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Engaging Learners: Building Gamification into Instructional Design 


Engaging Learners: Building Gamification into Instructional Design 


“Fun from games arises out of mastery. It arises out of comprehension. It is the act of solving puzzles that makes games fun.” – Raph Koster, Theory of Fun, 2005 It can be challenging to engage learners. Building gamification into instructional design can help keep learners engaged. As an educator, I have seen the benefits…

Summit Session Recap: Write Tight (er)

Summit Session Recap: Write Tight (er)

(Presentation by Marcia Riefer Johnston) Writing well takes practice. We all know that technical writing is a skill and while the basics can come quickly, using them automatically takes practice. We can always improve our writing but, how? The session included tips new and seasoned writers can use to improve documents. Remember these three tips for…

Is SEO Dead?

Is SEO Dead?

I Googled “Is SEO dead?” and the list of posts and blogs that had something to say is long.  From what I can gather, it is not dead but merely undergoing a profound change—so profound that some SEO experts are changing their titles and job descriptions and renaming and redesigning their companies. According to SEO…

What is a Medical Communicator?

What is a Medical Communicator?

In the health and medical fields, technical communicators are also known as medical communicators.  Medical communications is the translation of complicated information into easily understood material, applied specifically to the health, medical, and pharmaceutical fields.           Some of the projects that medical communicators might work on include: medical conference abstracts and…

Tips for Working with Translators

Tips for Working with Translators

                If you find yourself overseeing or working with translators during a technical communication project, here are a few pointers to ensure quality and smooth relations: Make sure the source text is clear of cultural references, idioms, and colloquialisms. The more neutral in tone you keep a document,…

Sound Off!

Sound Off!

Robert Hershenow is an incoming assistant co-manager of the Instructional Design and Learning (IDL) special interest group (SIG) of the STC. He’s also a member of the famous ‘garage’ band that plays annually at the STC Summit, the Rough Drafts. Recently, Robert gave a very informative webinar for the IDL-SIG called “Making Great Voice Recordings”…

Reflecting on International Plain Language Day

Reflecting on International Plain Language Day

As the 20th anniversary conference of the Plain Language Association InterNational, PLAIN2013, drew to a close in Vancouver, International Plain Language Day was celebrated with a free public event on October 13. This marked a perfect opportunity to reflect on the international movement to adopt plain language. So, what exactly is plain language? It is…

A Networking Strategy for Introverts

A Networking Strategy for Introverts

Job hunting is challenging. Networking and informational interviews were foreign concepts to me when I started in the field and I broke into a sweat just thinking about them. However, I’ve found it to be the best way to find jobs that I love to do, especially since moving to Vancouver. I want to share…

Something about ePublishing—Part 2

Something about ePublishing—Part 2

This is the second in a series of articles about Electronic Publishing (EPUB). What is EPUB? In her book EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders, Elizabeth Castro talks about the EPUB format. It is the most widely accepted format for ebooks today and is developed and maintained…

Something About ePublishing—Part 1

Something About ePublishing—Part 1

This is the first in what I hope is a series of articles about Electronic Publishing (EPUB). What is the difference between an ebook and a regular book?  In her book, “EPUB Straight to the Point: Creating ebooks for the Apple iPad and other ereaders,” Elizabeth Castro talks about how ebooks and print books overlap…

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