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This is an online magazine by Bovee & Thill, authors of the leading textbooks in business communication, published by Pearson, featuring resources for business communication and business writing instructors. For more information about Bovee & Thill texts and the exclusive, superior materials they provide for teaching a modern course, visit http://boveeandthillbusinesscommunicationblog.com. For instructor examination copies, go to http://blog.businesscommunicationnetwork.com/texts. To find your local sales representative, visit http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/replocator. To contact the authors, send an email to hotline@boveeandthillbusinesscommunicationblog.com. To get a free Comprehensive Guide to Business Communication Instructional Resources, visit http://blog.businesscommunicationnetwork.com/resources. Subscribe to a free weekly newsletter of new posts to all 11 of Bovee & Thill’s Online Magazines: http://sco.lt/8kgeVV.
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Helping Students Adapt Their Writing Skills to Wiki Collaboration with the Bovee and Thill Wiki

Helping Students Adapt Their Writing Skills to Wiki Collaboration with the Bovee and Thill Wiki | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
Bovee and Thill offer innovative ideas and resources for teaching business communication, so instructors can spend less time preparing and more time teaching.
Bovee & Thill's Online Business Communication Magazines's insight:

The widespread adoption of wikis in both business and higher education is a testament to the collaborative value of wiki technology. However, wiki collaboration does require a broader set of skills than traditional business communication requires. It also requires a different approach to communication, one in which the authorial “me” is superseded by the collaborative “us.”Evaluating, editing, and revising the work of other writers.


Before getting your students started on wiki projects, it’s a good idea to offer some coaching in evaluating, editing, and revising the work of other writers. These tips are helpful in a variety of communication situations, of course, but they’re essential for wiki collaboration.


Before making substantive changes to an article, students should consider the following questions:  . . .


Note: You can give your students the opportunity to develop wiki skills in a secure, confidential environment. The unique Bovée/Thill wiki simulator lets students practice evaluating and revising wiki articles using a real, live wiki editor.


Unlike a conventional wiki, however, this system saves each student’s work separately and privately so that you can evaluate his or her ability to assess an article with numerous built-in flaws and make the corrections needed to improve readability and achieve the “you” attitude.


Click on the title of this post to be taken to the URLs for Bovee & Thill's two wikis.

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50 Ideas on Using Twitter for Education

50 Ideas on Using Twitter for Education | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Here is a list of 50 terrific for how to use Twitter in an educational setting.

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Twitter Handbook for Teachers

An overview of Twitter and ways of using it in education. A Twitter primer with reasons, stories and resources. . .

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10 Commonly Misunderstood Words

10 Commonly Misunderstood Words | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

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Six Emerging Technologies in Education

Six Emerging Technologies in Education | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

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Business Communication Headline News

Business Communication Headline News | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Published by Bovee and Thill, get late-breaking headlines about hot topics, important trends, and new technologies.


Business Communication Headline News uses the newest Internet technologies to deliver late-breaking news in headlines with concise summaries. You can scan incoming items in a matter of seconds, then click through to read the full articles that interest you.


More than 75 subject categories constituting the largest archive on the web of business communication material. Many posts consist of videos, PowerPoints, podcasts, or PDFs.


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Teaching Business Writing: Which Textbook Has the Best Examples?

Students rely heavily on annotated model documents when they are learning how to craft their own messages. Bovee and Thill texts offer more than 40 annotated...
Bovee & Thill's Online Business Communication Magazines's insight:

See Business Communication Teaching Resources and Methods of Teaching Business Communication.

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What Is the Best Strategy to Prevent Cheating?

What Is the Best Strategy to Prevent Cheating? | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

This recent article from the New York Times addresses the challenge of preventing cheating on homework projects and tests. The use of technology to check assignments for plagiarism and to monitor students during exams certainly seems to be growing. However, not all instructors or institutions buy into this approach, with some advocating the less-adversarial approach of instilling an atmosphere of honor and trust.


This is not a simple either/or question, to be sure, but in terms of overall emphasis, do you lean toward fostering an environment of trust or relying on monitoring systems to prevent cheating? Is the honor system realistic, even if it is the preferred strategy?

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Teaching Business Communication on LinkedIn

Teaching Business Communication on LinkedIn | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

This group is a discussion forum exploring all aspects of teaching business communication. Members are also encouraged to contribute information about materials they have created.


