Society For Technical Communication - Instructional Design & Learning SIG

Society For Technical Communication - Instructional Design & Learning SIG The IDL SIG helps members identify and develop knowledge and practical skills for designing, developing, and implementing technical instruction in electronic and traditional classroom settings.

We are a special interest group (SIG) of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the professional association for technical writers, editors, communicators and instructors. Check out our website for more information and join us!

Mission: Our mission is to help STC members identify and develop knowledge and practical skills for designing, developing, and implementing technical instruction in electronic and traditional classroom settings. The SIG strives to promote sound design practices and provide information and education about instructional theory and research.

While the concept of the flipped classroom, and the very name itself, may seem backwards, in reality it is an innovative...
05/14/2019
Personalized Learning and Engagement: Why Flipped Classrooms are the Future of Education - IDL SIG

While the concept of the flipped classroom, and the very name itself, may seem backwards, in reality it is an innovative way of offering students and educators a more engaging, personalized learning experience. With the rapid growth of online and blended learning, and the proliferation of technology devices, educators have more opportunities than ever to provide personalized, meaningful learning experiences to their students. Using a flipped classroom model is one of the most effective strategies for achieving this.

http://www.stcidlsig.org/personalized-learning-and-engagement-why-flipped-classrooms-are-the-future-of-education/

Students! Do you want to increase your chances of employment after graduating from your undergraduate or graduate progra...
05/13/2019
You could be published before you graduate! - IDL SIG

Students! Do you want to increase your chances of employment after graduating from your undergraduate or graduate program? Having your article published with a link in your résumé (or on your LinkedIn page) to your article might give you just the edge you need to land a great job in technical communication and/or instructional design!

http://www.stcidlsig.org/students/youcanbepublished/

You could be published before you graduate! Do you want to increase your chances of employment after graduating from your undergraduate or graduate program? Having your article published with a link in your résumé (or on your LinkedIn page) to your article might give you just the edge you need to ...

Stepping into a new role is scary and exciting. Being co-manager for the IDL SIG may be the biggest task I have taken on...
05/13/2019
Co-manager's column - IDL SIG

Stepping into a new role is scary and exciting. Being co-manager for the IDL SIG may be the biggest task I have taken on in quite some time. Being an active member of the SIG, first as secretary, then assistant co-manager was interesting and satisfying. Now, as co-manager, I have Lori and Viqui supporting me through the transition. That’s one strength of volunteering in this SIG, someone is always there to help you succeed.

http://www.stcidlsig.org/co-managers-column/

You Had Me at Hello: Communicating Information in Government ProposalsBy David Dick, STC Fellow and CPTC CertificantAfte...
05/13/2019
You Had Me at Hello: Communicating Information in Government Proposals - IDL SIG

You Had Me at Hello: Communicating Information in Government Proposals
By David Dick, STC Fellow and CPTC Certificant

After thirty-five years employed as a technical writer, I accepted an opportunity to work as a proposal writer. It seemed a logical choice for me because a proposal writer and a technical writer are somewhat alike. They start with the same subject matter to cover, but that is where the similarity ends. A technical writer will produce a clear and accurate description of a product or service. A proposal writer will produce a rationale based on the subject matter, from the customer’s perspective, why a company’s product or service is the best choice of all the rest.

http://www.stcidlsig.org/6830-2/

Whenever possible, we like to welcome new SIG members by asking them to share a bit about themselves. In this issue, we ...
05/12/2019
New member - George Abraham - IDL SIG

Whenever possible, we like to welcome new SIG members by asking them to share a bit about themselves. In this issue, we welcome George K. Abraham IV.

http://www.stcidlsig.org/new-member-george-abraham/

Posted on March 26, 2019April 3, 2019 by Kelly SmithNew member – George Abraham By: Kelly Smith George AbrahamWhenever possible, we like to welcome new SIG members by asking them to share a bit about themselves. In this issue, we welcome George K. Abraham IV. George is a materials scientist, techn...

