Thesis, thesis everywhere!

Hi there, Hope you are all enjoying your summer. I had hoped to get the time to write some blog posts over the summer, however, I vastly underestimated the work involved in doing my MA thesis. I am neck-deep in research/writing at the present and need to ask a favour. If you have a spare…

Sound the blogroll!

Hi There, This blog is the last I will be making for my MA blogging assignment, however, it’s not going to be my last ever. Thanks to this assignment, I have caught the blogging bug! I didn’t expect to enjoy this so much. I admit to feeling a certain level of dread, at the outset,…

The techcommgal show

Hi There, I am currently putting together a podcast for the Learning and Collaboration Theories module of my Technical Communication and e-Learning MA. We are tasked with developing a podcast on a topic of our choosing which should span approximately 10 minutes. We also had the choice to develop an e-book using Madcap Flare, however,…

Blowing the tech comm trumpet

Hi There, In her book, Ann Gentle asserts that technical writing jobs are increasingly becoming displaced by search engines such as Google, online media such as wikis, forums and social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Jack Molisani and Scott Abel, in the STC’S Intercom magazine, suggest that technical communication needs to reinvent itself…

Easter e-tivity

Hi There, I hope you had a very enjoyable Easter break (if you got one!). During the break, my classmates in the MA Technical Communication and e-Learning and I worked on an e-tivity assignment for our e-Learning Theories and Practices module. There were three topics, MOOCS, Flipped Learning/Classrooms and Digital Badges. My group and I…

Fleeing my comfort zone

Hi there! With the end of the semester fast approaching I thought I would take the time to talk about the experience of returning to college to do a Masters in Technical Communications and e-Learning. The decision to undertake this master’s programme was a difficult one. I had wanted to complete a master’s degree ever…

Au revoir, virtual team.

Hi There,                       The virtual team has completed its work! Our French translators delivered our document to us and, after some minor tweaks, we submitted our assignment yesterday. I must admit that it is a relief to have this assignment completed, not because it was…

Assistive technology: removing barriers to higher education

Hi there! This week I was lucky enough to be amongst a group of students who got to visit the U.L. Disability Services Centre, in the Glucksman library. Assistive Technologies Officer, Thomas O’Shaughnessy, gave us an overview of the kinds of technological supports that are available in U.L for students with a disability. Equality of…

You cannot kill email, try as you might!

Hi There, The deadline for the submission of our Virtual Team assignment is looming and we are awaiting news from our French translators. They have informed us that they are making good progress and will be ready on time for submission. It is always at this point in a collaborative project that I get nervous….

The death of the mobile learning dream?

Hi There.  I came across an interesting article recently that suggested that the iPad, and electronic tablets in general, may be nearing their end. The argument goes, that tablets, which until relatively recently were the must have gadget, have lost their traction due to market saturation. Anyone that wanted a tablet probably has one by…

Crouch-Bind-Set: SCRUM!

Hi There. In a recent post, I mentioned that a number of employers have come to our MA class to discuss their employment opportunities and graduate programmes. A common thread, present in all employer presentations, was a focus on the importance of multi-disciplinary team work, both on-site and virtual, and how this materialises in the…

Feel the fear and do it anyway

Hi There! Recently a number of employers and ex graduates have come to speak to my MA class about the work of a technical writer/instructional designer in industry and the employment opportunities that a prospective technical writer/instructional designer might hope to encounter. It is always nice to step outside the academic sphere for, even a…