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.
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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.

Spectrum 2020 Call for Proposals - STC Rochester
11/17/2019
Spectrum 2020 Call for Proposals - STC Rochester

Spectrum 2020 Call for Proposals - STC Rochester

Spectrum 2020 Saturday, March 21 to Monday, March 23, 2020 at RIT The Expanding Spectrum of Technical Communication The Spectrum 2020 Call for Proposals is available on the Rochester Chapter Google drive. This year’s theme is “The Expanding Spectrum of Technical Communication.” The spectrum ex...

09/24/2019

We have several exciting webinars coming up in the next several months! Check out our posts and website for details. Remember, IDL SIG webinars are FREE for IDL SIG members and students!

Call for Proposals - STC Technical Communication Summit
09/02/2019
Call for Proposals - STC Technical Communication Summit

Call for Proposals - STC Technical Communication Summit

Anyone with experience in the latest communication techniques, technologies, approaches, and solutions is invited to submit. You are not required to be an STC member to submit a proposal, but are limited to a total of two session proposal submissions (presentation, training solution, or spotlight) a...

Society For Technical Communication - Instructional Design & Learning SIG's cover photo
07/24/2019

Society For Technical Communication - Instructional Design & Learning SIG's cover photo

Congratulations Saul Carliner and Margaret Driscoll on the release of their book "An Overview of Training and Developmen...
07/04/2019
An Overview of Training and Development: Why Training Matters

Congratulations Saul Carliner and Margaret Driscoll on the release of their book "An Overview of Training and Development: Why Training Matters". #TechComm #STCorg

https://www.amazon.com/Overview-Training-Development-Why-Matters-ebook/dp/B07S17L5LF

An Overview of Training and Development: Why Training Matters provides an introduction to the field of Training and Development and to the work that Training and Development professionals do. Specifically, it describes the:•Products and services offered by people in the field. •Vari...

Congratulations Saul Carliner and Margaret Driscoll on the release of their book "An Overview of Training and Developmen...
06/30/2019
An Overview of Training and Development: Why Training Matters

Congratulations Saul Carliner and Margaret Driscoll on the release of their book "An Overview of Training and Development: Why Training Matters". #TechComm #STCorg

https://www.amazon.com/Overview-Training-Development-Why-Matters-ebook/dp/B07S17L5LF

An Overview of Training and Development: Why Training Matters provides an introduction to the field of Training and Development and to the work that Training and Development professionals do. Specifically, it describes the:•Products and services offered by people in the field. •Vari...

Congratulations Saul Carliner and Margaret Driscoll on the release of their book "An Overview of Training and Developmen...
06/29/2019
An Overview of Training and Development: Why Training Matters

Congratulations Saul Carliner and Margaret Driscoll on the release of their book "An Overview of Training and Development: Why Training Matters". #TechComm #STCorg

https://www.amazon.com/Overview-Training-Development-Why-Matters-ebook/dp/B07S17L5LF

An Overview of Training and Development: Why Training Matters provides an introduction to the field of Training and Development and to the work that Training and Development professionals do. Specifically, it describes the:•Products and services offered by people in the field. •Vari...

Congratulations Saul Carliner and Margaret Driscoll on the release of their book "An Overview of Training and Developmen...
06/27/2019
An Overview of Training and Development: Why Training Matters

Congratulations Saul Carliner and Margaret Driscoll on the release of their book "An Overview of Training and Development: Why Training Matters". #TechComm #STCorg

https://www.amazon.com/Overview-Training-Development-Why-Matters-ebook/dp/B07S17L5LF

An Overview of Training and Development: Why Training Matters provides an introduction to the field of Training and Development and to the work that Training and Development professionals do. Specifically, it describes the:•Products and services offered by people in the field. •Vari...

You Had Me at Hello: Communicating Information in Government ProposalsBy David Dick, STC Fellow and CPTC CertificantAfte...
05/31/2019
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/

Students! Do you want to increase your chances of employment after graduating from your undergraduate or graduate progra...
05/31/2019
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...
05/31/2019
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/

Holistic vs. