-Size” tablet, or does it mean business? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As the end of October approaches, so does Halloween. And with Halloween, most people would think of ghosts, witches, vampires and other monsters along with other spooky stuff. As for me, I think of...
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