TypeWell offers QuickClasses through pepnet 2
January 2013 -- "pn2 QuickClasses cover a range of topics that assist the capacity building efforts of institutions, agencies, and individuals who work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing." The first TypeWell QuickClass (January/February 2013), called "Skill Development for New Transcribers," will be re-offered in June 2013, along with a new Mentoring QuickClass.
Web Browser Linking Now Supports Team Transcribing
April 2012 -- Both the TypeWell East and TypeWell West servers now run the "teaming" version of Web browser linking with TypeWell eReader. This allows multiple transcribers to link with one or more readers on the same channel, to support simultaneous teaming and/or sequential scheduling of transcribers.
New Director of Education & Operations Announced
November 2011 -- Steve and Judy Colwell are moving to supporting roles and are announcing Kate Ervin as the new Director of Education & Operations at TypeWell. Kate's introduction summarizes her experience as a TypeWell transcriber, teacher, and mentor, as well as her gratitude for the TypeWell community.
TypeWell Version 6 Released
August 2011 -- We are very pleased to announce the release of a major new version of the TypeWell transcribing software, chockful of new features to improve the quality of transcribing services, for readers, transcribers, and coordinators.
TypeWell version 6 introduces two major new linking methods, supporting web-based reader capabilities on a wide variety of new kinds of reader devices. Since a student's own handheld or tablet may now act as a reader, V6 slashes equipment costs while enhancing student satisfaction.
TypeWell Continuing Education Courselet
August 2011 -- Experienced transcribers may now boost their typing speed with the Turbo abbreviation system in TypeWell V6.
The Turbo I Courselet is an interactive teaching program that teaches and drills 14 new abbreviation patterns.
TypeWell transribers can sign up for the Turbo I Courselet at their online account, and gain continuing education credit in their permanent TypeWell record.
This courselet is the first of a series planned by TypeWell for continuing education.
TypeWell Everywhere for Mac computers
July 2011 -- Finally!
TypeWell Everywhere is now available for Mac computers!
TypeWell Everywhere for Mac allows you to use all the great TypeWell abbreviations -- including the version 6 Turbo abbreviations -- to speed typing in any program on a Mac.
Available only to graduates of the TypeWell transcribing course.
Coordinator Discussion List
July 2011 -- We now have an email discussion list just for coordinators at educational institutions!
This is the place to go for friendly, informed discussion about coordinating TypeWell services.
For instance, one of the resources shared in the group recently was about Dealing with Budget Cuts.
To join the list, please contact us.
Becoming an Independent TypeWell Contractor
December 2010 -- Many TypeWell transcribers have asked us for guidance about setting up their own business to provide TypeWell transcribing services.
With the input of a number of successful TypeWell independent contractors, we've put together a webpage full of independent contractor information.
Check it out!
May 2010 -- In response to frequent requests, we now provide a central location for finding agencies that provide TypeWell services.
For those who don't have the time to send candidates through the TypeWell transcribing course, this resource provides a way to find transcribers immediately.
This can be helpful even for those who plan to take the transcribing course eventually but need transcribing services in the meantime.
Blog for administrators
February 2010 -- The TypeWell blog has been extended with regular items of interest to administrators, with tips about how to recruit transcribers, how to evaluate the quality of service, and other common topics of interest to coordinators and administrators.
Click here to see just the newest "admin" blog entries.
Improved Course Application Process
February 2010 -- The TypeWell transcribing course has brought online a sophisticated new set of application tests to better identify the skills needed by successful transcribers.
This set of automated tests helps applicants to know more accurately whether they are likely to succeed in the course.
In addition, this new feature is a boon to administrators by reducing the cost and uncertainty in choosing the candidate.
It is now easier than ever to find candidates who are likely to become the best possible transcribers.
TypeWell Blog for transcribers
March 2009 -- To provide another avenue for continuing education of transcribers, we're happy to announce a blog about topics of interest to transcribers!
See Kyp's Tips for the latest tips and news for transcribers.
November 2008 -- A magical new version of TypeWell is now available!
TypeWell Everywhere brings the power of TypeWell abbreviations to the Windows desktop.
Transcribers no longer have to use one way of typing while providing services, and another when working at their own computer.
By using Everywhere, transcribers can now keep their skills honed by using their faster typing for regular correspondence and email as well.
TypeWell "V5" Major Release
September 2007 -- We're very pleased to announce the release of the first major new version of TypeWell in 4 years!
We call it "V5".
V5 has many new features, including the long anticipated new support for transcribing math and science.
We also now offer a premium edition of V5 with advanced linking features for remote transcribing.
TypeWell Online Training Includes Personal Teacher
March 2007 -- We've opened general registration for our online transcribing course.
The new course combines the flexibility of distance learning, the focus of computer-aided instruction, and the guidance of a human teacher.
In the past, our in-person classes were impractical for some people due to scheduling conflicts or travel costs.
Now those limitations are gone.
Potential students can sign up for the course at any time, and complete the full transcribing course remotely.
The core of the online training software is a surprisingly smart interactive computerized teaching assistant named Kyp, far more sophisticated than typical 'next page' courseware.
Kyp is fast, fun, and provides the same individualized feedback our trainers would for guiding the development of top-notch transcribing skills.
Students love him! Sometimes it's scary how real Kyp becomes to them.
Quality of training was the deciding factor in including a human teacher in the otherwise fully automated online course.
At first we thought Kyp might be enough, but eventually we decided that for refining each individual student's skills so that he or she is ready to go from training right into the job of transcribing, there's no substitute for a real, human, experienced teacher.
Don't tell Kyp we said that!
The online course covers a wide spectrum of topics related to transcribing, including abbreviation techniques, specific condensing methods, extensive transcribing of real lectures with immediate individualized feedback, the transcriber's role in the classroom, issues in deafness, and communication strategies.
The course is open for registration.