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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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Adobe Day @ Lavacon 2013 - Rich Media in Framemaker with Matt Sullivan

Adobe Day @ Lavacon 2013 - Rich Media in Framemaker with Matt Sullivan | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Matt Sullivan presented the last individual presentation for Adobe Day at Lavacon 2013, and it was a little different than what I had seen before. To me, it was like Portland's Crystal Spring Rhodo...
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Coping With “Job Crush” When Looking for Work

Coping With “Job Crush” When Looking for Work | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I got this from a reader :
I recently applied for a job I felt I was a perfect fit for. I had a phone screen that lead to an interview. Everything went well. I was so sure I would get the job that
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I know I have fallen into this trap more times than I could count, and knowing me, I will again. The trick is to try not to let it happen, if possible. Another great  opportunity might come by, and you don't want to miss it. In this economy and with the job market as it is, one can't afford to take any chances...y'know?

This is definitely a good article to read if you are in the job market, no matter your career path.

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Why is Content Good for SEO [Infographic]

Why is Content Good for SEO [Infographic] | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

An informative graph. Read also this blog post on Brafton that explores each part of the infographic. A great read and a great reminder of the importance of qualitative content not only to attract your audience but to be a must resource, easy to find.

 

"The power of content for SEO is clear, as 92 percent of marketers cite content creation as effective for search engine optimization. In MarketingSherpa’s latest Search Marketing Benchmark report, content came out a winner, named a top-performing strategy by survey respondents."

 

Again, be an amazing curator, push valuable content. The rest will follow naturally.


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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:42 PM

The case for content marketing - in particular for SEO in a nice infogrpahic. Interesting to note that 44% of B2B Content Marketers found a positive impact of social on SEO.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 29, 2013 10:52 PM

Learn how content builds better SEO.

Kishore Daswani's curator insight, October 31, 2013 12:03 AM

SEO has greatly transformed from traditional link-building to more intelligent content publishing. Semantic search is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Twitter reaches the countries other media doesn't reach

Twitter reaches the countries other media doesn't reach | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Earlier this week David Farbey tweeted a welcome to a new Twitter follower who seemed to come from a far away land where English was not the first language. I happened to pick up on this as I too h...
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Colum McAndrew (aka @robocolumn) has some interesting findings regarding his own Twitter account. I've also had similar result with my WordPress account, too.  Someone said to me recently that my stats might be due to spammers, but I'd like to live in a state of denial that my hits are mostly spammers. Even so, Colum's results are interesting, and this is worth a read. Twitter has been known to change the world, so who's to say that Colum's Twitter feed isn't changing the world, too? :-)

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What a Nice Gesture – Incorporating Multitouch And Gestures Into Your Mobile Learning Effectively | Float Mobile Learning

What a Nice Gesture – Incorporating Multitouch And Gestures Into Your Mobile Learning Effectively | Float Mobile Learning | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Chad Udell shares the three factors that are holding the industry up in adopting true multitouch and gestural inputs in mobile learning.
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I think I missed this the first time it was out. This is a great article by those forward thinkers at Float Mobile Learning. Chad Udell (who, yes, wrote the book--or one of the books out there--on mobile learning) makes some excellent points there. 

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iPad in Education: Great Kindergarten Case Study

iPad in Education: Great Kindergarten Case Study | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Talk about a great endorsement – they just don’t get any better than this. Just in case you can’t read the quite text on the image above, here it is: For the first time in 22 years of teaching, 100...
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This is positive news for those who support iPads in the classroom or any mobile tablets in the classroom. It's interesting to me to see such a positive impact! We need more iPads in the classroom! 

 

I know that my son has a Mac laptop at school, and uses my iPad at homework time sometimes. We need to continue to make this work, if there are positive results like this!

