Society For Technical Communication - Instructional Design & Learning SIG

Society For Technical Communication - Instructional Design & Learning SIG The IDL CoP helps members identify and develop knowledge and practical skills for designing, developing, and implementing technical instruction in electronic and traditional classroom settings.
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We are a community of practice (CoP) 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.

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STC is excited to welcome our new Intercom Magazine editor, Alisa Bonsignore! Alisa says, “I’m honored to be a part of I...
01/08/2021

STC is excited to welcome our new Intercom Magazine editor, Alisa Bonsignore! Alisa says, “I’m honored to be a part of Intercom, which is such an important resource for the technical communication industry. It’s also an exciting opportunity to return to my long-ago roots in magazine publishing." Learn more about Alisa here: http://ow.ly/zElW50D3HCs

STC is excited to welcome our new Intercom Magazine editor, Alisa Bonsignore! Alisa says, “I’m honored to be a part of Intercom, which is such an important resource for the technical communication industry. It’s also an exciting opportunity to return to my long-ago roots in magazine publishing." Learn more about Alisa here: http://ow.ly/zElW50D3HCs

The STC Nominating Committee (composed of members Liz Herman, Christina Mayr, Li-At Rathbun, Kelly Schrank, and chair Be...
01/07/2021

The STC Nominating Committee (composed of members Liz Herman, Christina Mayr, Li-At Rathbun, Kelly Schrank, and chair Ben Woelk) is pleased to announce the preliminary slate of candidates for the 2021 STC election.

To be eligible to vote, members must have paid their dues by 31 January of the election year.

https://www.stc.org/elections/election-slate/ #TechComm #STCorg

Celebrate Valentines Day early with the IDL CoP in "How to get Word to show you some Love" webinar with Mellissa Ruryk. ...
01/06/2021

Celebrate Valentines Day early with the IDL CoP in "How to get Word to show you some Love" webinar with Mellissa Ruryk.

10:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Mountain / 12:30 pm Central / 1:30 pm Eastern
Friday, February 12, 2021
Presented by the STC IDL CoP
About the webinar
I know, we all love to hate Word™. I get it! There are many times when we have no choice and need to dash something off, so we crack open a new doc. and bang it out. But then we apply some styles here (never using inline styling, right??) and then decide that this section there would look better if it were a numbered list. Then gee – wouldn’t it be better if that section of the document were printed landscape? All of a sudden you’re fighting a real battle!
This is a presentation suited for beginning technical writers or more advanced ones who keep getting stumped by Word's idiosyncrasies. We can almost guarantee everyone will learn at least one thing about Word, no matter how long you've been using it.
About the Speaker:
Equipped with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from UBC (English and art majors), writing to explain and train has been part of every position Mellissa Ruryk has held. Mellissa is a senior technical communicator with experience writing for technology, financial, oil and gas, and engineering clients. She is the past president of the Canada West Coast chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) and past co-manager of STC’s Instructional Design and Learning special interest group. She runs her own freelance technical communication business and earned her Foundation Certification in Technical Communication in the spring of 2019.
Mellissa has maintained a strong interest in plain language principles, editing and instructional design in our connected and on-demand world. Mellissa finds the logical and intuitive sides of her brain engaged as she uses her knowledge of plain language principles and design to write, edit, instruct and produce highly usable documentation in the form of user guides, online help, quick references, policy and procedure manuals, proposals and reports. Her toolbox includes Microsoft Word, Madcap Flare and Atlassian Confluence, mastered over a career that includes employment with larger and smaller companies, and her favourite—short-term freelancing.

https://www.facebook.com/events/390470172200353/ #TechComm #STCorg #Word

HAPPY NEW YEAR! STC wishes you happiness and health in 2021. ALL 2020 memberships will expire at MIDNIGHT. Renew now her...
01/01/2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR! STC wishes you happiness and health in 2021. ALL 2020 memberships will expire at MIDNIGHT. Renew now here: http://ow.ly/uMjm50CWiJ8 #TechComm #STCorg

HAPPY NEW YEAR! STC wishes you happiness and health in 2021. ALL 2020 memberships will expire at MIDNIGHT. Renew now here: http://ow.ly/7Czm50CWiJ7

Society For Technical Communication - Instructional Design & Learning SIG
01/01/2021

Society For Technical Communication - Instructional Design & Learning SIG

The STC Nominating Committee (composed of members Liz Herman, Christina Mayr, Li-At Rathbun, Kelly Schrank, and chair Be...
01/01/2021

The STC Nominating Committee (composed of members Liz Herman, Christina Mayr, Li-At Rathbun, Kelly Schrank, and chair Ben Woelk) is pleased to announce the preliminary slate of candidates for the 2021 STC election.

To be eligible to vote, members must have paid their dues by 31 January of the election year.

https://www.stc.org/elections/election-slate/ #TechComm #STCorg

Celebrate Valentines Day early with the IDL CoP in "How to get Word to show you some Love" webinar with Mellissa Ruryk. ...
12/31/2020

Celebrate Valentines Day early with the IDL CoP in "How to get Word to show you some Love" webinar with Mellissa Ruryk.

10:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Mountain / 12:30 pm Central / 1:30 pm Eastern
Friday, February 12, 2021
Presented by the STC IDL CoP
About the webinar
I know, we all love to hate Word™. I get it! There are many times when we have no choice and need to dash something off, so we crack open a new doc. and bang it out. But then we apply some styles here (never using inline styling, right??) and then decide that this section there would look better if it were a numbered list. Then gee – wouldn’t it be better if that section of the document were printed landscape? All of a sudden you’re fighting a real battle!
This is a presentation suited for beginning technical writers or more advanced ones who keep getting stumped by Word's idiosyncrasies. We can almost guarantee everyone will learn at least one thing about Word, no matter how long you've been using it.
About the Speaker:
Equipped with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from UBC (English and art majors), writing to explain and train has been part of every position Mellissa Ruryk has held. Mellissa is a senior technical communicator with experience writing for technology, financial, oil and gas, and engineering clients. She is the past president of the Canada West Coast chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) and past co-manager of STC’s Instructional Design and Learning special interest group. She runs her own freelance technical communication business and earned her Foundation Certification in Technical Communication in the spring of 2019.
Mellissa has maintained a strong interest in plain language principles, editing and instructional design in our connected and on-demand world. Mellissa finds the logical and intuitive sides of her brain engaged as she uses her knowledge of plain language principles and design to write, edit, instruct and produce highly usable documentation in the form of user guides, online help, quick references, policy and procedure manuals, proposals and reports. Her toolbox includes Microsoft Word, Madcap Flare and Atlassian Confluence, mastered over a career that includes employment with larger and smaller companies, and her favourite—short-term freelancing.

https://www.facebook.com/events/390470172200353/ #TechComm #STCorg #Word

12/30/2020

Wed, December 30, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Come learn how using a comprehensive checklist created and updated for a specific communication task can help improve your process.

About this Event
A joint STC Technical Editing SIG, STC Santa Barbara, STC Los Angeles, and Policies & Procedures event

How can the editing of the iconic James Bond series help technical editors sharpen their skills? Join us in this multi-communities event as Ann Marie Queeney draws upon Ian Fleming and his editing team’s witty and insightful letters .

This will be an interactive discussion about technical editing issues, such as technical accuracy, jargon and clichés, and consistency. We'll also learn a few James Bond fun facts along the way.

Speaker Profile
Kelly Schrank, MA, ELS, has been in technical and medical communication for over 20 years. Through her business, Bookworm Editing Services, she brings consistency, structure, and clarity to her clients’ content regardless of whether she is writing content like blog posts, style guides, and standard operating procedures or editing formulary dossiers, manuscripts, proposals, slide decks, and training materials.

Kelly is an Associate Fellow of STC and a BELS-certified Editor in the Life Sciences. Kelly has presented on checklists, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, editing, side gigs, and networking in webinars and conferences.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/to-be-more-efficient-and-consistent-build-a-better-checklist-tickets-133257198869

MISSIONProvides advice, insight, and recommendations on matters of diversity and inclusion to both the STC Board and the...
12/29/2020
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Panel | Society for Technical Communication

MISSION
Provides advice, insight, and recommendations on matters of diversity and inclusion to both the STC Board and the STC staff. The panel will advise the board and STC staff on a range of diversity, equity and inclusion areas, so that the society can consider and take action to include members and potential members of different ages, nation of origin or nation of residence, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, marital status, education, language, physical appearance, and ethnic identity.
STATEMENT
STC is committed to supporting the participation of all members, volunteers, and guests across the globe. STC policies and training will ensure we all respect, encourage, and develop our colleagues’ perspectives, ideas, and efforts, while providing opportunities for growth to all members.
https://www.stc.org/committees/deiap/
#TechComm #Diversity #Equity #Inclusion #a11y

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Panel CHAIR Wendy Ross MEMBERS Roger Renteria Mak Pandit Toni Mantych Agnes Crentsil Liz Fraley Viqui Dill BOARD LIAISON Kirsty Taylor STAFF LIAISON Liz Pohland MISSION Provides advice, insight, and recommendations on matters of diversity and inclusion to bo...

12/29/2020

Wed, December 30, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Come learn how using a comprehensive checklist created and updated for a specific communication task can help improve your process.

About this Event
A joint STC Technical Editing SIG, STC Santa Barbara, STC Los Angeles, and Policies & Procedures event

How can the editing of the iconic James Bond series help technical editors sharpen their skills? Join us in this multi-communities event as Ann Marie Queeney draws upon Ian Fleming and his editing team’s witty and insightful letters .

This will be an interactive discussion about technical editing issues, such as technical accuracy, jargon and clichés, and consistency. We'll also learn a few James Bond fun facts along the way.

Speaker Profile
Kelly Schrank, MA, ELS, has been in technical and medical communication for over 20 years. Through her business, Bookworm Editing Services, she brings consistency, structure, and clarity to her clients’ content regardless of whether she is writing content like blog posts, style guides, and standard operating procedures or editing formulary dossiers, manuscripts, proposals, slide decks, and training materials.

Kelly is an Associate Fellow of STC and a BELS-certified Editor in the Life Sciences. Kelly has presented on checklists, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, editing, side gigs, and networking in webinars and conferences.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/to-be-more-efficient-and-consistent-build-a-better-checklist-tickets-133257198869

12/27/2020

Wed, December 30, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Come learn how using a comprehensive checklist created and updated for a specific communication task can help improve your process.

About this Event
A joint STC Technical Editing SIG, STC Santa Barbara, STC Los Angeles, and Policies & Procedures event

How can the editing of the iconic James Bond series help technical editors sharpen their skills? Join us in this multi-communities event as Ann Marie Queeney draws upon Ian Fleming and his editing team’s witty and insightful letters .

This will be an interactive discussion about technical editing issues, such as technical accuracy, jargon and clichés, and consistency. We'll also learn a few James Bond fun facts along the way.

Speaker Profile
Kelly Schrank, MA, ELS, has been in technical and medical communication for over 20 years. Through her business, Bookworm Editing Services, she brings consistency, structure, and clarity to her clients’ content regardless of whether she is writing content like blog posts, style guides, and standard operating procedures or editing formulary dossiers, manuscripts, proposals, slide decks, and training materials.

Kelly is an Associate Fellow of STC and a BELS-certified Editor in the Life Sciences. Kelly has presented on checklists, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, editing, side gigs, and networking in webinars and conferences.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/to-be-more-efficient-and-consistent-build-a-better-checklist-tickets-133257198869

⏰Time is running out to renew your STC membership! 2020 memberships expire on 31 December. Renew your membership today! ...
12/27/2020

⏰Time is running out to renew your STC membership! 2020 memberships expire on 31 December. Renew your membership today! http://ow.ly/g9eU50CTpC1

⏰Time is running out to renew your STC membership! 2020 memberships expire on 31 December. Renew your membership today! http://ow.ly/g9eU50CTpC1

Only a few days left to renew your STC and IDL membership!  All STC memberships expire December 31, 2020. We hope you'll...
12/26/2020
IDL CoP - Website for the Instructional Design and Learning Community of Practice

Only a few days left to renew your STC and IDL membership! All STC memberships expire December 31, 2020. We hope you'll say Yes to membership in 2021, and continue to be part of our great community. If you renew now, your membership benefits will continue uninterrupted, and you'll be eligible to vote in the upcoming Society elections and have a say in selecting your STC leaders for the coming year.

To renew, go to http;//stc.org/membership, log in, and complete the renewal form. Be sure to select IDL SIG as your community on the form.

Visit our web site (http://stcidlsig.org) to find out more about why your STC and community membership is a great investment in your professional development. And watch for announcements about upcoming webinars -- FREE to you as a member of our community.

#STCorg

Website for the Instructional Design and Learning Community of Practice

12/26/2020

Wed, December 30, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Come learn how using a comprehensive checklist created and updated for a specific communication task can help improve your process.

About this Event
A joint STC Technical Editing SIG, STC Santa Barbara, STC Los Angeles, and Policies & Procedures event

How can the editing of the iconic James Bond series help technical editors sharpen their skills? Join us in this multi-communities event as Ann Marie Queeney draws upon Ian Fleming and his editing team’s witty and insightful letters .

This will be an interactive discussion about technical editing issues, such as technical accuracy, jargon and clichés, and consistency. We'll also learn a few James Bond fun facts along the way.

Speaker Profile
Kelly Schrank, MA, ELS, has been in technical and medical communication for over 20 years. Through her business, Bookworm Editing Services, she brings consistency, structure, and clarity to her clients’ content regardless of whether she is writing content like blog posts, style guides, and standard operating procedures or editing formulary dossiers, manuscripts, proposals, slide decks, and training materials.

Kelly is an Associate Fellow of STC and a BELS-certified Editor in the Life Sciences. Kelly has presented on checklists, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, editing, side gigs, and networking in webinars and conferences.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/to-be-more-efficient-and-consistent-build-a-better-checklist-tickets-133257198869

The STC Nominating Committee (composed of members Liz Herman, Christina Mayr, Li-At Rathbun, Kelly Schrank, and chair Be...
12/26/2020

The STC Nominating Committee (composed of members Liz Herman, Christina Mayr, Li-At Rathbun, Kelly Schrank, and chair Ben Woelk) is pleased to announce the preliminary slate of candidates for the 2021 STC election.