Holistic vs. Atomistic Design of Learning: two types of learning designBy: Mark PhilpHow detailed does a document need t...
05/10/2019
Holistic vs. Atomistic Design of Learning: two types of learning design - IDL SIG

Holistic vs. Atomistic Design of Learning: two types of learning design
By: Mark Philp

How detailed does a document need to be to get the best result for the end user? Can the user skim the document and understand the concepts effectively enough? Or does the training require a more in-depth understanding? There are two schools of thought on document design regarding these questions: holistic and atomistic. Holistic learning design is creating a document that examines a whole idea by looking at the sum of all parts rather than the individual details. Atomistic design, by contrast, looks at an issue on a granular level by examining every element in detail.

http://www.stcidlsig.org/holistic-vs-atomistic-design-of-learning-two-types-of-learning-design/

Effective Use of Screen Real Estate in E-Learning By Vivian LuuScreen real estate refers to the amount of space that is ...
05/09/2019
Effective Use of Screen Real Estate in E-Learning - IDL SIG

Effective Use of Screen Real Estate in E-Learning By Vivian Luu

Screen real estate refers to the amount of space that is available on a screen. In e-learning, it is not the available space on the computer screen that concerns us—it is the space on the slides we design and use to teach the material that we find to be most important. Creating e-learning slides, in programs such as PowerPoint or Captivate, may be simple and they may look aesthetically pleasing, but it is our effective use of space on the slides that give value to the user.
This article covers six principles you should consider in order to use screen real estate effectively.

http://www.stcidlsig.org/effective-use-of-screen-real-estate-in-e-learning/

While the concept of the flipped classroom, and the very name itself, may seem backwards, in reality it is an innovative...
05/08/2019
Personalized Learning and Engagement: Why Flipped Classrooms are the Future of Education - IDL SIG

While the concept of the flipped classroom, and the very name itself, may seem backwards, in reality it is an innovative way of offering students and educators a more engaging, personalized learning experience. With the rapid growth of online and blended learning, and the proliferation of technology devices, educators have more opportunities than ever to provide personalized, meaningful learning experiences to their students. Using a flipped classroom model is one of the most effective strategies for achieving this.

http://www.stcidlsig.org/personalized-learning-and-engagement-why-flipped-classrooms-are-the-future-of-education/

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05/07/2019

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05/07/2019
Students! Do you want to increase your chances of employment after graduating from your undergraduate or graduate progra...
05/07/2019
You could be published before you graduate! - IDL SIG

Students! Do you want to increase your chances of employment after graduating from your undergraduate or graduate program? Having your article published with a link in your résumé (or on your LinkedIn page) to your article might give you just the edge you need to land a great job in technical communication and/or instructional design!

http://www.stcidlsig.org/students/youcanbepublished/

You could be published before you graduate! Do you want to increase your chances of employment after graduating from your undergraduate or graduate program? Having your article published with a link in your résumé (or on your LinkedIn page) to your article might give you just the edge you need to ...

Stepping into a new role is scary and exciting. Being co-manager for the IDL SIG may be the biggest task I have taken on...
05/07/2019
Co-manager's column - IDL SIG

Stepping into a new role is scary and exciting. Being co-manager for the IDL SIG may be the biggest task I have taken on in quite some time. Being an active member of the SIG, first as secretary, then assistant co-manager was interesting and satisfying. Now, as co-manager, I have Lori and Viqui supporting me through the transition. That’s one strength of volunteering in this SIG, someone is always there to help you succeed.

http://www.stcidlsig.org/co-managers-column/

You Had Me at Hello: Communicating Information in Government ProposalsBy David Dick, STC Fellow and CPTC CertificantAfte...
05/07/2019
You Had Me at Hello: Communicating Information in Government Proposals - IDL SIG

You Had Me at Hello: Communicating Information in Government Proposals
By David Dick, STC Fellow and CPTC Certificant

After thirty-five years employed as a technical writer, I accepted an opportunity to work as a proposal writer. It seemed a logical choice for me because a proposal writer and a technical writer are somewhat alike. They start with the same subject matter to cover, but that is where the similarity ends. A technical writer will produce a clear and accurate description of a product or service. A proposal writer will produce a rationale based on the subject matter, from the customer’s perspective, why a company’s product or service is the best choice of all the rest.

http://www.stcidlsig.org/6830-2/

Whenever possible, we like to welcome new SIG members by asking them to share a bit about themselves. In this issue, we ...
05/06/2019
New member - George Abraham - IDL SIG

Whenever possible, we like to welcome new SIG members by asking them to share a bit about themselves. In this issue, we welcome George K. Abraham IV.

http://www.stcidlsig.org/new-member-george-abraham/

Posted on March 26, 2019April 3, 2019 by Kelly SmithNew member – George Abraham By: Kelly Smith George AbrahamWhenever possible, we like to welcome new SIG members by asking them to share a bit about themselves. In this issue, we welcome George K. Abraham IV. George is a materials scientist, techn...