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Is Social Media Ruining Students?

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Teaching Business Communication on Facebook

Teaching Business Communication on Facebook | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Teaching Business Communication on Facebook was created to improve the quality of business communication and business writing instruction. Join us and share your opinions about topics and issues important to instructors of business communication, ask peers questions, and offer best practices for instruction. Click "Like" at the top of the page to get the site's latest activities..

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How to Use Google Search More Effectively

How to Use Google Search More Effectively | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
Fewer than 25% of students know how to perform a "reasonably well-executed search" of web information. This inforgraphic shares a few essential Google search tips and tricks.

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Bovée & Thill: Web Search

Bovée & Thill: Web Search | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Here are 345 search engines at your fingertips--all on one page--for quick, comprehensive web searching, developed by Bovee & Thill.

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Educating the Workforce of the Future

Educating the Workforce of the Future | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

In the next decade, most jobs will require at least some post-high school education. Are we setting students up for career success?


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Using Twitter as an Education Tool

Using Twitter as an Education Tool | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Are you using Twitter yet? If not, you may want to read how other educators are using Twitter as an education tool.


For those who are coming up to speed, Twitter lets you broadcast or microblog your messages (140 characters max) to a group of friends or other subscribers, who can receive them as text messages, called a "tweet," to your subscribers and their mobile phones.


Since almost everyone has a mobile phone now this makes Twitter more effective as a communication tool. . .


(Photo: Ron Jones, author)

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The High Earning Potential of College Graduates

The High Earning Potential of College Graduates | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

College graduates have the potential to earn millions of dollars more over their lifetime than do those that did not complete a college degree. See the numbers here!


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Lake Superior State University's 2011 List Of Banished Words

Lake Superior State University's 2011 List Of Banished Words | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Lake Superior State University's 2011 List Of Banished Words . . .

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Hall of Shame: How Not to Tell Customers That You’ve Made Your Software Easier to Understand

Hall of Shame: How Not to Tell Customers That You’ve Made Your Software Easier to Understand | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

We’d be willing to bet that database software generates the highest profanity-to-mouseclicks ratio of any category of personal computer software. Database concepts in general are fairly complicated, and the powerful software that lets users create and manage databases can add layers of operational complexity.


Any news about improvements in usability is good news, but Microsoft tripped when it tried to explain that ready-made templates in its Access database software help hide the complexity. The introductory screen for an online Access training course begins with this assertion: “If you think databases are hard to understand, you’re not . . . "

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Bovee & Thill Wiki Simulator

Bovee & Thill Wiki Simulator | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Bovee and Thill provide overage of wiki principles and techniques, with hands-on experience using a live wiki editor on the text's website. For adopters only.

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Teaching Business Communication? These 11 Stories Demonstrate Why Your Course Should Be Updated

Has the textbook you've been using to teach business communication become obsolete? Most textbooks have been incredibly slow in adapting to this digital age. Bovee & Thill textbooks are the more current texts on the market."

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Hall of Fame: FreshBooks Demonstrates Audience Focus in Multiple Ways

Hall of Fame: FreshBooks Demonstrates Audience Focus in Multiple Ways | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

This blog post from the developers of the FreshBooks online business accounting system demonstrates audience focus in multiple ways, starting with the effort behind the message.


Every business worries about how quickly customers will pay their bills, so FreshBooks analyzed the customer data it had on hand to see which payment terms and invoice messages generated the quickest responses. This alone is remarkable customer service; the audience-focused presentation of the information makes it that much better.


We have annotated a copy of the post that you can share with your students (on two PowerPoint slides).

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Bovee & Thill's Inner Circle for Business Communication on Facebook

Bovee & Thill's Inner Circle for Business Communication on Facebook | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Membership in this group is restricted to instructors who have adopted a textbook written by Courtland Bovee or John Thill.


As a member, you will have a first-hand opportunity to influence the evolution of our textbooks and to receive recognition for your contributions, receive personal attention to your specific needs, develop relationships with other adopters of our texts, receive new cases between editions, be apprised in advance of publication about important additions or changes to our texts, and a variety of other benefits.


Adopt a Bovee & Thill text, and join us today!

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New Workplace Currency

New Workplace Currency | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
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