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Here’s Another Chance to Buy Google Glass | TIME.com

Here’s Another Chance to Buy Google Glass | TIME.com | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
All you need is a friend who owns a pair, plus $1,500.
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This is cool technology that is worth trying out if you have the money. I had a chance to check it out, and didn't! Mea culpa. I think there are a lot of possibilities for these, especially in medicine, engineering, and education. If someone has a spare $1500 to spend on me, please feel free to buy me a pair! :-)

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Villegas Views: Wait, There Are Activities OUTSIDE of the STC?

I have a new article up on the STC Notebook for the Villegas Views byline, titled, "Wait, There Are Activities OUTSIDE of the STC?"  It was inspired by my recent jaunt to Portland, Oregon to attend...
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Hitchhikers' Guide to Technical Communications Conferences | TechWhirl

Hitchhikers' Guide to Technical Communications Conferences | TechWhirl | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "Supplement" offers tips for technical communications conferences such as LavaCon, STC Summit and WritersUA.
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Love this article! Now that I'm starting to be a person who is attending more of these tech comm conferences, I have a deeper appreciation for what is noted in this guide, for sure. This also appeals to the "geek mom" in me as well. (Did you know that Douglas Adams had written an episode or two for "Doctor Who"? See, I told you I was geeky.)  This is a marvelously written article!

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There Might Be Nudity (ed. note: Not what you think!)

There Might Be Nudity (ed. note: Not what you think!) | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Hello. My name is James, and I'm a Content Strategist.
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This article comes to me by way of Scott Abel on his LinkedIn page. This is an excellent article of what content strategists are truly aiming to do, namely strip things down to a point where you can see the vulnerable foundation, and then rebuild by incorporating what works and adding as needed. Great, great article. 
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6 tips for using social media to screw business as usual - Virgin.com

6 tips for using social media to screw business as usual - Virgin.com | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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The oft outspoken Sir Richard Branson has some good information. It's fairly straight-forward, but I find that it's what helps me navigate around social media generally.  I do find that a little bit of levity helps, and being direct and truthful helps as well. 

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New Book Alert – Moodle for Mobile Learning | Float Mobile Learning

New Book Alert – Moodle for Mobile Learning | Float Mobile Learning | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Teachers, tutors, instructors and L&D professionals using Moodle will find this book valuable.

Via Mayra Aixa Villar
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This looks like it'd be a very good book to use. I know that many higher education institutions (like NJIT) use Moodle, so I can see how this would be very beneficial. 

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Extended Interviews - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Extended Interviews - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Watch extended interviews from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
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You MUST watch all three parts of the interview with Malala Yousefazi linked here. I literally cried throughout the whole thing. She is an incredibly smart and courageous young woman who is going to be a great leader someday (as if she isn't already). 

 

At a time where technology is advanced so that children in far-off countries can access information about anything at anytime, and m-learning and e-learning are often at the forefront of education, we need to be reminded that there are communities in the world where children--both girls and boys--can't even get someone to lead them while reading a book or have a slate to scratch on to learn. Malala reminds us of this. I totally agree that education is the key to everything--world peace, greater understanding of the world, equality among all. It is the instant equalizer. Those who don't put emphasis on education in any country--even in the US--are people who, in my eyes, are just steps away from what Malala describes the Talib to be in her life. 

 

Watch, and learn, and please take what this girl has to say to heart. She really puts it all in perspective. 

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Reactivating your dormant skills

Reactivating your dormant skills | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This is a great article that I first saw posted via Technical Writing Word on Google +. The author talks about a problem that many technical writers have as we move from position to position and job to job--and that's having to revitalize skills that you've used in the past, but have not used in a long time. I know this is DEFINITELY an issue that I've had--and will probably continue to have as I establish myself as a technical communicator.

 

One of the caveats the author mentions is to not try to revitalize too many of those skills at once. I know I've definitely fallen victim to that. When one is on an intense job hunt, a prospective employee wants to be all things to all people as much as possible. These job hunters find themselves overwhelmed by the prospective of reigniting some of these skills, or firing up new ones related to the old or current ones, because demands by prospective employers are so high.  Employers today want to have someone be able to jump in and run with a project immediately without any learning curve, and in so many instances, that seems to be asking for too much.

 

It also doesn't allow capable people who might be the best for the job to have an opportunity to show their worth simply because they are not versed or very proficient in a specific type of software.  I know that what actually worked for me in my current job was the fact that I knew many "custom" CMS systems,  because the client's CMS was custom--I just had to understand the foundations of how a CMS worked, and within 2 weeks, I had mastered the CMS to do my job. I even know a few tricks that my trainer didn't know now.  Will I find another opportunity like that? Not from the way I've read some local adverts. 

 

This is an excellent article to read for both prospective employees and employers. 

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46 Amazing Social Media Facts in 2013 - Jeffbullas's Blog

46 Amazing Social Media Facts in 2013 - Jeffbullas's Blog | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Social media is a big game worth billions. Facebook connects 1 in 2 internet users and Google+ keeps booming. Here are some of the latest social media facts
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This article came to me by way of a tweet from  Allison Hepburn (@amhepburn) of Acrolinx. It's definitely an interesting article that talks about the evolution of social media in the last five eyars, and its impact now. I'm glad I started getting involved in those early years! Proof that social meida is still a very powerful tool.

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The Annals of Redundancy Annals - How to Write

The Annals of Redundancy Annals - How to Write | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Redundancy creeps into everyone’s writing. At best, it adds bloat. At worst, it insults readers’ intelligence. We don’t intend to insult readers, so why do we do it?

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A fantastic article by "Word Up!" author, Marcia Riefer Johnston. Having met her husband, I can easily imagine him snuggling up in the recliner, ready to read, and after only a few pages, tossing the book over his shoulder in digust. Marcia makes a good point, however, about redundanices. There are quite a few that are commonly used in speech (caught myself almost saying one there!) that she outlines as being...not such a good idea in writing. Read it now!

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Folksonomies and taxonomies | Sharon Burton

Folksonomies and taxonomies | Sharon Burton | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
By discovering and exploiting the folksonomy in your customer's head, you can help them be more comfortable with your products by speaking their language about your products.
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Excellent article by my friend, Sharon Burton (@sharonburton). I suspect I know who the speaker is that she is referring to, and I would venture to guess, like Sharon, that the speaker was limited in her time to mention what Sharon covers in this article.  In short, I agree that both taxonomies and folksonomies need to be considered when writing content. It's not an easy task--I admit that I don't keep both of them in mind necessarily when I write, but I can definitely see how it's important to utilize both in documentation, especially when writing on a global level. 

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MyFonts: Creative Characters interview with Matthew Carter, October 2013

MyFonts: Creative Characters interview with Matthew Carter, October 2013 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This is a fascinating article behind the artist who created some of the most used and iconic fonts used today.  A must-read for anyone who is interested in user interface design, typography, or just thinks the use of different fonts is cool!

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Phonebloks

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Support Phonebloks! A phone worth keeping by Dave Hakkens
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Scott Abel, AKA The Content Wrangler, shared this on his Facebook page today. It's definitely an interesting concept, and it makes sense. I know that upgrading a phone can be expensive, but this concept has some merit. Just like a car that you keep for a long time, it would be easier and more affordable to replace or upgrade parts rather than entire devices. This would be more helpful for developing countries as well that are trying to get into the websphere via mobile device. Definitely a concept to be watching...

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Why is broadband more expensive in the US?

