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Going Remote: What the Future Holds

It can be frustrating. We run into glitches. We plot solutions, consider new approaches.

But then a call comes through from a student and it’s as clear as a concert hall. Closing your eyes, it’s as though the teacher is speaking directly to you. You hear everything. You capture everything. And your transcribing finds another gear you didn’t know existed...

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Going Remote: Challenges and Triumphs

We enjoyed having a space of our own, were grateful not to fight against traffic and parking, appreciated not having to lug our equipment up and down WVU’s substantial hills. Still, we missed walking around campus, the dull glow of florescent lights made us long for the sun, and we were pretty sure that, even under the best circumstances, we were still capturing and chunking only about 80% of what we had been catching previously. Our mood was somber. What have we done?

If we truly believed in our efficacy as “problem solvers,” then this was exactly the sort of experience that we had signed up for. We just had to figure out how to make it work...

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Going Remote: Leaving the Classroom

Tucked away in a quiet corner of  West Virginia University’s Evansdale Campus sits our office. It’s decorated modestly with family photos, portable cork boards, chemistry-symbol cheat sheets, and ever-changing class schedules. It smells of the endless pots of coffee we guzzle—high-test fuel. And, at any given time, the air may be filled with the clacking of thirty rapidly typing fingers. 

We didn’t always work from a central location. Once, we were nomads, traveling from one classroom to the next, fighting traffic, trolling the parking lots in search of parking. But times have changed...

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Web Linking Server in Canada Now Available

We're excited to announce that after a couple of months of beta testing, the new "Canada Server" is now available for regular use in classes or meetings. 

To connect to this new server, transcribers need to install the latest software update for the V7 Premium Transcriber program.

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New Web Server in British Columbia Protects Data, Opens Doors

To meet the requirements of privacy legislation in British Columbia, TypeWell collaborated with Post-Secondary Communication Access Services (PCAS) to establish a new Canadian Web Linking server in Vancouver, B.C. This enables transcribers in Canada to use TypeWell to stream data to Canadian clients so the data never resides on TypeWell’s U.S. servers...

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Call for Volunteers! 2016 TypeWell Conference Planning Committee

We're due for another TypeWell conference, don't you think?

Volunteer for the Conference Committee! We hope to schedule the next big professional development event for early Summer 2016. Organizers will develop a conference theme, secure a location, raise funds, find sponsors, develop a call for proposals, manage a selection committee, schedule sessions, organize catering, and all of the other logistics that go into planning a successful event...

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Deducting Home Office Expenses

Shameless plug: TypeWell is co-hosting a webinar with a Certified Public Accountant from Independent Contractor Tax Advisors on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Tax Strategies for Independent Contractors (free webinar)

While we are on the subject of deductible expenses for transcribers, here is one that applies primarily to those of us working remotely from our homes. We can deduct a portion of our rent or our mortgage payment, provided we have a room in our home or apartment specifically dedicated to our jobs.

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Deducting Job-Related Educational Expenses

Sometimes the answer to a question we receive from a transcriber can benefit others as well, so we’re sharing this one with you.

Q: Can any of the courses taken through TypeWell's LEO (Learning & Enrichment Online) be deducted on my taxes?

A: Yes, you can deduct the cost of continuing education courses — whether taken through TypeWell or elsewhere — with just a few stipulations...

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A Transcriber Among Students

The TypeWell transcriber's professional Code of Ethics prohibits the transcriber from participating in the class discussion or activities. This can create a distance between transcribers and the rest of the class — a distance that some students and instructors want to bridge.

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