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Blog Watch-The Doc Fox: Enterprise Computing, Technical Communication and More

Samartha Vashishtha
PCS has been establishing connections with bloggers who write about topics of interest to our members, and we thought we would highlight one in this month's President's eNotice.
The Doc Fox is the blog name of Samartha Vashishtha who works as a Senior Technical Writer/Content and Community Lead at Adobe Systems. According to his About Me page, he enjoys documenting workflows and using visual approaches, such as infographics, in his work to make it dead simple for readers to understand complex scenarios. He has been actively blogging and using social media channels to engage the user community. He is also a moderator for The LiveCycle Post, a community content aggregator for the Adobe LiveCycle Enterprise Suite.

In addition to his work life, Samartha is a published bilingual poet, gadget aficionado, and intermittent technology journalist. You can read more about his interests on his Linkedin profile.

Blogs are a great way for PCS to connect with both members and non-members of our society. If you are currently blogging and would like to link with the new PCS website (coming soon in June 2012), then please contact Suguru Ishizaki, PCS Webmaster.

PCS Member/Author Spotlight-Saul Carliner, Informal Learning Basics

Saul Carliner
Saul Carliner, editor of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, is happy to share news about his new publication. With informal training methods taking up as much as 70 percent of all workplace learning, informal learning opportunities are present in your company! Taking advantage of these possibilities will result in a framework of cost-effective training opportunities and improved performance. Informal Learning Basics will provide you with guidance and practical lessons on harnessing the vast potential of informal learning in your organization.

Informal Learning Basics Book cover In addition to providing an in-depth study of the concepts of informal learning, Informal Learning Basics delivers:
  • An analysis of how employees develop much of their knowledge informally;
  • Real-world case examples of informal learners;
  • An examination of the nine principles that govern informal learning in the workplace;
  • Suggestions on how to blend formal and informal learning in your organization
  • Descriptions of specific activities for both group and individual informal learning opportunities;
  • and more!
Informal Learning Basics is essential reading for training and development professionals who want to capture the potential of informal learning and use it for their organization's advantage.

IPCC 2012-PCS Returns to Orlando!

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Even as we prepare for summer activities and travel, we can start thinking about traveling to Orlando and the University of Central Florida for IPCC 2012. The university site is conveniently located to all Orlando attractions, and the newly renovated Radisson Hotel is an economical alternative to Disney properties! Whether you plan to participate as a presenter, or if you want to attend the conference, take a moment to review the Local Arrangements information on the conference Web site.

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