Why is broadband more expensive in the US? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Home broadband in the US costs twice as much as it does in Europe and three times as much as it does in South Korea, according to a new report. Why?
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I found this article interesting, because it relates closely to my wallet (and everyone's wallet), but it also relates to the availablility of internet services around the world and the availability for mobile devices as well. In my area, part of the internet package or bundle is that you have access to public wi-fi if your provider has access available to it. In other words, if I'm at the supermarket rather than my home, and the public wifi from Comcast is available and received while I'm in the supermarket, then I can sign-in and enjoy the Comcast wifi signal at no extra cost, as I'm already a Comcast subscriber.  This is fine, as many areas in the US have Comcast. However, it's not flawless, because if I'm travelling by car or any other transportation, each time I come to a new transmission tower, I have to sign in on my mobile device again and again and again....If I'm stationary, then it's fine. 

 

But it does leave one to question why the general pricing of broadband or any other internet services varies so much from country to country? Is it the amount of demand that brings on greedy providers?  I would imagine that as access becomes more affordable, it will allow more and more users to take advantage of what the internet has to offer, whether it's social media, information or m-learning.  Hopefully, this will all stabilize soon so that costs are more feasible for all.

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The Hyphen in 'E-Mail' Just Lost a Major Ally

The Hyphen in 'E-Mail' Just Lost a Major Ally | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Still use a hyphen in the word email? Mashable does not, as you can see — and as of Monday, neither does the New York Times. "By popular demand, we're going to remove the hyphen...
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This is a short, but interesting article. What people often forget is that language is always changing. That includes how made-up words, like "e-mail" or "email" (whichever you prefer) evolve into its final form. I will admit I've used them interchangeably, although I try to be consistent in a single document if I can. I tend to think of "e-mail" being more formal than "email". Isn't that funny that I think that way? Anyway, this article shows how major style guide leaders are starting to decide for us what's acceptable and what's not. 

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Reusing Structured Content in an Agile Environment | Content Rules, Inc.

Reusing Structured Content in an Agile Environment | Content Rules, Inc. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
If structure and taxonomy are well-thought out, and content is semantically-rich, reuse should be much easier than finding a needle in a haystack.
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Another great blog post by one of my favorite content strategy gurus, Val Swisher. I admit I don't know what is involved in the Agile method (although I've heard of it), what I'm gleaning from it is that information should be posted in a timely manner and in a way that can be changed on the fly. I have to agree with Val, based on the example that she uses in the article, that this doesn't always fly well, and a strategy is needed. I've spent the last year cleaning up an internal website that definitely did not think about reuse or taxonomy--or it didn't follow taxonomy as closely as it should have. I've been working on setting things up so that information can be found and retrieved more easily than originally set up. Having worked on this site for almost a year, I know if the information is in the CMS, and if I'm not sure, provided I set it up, then I can find it easily. If it was done by my predecessor, then I have a much harder time locating where it might be. In rebuilding the back-end of this website for the past year, strategy was everything!

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The Next Big Thing? These Are 5 Technologies My Clients Are Begging For

The Next Big Thing? These Are 5 Technologies My Clients Are Begging For | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I think the “next big thing” is very obvious. Actually there are five big things. I know this by listening to my clients. And they are begging for help.
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I saw this listed on LinkedIn, and I have to agree with these five items. We often forget that we need to concentrate on meeting our basic needs well before moving on to the next best thing. I recall recently someone saying that the new iPhones weren't innovative enough, and someone else countering that at least Apple was working on solidifying that the foundation they did have with their devices. Of course, this article shows that even Apple still has room for improvement (among others), but this is something to try to not lose sight of. 

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10 Words to Cut From Your Writing

10 Words to Cut From Your Writing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Want to improve your printed and online content? Chop these words -- mercilessly.
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These were the types of words that Marcia Riefer Johnston wrote about in her book, "Word Up!"  (which I reviewed earlier this year). This is definitely an article worth reading for better writing!

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Uhura and Translation Software--Still not there yet

Uhura and Translation Software--Still not there yet | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
My husband's first language is Spanish. As a result, naturally, most of his relatives speak Spanish exclusively. I, however, do not speak Spanish.  I took two beginner courses, but I know little Sp...
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