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Education Blogs and Discussion Forums


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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Education blogs are showing up everywhere and one has to be careful where they are getting their information from.

There are some education blogs that are not extremely informative and include information from people who do not have any knowledge on the topic. Make sure that if you are consulting with an education blog, it comes from a reliable source.

Many times the best way to do this is to go with suggestions from people that you know. Along with education blogs, there are those education discussion forums that are reputable and those that are not. The Chronicle of Higher Education is one discussion forum that carries a lot of weight in the education sphere and is extremely informative.

What are some of the advantages of being part of an education blog or discussion forum? It gives you the opportunity to dialogue with people who are like-minded. You can meet many people and if you are in a situation of looking for work in academia, this could be a wonderful avenue to increase your social networks.

Another advantage to being part of education blogs and discussion forums is that you receive the opportunity to find out what are some of the “hot” topics people in the field are discussing. This will also help you during interviews if you are in the midst of the academic job hunt.

Even for people who already have work in academia, education blogs and discussion forums can be useful. They can help to keep you up to date on some of the things that are being discussed in the field. This could even help to provide lecture material or to promote discussions in your classroom or in your board meetings.

For whatever reason, you are using education blogs or discussion forums, if you choose them wisely, you cannot go wrong.

The International Association of Business Communicators Presents Communication Changes in the Fast Lane


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On May 10, the Dallas chapter of IABC will host Clayton Howe who will share the internal and external communication challenges and successes of converting Texas toll roads to cashless operations

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Tuesday, May 10 the Dallas chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) will feature the North Texas Toll Authority’s (NTTA) assistant executive director of operations, Clayton Howe, at the organization’s monthly luncheon in Plano, Texas.

“Communication with our customers was one of the most important aspects of the NTTA’s transition to cashless tolling”

Attendees to this luncheon will learn how being flexible and adaptable during times of change can facilitate a smooth transition, to deal with unexpected obstacles during a major transition and to apply what they learn to future change communication campaigns.

“Communication with our customers was one of the most important aspects of the NTTA’s transition to cashless tolling,” Howe said. “We learned and adjusted along with our customers, and I’m excited to share those lessons.”

Howe worked in the healthcare industry for 18 years before transitioning to the NTTA as assistant director of the maintenance department. In 2007, Howe was promoted to assistant executive director of operations with oversight of customer service, maintenance, system and incident management and information technology.

The event begins at 11:15 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m. The early bird registration fee is $30 for current IABC Dallas members, $45 for guests and $20 for full-time students. After May 2, the fee increases by $5. Guests wishing to secure the membership rate are encouraged to join IABC. IABC membership offers several benefits including monthly luncheons, a worldwide network of 15,000 colleagues, leadership training, printed and online magazines, accreditation and awards programs and much more. To register and learn more about the event, visit the IABC Dallas website.

Event Summary:
When: Tuesday, May 10 at 11:15 a.m.
Where: Maggiano’s Little Italy – 6001 W. Park Blvd., Plano, Texas 75093
How: iabcdallas.com
Fee: $30 – members; $45 – guests; $20 students; After May 2: $35 – members; $50 – guests; $20 – students; Registration closes on Friday, May 6.

About IABC Dallas:

IABC Dallas is the premier organization for practical education and information, professional development, and networking for marketing and communication professionals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The chapter serves more than 300 members representing corporations, agencies, and professional services, as well as government, association, not-for-profit and entrepreneurial organizations. IABC Dallas offers a range of resources and networking opportunities, including regular professional development meetings, workshops and seminars, member newsletters, awards programs and job placement resources. IABC Dallas can trace its roots to 1942 when it was known as the Southwestern Association of Industrial Editors. For more information, visit http://www.iabcdallas.com.