Posts Tagged 'Communications'

Mobile Networking and Communications Fair

The next Mobile Networking meeting will be held in conjunction with the Mobile Communications Fair coming up on FEB 23 (see http://itc.virginia.edu/techconnect/mobilefair ). Although the Mobile Com Fair will be focused on smartphones and communications devices, the MobiNet meeting will be about eBooks and eReaders.  If you’re not familiar with the Mobi Net group, we meet bi-monthly to present and discuss a range of topics on mobile technologies.  Emphasis is on open group discussion, and we structure our meetings so that we open with a sort of show-and-tell forum we call the Mobile Blast.  During this time, anyone can get up and show off or discuss their interest, expertise or experience with any aspect of mobile technologies in short presentations that can be anywhere from 1 – 10 minutes (or longer if necessary – we’re flexible).  With the explosion of eBooks, eReaders and <tablets> on the market lately, we thought it might be appropriate to let these technologies guide the next meeting.  Consider joining us at our next meeting and bring along any discussion you might have about eBooks or eReaders, or any mobile technology for that matter.  Or if any of you know of anyone with interests or experience using eBooks/eReaders, perhaps you could steer them our way.  The meeting will be from 11:30-1 in the Newcomb South Meeting Room during the Mobile Communications Fair on TUES 23 FEB.  For more info about Mobi Net visit our video blog at http://beam.to/mobilib.

Also, for anyone who’s really interested, the TechConnect folks at ITC that are hosting the Mobile Com Fair, are looking for people to participate in a panel discussion on the “Future of Mobile Communications”.  I’m hoping to help them find 4-5 people who would like to serve on such a panel.  Let me know if you are interested and I’ll fill you in on the details.

Thanx everyone!

Will Rourk
Digital Media Lab
University of Virginia
will@virginia.edu
434-243-6300

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The Write Stuff

The following is reposted from The Scout Report for January 15, 2010.  From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2010.  http://scout.wisc.edu/

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Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students

http://writing.engr.psu.edu/

Penn State University provides a great web resource for all engineering and science students with the models, exercises, and advice that it gives for over a half dozen type of documents they will likely encounter in their schooling and eventual professions.  On the left hand side of the homepage visitors will find “Student Resources”, “Instructor Resources”, and links to the “Contributors”, which include “Virginia Tech”, “University of Illinois”, and “Georgia Tech”.  The “Introduction” on the homepage, offers the following basics to consider when starting a paper: “Assessing the Audience”, “Selecting the Format”, and “Crafting the Style”.  Also on the homepage the site gives links to guidance on “Presentations”, “Correspondence”, “Formal Reports”, “Proposals”, “Instructions”, and “Journal Articles”.  The “Design of Presentation Slides”, under the “Presentations” link, demonstrates the use of the assertion-evidence structure for presentation slides, as opposed to the typical PowerPoint template, along with many resources on the left hand side of the page that tout the benefits of that structure. [KMG]

Soft Skills Needed

Ability To Self-Manage, Take On Broader Roles Among Top Soft Skills.

The Vancouver Sun (10/2, Sankey) reports that although “hard technical skills are a basic requirement in any given field,” it is “the softer intangible skills that really set a job seeker apart from the crowd in the marketplace, according to an informal survey of educators and recruiters.”  The survey found that “presentation, communication, listening ability, command of the language, social and personal habits, styles of management, leadership, problem-solving, creativity and optimism rank among the must-have skills in the new economy.”  And “among the skills in greatest demand is the ability to self-manage, in combination with effective interpersonal skills,” while “being able to multi-task effectively and take on broader roles is also a key benefit to employers.”  Greg Pocherewny, vice-president of Robert Half Canada said, “We’re seeing more and more roles that are hybrids of traditional disciplines and that bridge the gap between specialties.  Having the ability to assume a broader range of responsibilities is highly valued by most employers.”

Reposted from the ASEE Firstbell briefing for October 2, 2009.


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