Holistic vs. Atomistic Design of Learning: two types of learning designBy: Mark PhilpHow detailed does a document need t...
05/04/2019
Holistic vs. Atomistic Design of Learning: two types of learning design - IDL SIG

Holistic vs. Atomistic Design of Learning: two types of learning design
By: Mark Philp

How detailed does a document need to be to get the best result for the end user? Can the user skim the document and understand the concepts effectively enough? Or does the training require a more in-depth understanding? There are two schools of thought on document design regarding these questions: holistic and atomistic. Holistic learning design is creating a document that examines a whole idea by looking at the sum of all parts rather than the individual details. Atomistic design, by contrast, looks at an issue on a granular level by examining every element in detail.

http://www.stcidlsig.org/holistic-vs-atomistic-design-of-learning-two-types-of-learning-design/

Effective Use of Screen Real Estate in E-Learning By Vivian LuuScreen real estate refers to the amount of space that is ...
05/03/2019
Effective Use of Screen Real Estate in E-Learning - IDL SIG

Effective Use of Screen Real Estate in E-Learning By Vivian Luu

Screen real estate refers to the amount of space that is available on a screen. In e-learning, it is not the available space on the computer screen that concerns us—it is the space on the slides we design and use to teach the material that we find to be most important. Creating e-learning slides, in programs such as PowerPoint or Captivate, may be simple and they may look aesthetically pleasing, but it is our effective use of space on the slides that give value to the user.
This article covers six principles you should consider in order to use screen real estate effectively.

http://www.stcidlsig.org/effective-use-of-screen-real-estate-in-e-learning/

Many congratulations to all the new STC Fellows and Associate Fellows, especially our IDL SIG members: Fellow Tim Esposi...
05/03/2019
Introducing the 2019 Class of STC Fellows and Associate Fellows | Notebook

Many congratulations to all the new STC Fellows and Associate Fellows, especially our IDL SIG members: Fellow Tim Esposito​ and Associate Fellows Mary Jo David and Viqui Brown Sherman Dill​!

They will be recognized at the 2019 STC Technical Communication Summit & Expo in Denver, Colorado.

https://www.stc.org/notebook/2019/03/18/introducing-the-2019-class-of-stc-fellows-and-associate-fellows/

STC is pleased to announce that 10 distinguished members have been named Fellows and Associate Fellows of the Society for Technical Communication.

While the concept of the flipped classroom, and the very name itself, may seem backwards, in reality it is an innovative...
05/02/2019
Personalized Learning and Engagement: Why Flipped Classrooms are the Future of Education - IDL SIG

While the concept of the flipped classroom, and the very name itself, may seem backwards, in reality it is an innovative way of offering students and educators a more engaging, personalized learning experience. With the rapid growth of online and blended learning, and the proliferation of technology devices, educators have more opportunities than ever to provide personalized, meaningful learning experiences to their students. Using a flipped classroom model is one of the most effective strategies for achieving this.

http://www.stcidlsig.org/personalized-learning-and-engagement-why-flipped-classrooms-are-the-future-of-education/

05/02/2019
Announcing the Results of the 2019 STC Election | Notebook

Congratulations to our members James Bousquet, Kelly Schrank, and Li-At Rathbun!

STC, the Nominating Committee, and the Board of Directors are pleased to announce the results of the 2019 STC election.

When voting concluded, of 2,482 eligible voters, 402 (16.20%) cast ballots. There were some abstentions in each of the categories.

Congratulations to those elected, and great appreciation is extended to all candidates for their dedication to STC and willingness to devote their time and energy to improving our Society by running for office. According to STC’s Bylaws, the results become official when they are announced at the Annual Business Meeting at the STC Technical Communication Summit & Expo in Denver, Colorado, on Monday, 6 May 2019.

https://www.stc.org/notebook/2019/03/13/announcing-the-results-of-the-2019-stc-election/

STC, the Nominating Committee, and the Board of Directors are pleased to announce the results of the 2019 STC election.

Stepping into a new role is scary and exciting. Being co-manager for the IDL SIG may be the biggest task I have taken on...
05/01/2019
Co-manager's column - IDL SIG

Stepping into a new role is scary and exciting. Being co-manager for the IDL SIG may be the biggest task I have taken on in quite some time. Being an active member of the SIG, first as secretary, then assistant co-manager was interesting and satisfying. Now, as co-manager, I have Lori and Viqui supporting me through the transition. That’s one strength of volunteering in this SIG, someone is always there to help you succeed.

http://www.stcidlsig.org/co-managers-column/

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