To be eligible to vote, members must have paid their dues by 31 January of the election year.

https://www.stc.org/elections/election-slate/ #TechComm #STCorg

Celebrate Valentines Day early with the IDL CoP in "How to get Word to show you some Love" webinar with Mellissa Ruryk. ...
12/25/2020

Celebrate Valentines Day early with the IDL CoP in "How to get Word to show you some Love" webinar with Mellissa Ruryk.

10:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Mountain / 12:30 pm Central / 1:30 pm Eastern
Friday, February 12, 2021
Presented by the STC IDL CoP
About the webinar
I know, we all love to hate Word™. I get it! There are many times when we have no choice and need to dash something off, so we crack open a new doc. and bang it out. But then we apply some styles here (never using inline styling, right??) and then decide that this section there would look better if it were a numbered list. Then gee – wouldn’t it be better if that section of the document were printed landscape? All of a sudden you’re fighting a real battle!
This is a presentation suited for beginning technical writers or more advanced ones who keep getting stumped by Word's idiosyncrasies. We can almost guarantee everyone will learn at least one thing about Word, no matter how long you've been using it.
About the Speaker:
Equipped with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from UBC (English and art majors), writing to explain and train has been part of every position Mellissa Ruryk has held. Mellissa is a senior technical communicator with experience writing for technology, financial, oil and gas, and engineering clients. She is the past president of the Canada West Coast chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) and past co-manager of STC’s Instructional Design and Learning special interest group. She runs her own freelance technical communication business and earned her Foundation Certification in Technical Communication in the spring of 2019.
Mellissa has maintained a strong interest in plain language principles, editing and instructional design in our connected and on-demand world. Mellissa finds the logical and intuitive sides of her brain engaged as she uses her knowledge of plain language principles and design to write, edit, instruct and produce highly usable documentation in the form of user guides, online help, quick references, policy and procedure manuals, proposals and reports. Her toolbox includes Microsoft Word, Madcap Flare and Atlassian Confluence, mastered over a career that includes employment with larger and smaller companies, and her favourite—short-term freelancing.

https://www.facebook.com/events/390470172200353/ #TechComm #STCorg #Word

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If you’re starting to document a REST API, this workshop is for you. Join Tom Johnson for a full day workshop on #API Documentation at the Society for Technical Communication Summit on Sun, May 5 in Denver, CO. In this workshop, you’ll learn about API documentation in the context of using a simple weather API — making requests and analyzing the responses. We’ll cover the essential elements of API reference topics (such as endpoints, parameters, and response schemas), how OpenAPI specification and Swagger work (as well as tools to simplify spec development), expected non-reference topics (such as authorization and rate limiting), version control workflows (in Git and GitHub), and more. If you’re starting to document a REST API, this workshop will get you up and running in the right direction. You’ll leave with a solid grasp of the necessary components of REST API documentation as well as how to deliver an interactive learning experience that developers want. Takeaways: - REST APIs involve requests and responses, not too unlike visiting a web page — you make a request to a resource stored on a server, and the server responds with the requested information. - Web API reference topics have essential sections: resource descriptions, endpoints and methods, parameters, request examples, and response examples + schemas. - The OpenAPI specification provides a standard structure for describing your REST API; Swagger UI can consume the OpenAPI spec to provide interactive documentation. Rates and list of all Summit workshops here:
STC Summit Track spotlight ... The "Training Development and Delivery" track at this year's Summit in Denver May 5-8 features sessions on the training industry as a whole including synchronous onsite and online classes and the creation of effective eLearning. Presentations cover the tools, tactics, strategies, and techniques needed to deliver robust courses that enhance the learner experience no matter the pedagogy. The Track Manager is a leader in this field, Kevin Siegel Featured sessions: - Teaching Online: Tips, Tricks, Techniques for Engaging Virtual Learners, Kevin Siegel
 - xAPI: Geek Free Introduction for Instructional Designers, Megan Torrence
 - The Human Touch: Bringing Instructor Presence into eLearning, Julia Cho - eLearning: Creating Virtual Reality Projects with Adobe Captivate, Kevin Siegel - Visual Media: Crossing Paths with Technical Publications, Keith Kamikawa - Engineering Better Training Experiences Through Innovative Presentation Techniques and Technologies, Chuck Campbell - Just-in-Time (JIT) Training, Aaron Murray - More Lessons Learned: What Harry Potter Professors Teach Us About Instructional Design, Jamye Sagan
 - Documented Disconnect: Gender Bias in Onboarding Technical Documents, William Hart Full descriptions of each session here:
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