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The Secrets of the PAL (Part 2)

I provided Steve with my own Personal Abbreviation List to get his analysis. I was surprised to find that certain words I had added were actually counter-productive. 

Steve put my entries into eight basic categories, two of which were bad. Here is his reasoning.

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Pilot Co-Op Class Begins November 2014

We're looking forward to offering several online continuing education opportunities for professional TypeWell transcribers and disability service coordinators. These will take place in a new section of our website called “LEO” (short for “Learning & Enrichment Online”). 

The course offerings will begin in earnest in Spring 2015, but the pilot class beginning this month marks our soft launch.

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The Secrets of The PAL (Part 1)

"I was thinking that transcribers hadn't been able to quickly identify the abbreviations that they use frequently and those they never use," says TypeWell co-founder Steve Colwell. "That was keeping them from maintaining their PALs effectively, both for pruning unused abbreviations, and for adding new ones such as for variant endings of abbreviations that have proved useful."

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The Transcriber Who Knew Too Much

The TypeWell Code of Ethics dictates that transcribers should serve as a “conduit of information” for consumers. In the tale I’m about to relate, a seasoned TypeWell transcriber knew that principle, but chose the wrong action...

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Volunteer Transcribing: Combining Your Passions

"Recently I had the opportunity to combine two things I feel quite passionate about:" says transcriber Kristin Rifai, "providing communication access and the plight of the honey bee." While I have been a TypeWell transcriber since 2006, I've only this year become a beekeeper. I've been following the plight of the honey bee in the news and felt I had to do something...

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Back-to-School Jitters (and a few strategies to overcome them)

As transcribers, we are in the unique position of having dozens of "first days" throughout our careers. Walking through the maze of halls of an unfamiliar high school eighty miles from home, as an adult who wasn't a teacher, I clearly didn't belong...

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Seven Questions: Brynn Elliott

Brynn lives in Laramie, Wyoming and is the Communication Access Services Coordinator at the University of Wyoming, the only university in the state.

The most important trait for a coordinator? "Flexibility!" says Brynn. "Go with the flow. Schedules change, new students crop up, and transcribers get sick. Roll with it...."

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Happy 15th Anniversary, TypeWell!

The first cohort of TypeWell transcribers completed their training in August 1999. Over the past 15 years, the TypeWell training and software have advanced tremendously. This timeline shows some of the highlights, year by year, alongside other technological advances that have changed our lives...

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The Instructor's Perspective: a transcriber takes her place at the front of the classroom

Rachel Ballard — I spent two quarters at the front of the room, teaching a core English class, before returning to the chair marked "reserved for DSS" in the back of the classroom and resuming my work as a TypeWell transcriber. This brief experience of working as an instructor was a fascinating glimpse into what instructors and professors face on a day-to-day basis...

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Why Turbo 2 Is the Best Thing to Happen in TypeWell V7

There are constant innovations being made in an effort to make TypeWell more accessible for both transcriber and reader. Turbo II is a newly added extension to Turbo mode in TypeWell. Turbo II gives you more time to capture the main ideas without worrying about how many S's are in Mississippi...

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