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Information architecture: how we got to content management in a hybrid learning environment

At first, we created and developed an information architecture (IA) as part of our educational content strategy on our WordPress website via its taxonomy (classification) functionality. Therefore, we use this functionality to categorize and tag our educational web posts. So our IA supports the functions of effective writing and aims to serve the needs of a pedagogical (teaching and educational methods) editing system.

Then we transitioned to the hybrid learning environment of Microsoft Education (EDU), where we took advantage of some key tools in Office 365, such as SharePoint and Teams, to create the IA. The result is McIntoshLinguistics.

What McIntoshLinguistics is

McIntoshLinguistics is an organization that houses and operates a unique educational and grammatical editing model, which is itself a pedagogical model that is intended to be a purposive copy-editing system. This model underlies our IA, which is for our own writing, an editing system, and publishing solutions.

Microsoft EDU

We are proud to join the ranks of students and faculty of accredited academic institutions that have also been granted a Microsoft Qualified Educational User designation. Through this licenced-based subscription technology platform, McIntoshLinguistics offers users a secure experience designed for accessing our content library.

The McIntoshLinguistics organization on the Microsoft platform

But more importantly, we leverage the innovative academic tools available to use through the mandate of Microsoft EDU, which is to accelerate opportunities for learners, create successful hybrid learning environments and improve student outcomes.

The importance of education

Justification for our educational content

The education we provide aims to train intelligence, attitudes, and values.

Teaching material methodology

As students, understanding had to precede our learning, so as educators, we apply careful methodology to evaluate, develop and/or disseminate our teaching material.

Content management in a hybrid learning environment for writing, an editing system, and publishing solutions


Microsoft EDU Teams content classification in a hybrid learning environment for writing, an editing system, and publishing solutions

Curriculum-content containers and descriptions


This category represents our educational strategy. The items contain written content (attachment).


This category is used to identify structured texts that validate linguistic rules. The items may or may not contain written content (attachment).


This category is used for the subjects and the topics to be learned during study (knowledge, skills and competencies). It is also used to identify material used as reference. These items may or may not contain written content (attachment).

Microsoft Teams classes and descriptions

Pedagogy, Corpus and Syllabus

This class presents erudite grammatical and linguistic material that is divided into individual curriculum containers (SharePoint folders) named after the team itself.

The Mental Health Project

The Mental Health Project Class features news links (external articles) that are educational materials gathered from sources that tend to focus on resilience. Our news posts, which we refer to as Healing Lists, reflect our creative and transformative ideals to continuously use the linguistic aspect of English to engender understanding through the Socratic and the life-affirming.

Publishing Solutions

The Publishing Solutions team deploys a publishing solution called Building Perfect Book Blocks in Microsoft Word. The purpose of this pre-publication formatting guide is also to help you edit your manuscript to meet traditional publishing standards.

The Literary Editing Project (The LEP)

The LEP class uses a process-method that helps you construct a highly readable and semantically sound literary manuscript. The LEP as a process-method for editing addresses Syntax & Semantics, Orthography and Readability Elements.


MCINTOSHFORMS™ are a grammatical editing method that uses customized search parameters that include regular expressions (regexes) to isolate grammatical constituents. This method can help you perform grammatical editing by identifying and/or addressing errors, irregularities or ambiguities in manuscripts.

Microsoft Lists and descriptions (managed access/permission)

Our Pedagogical Copy Editing Project Management (PCEPM) system is an important part our educational and grammatical editing model and is itself a pedagogical model that is intended to be a purposive copy-editing system. We use this system to perform copy editing that meets traditional publishing standards. It also feeds into our information architecture as part of our educational content strategy.

The PCEPM system is composed of the following database tools that are a function of their purposive elements/categories, i.e. copy editing and educational content strategy:

Copy Editing
Copy Editing Taxonomy (CET) list tool

An editing tool with an instructional design that encourages a purposive approach to support all editorial changes through a knowledge base (or reference material)

The Additional Notes (AN) list tool

A tool that the user can use to indicate that additional information, such as context notes, and/or linguistic or grammatical notes, is available

Educational material
Grammar-Linguistics List (GLL)

A taxonomy of English grammar and linguistic subjects with articles addressing them to aid in advanced editing

Grammar-Linguistics List - GLL Topics

A list of subject matters that categorizes the content covered in the GLL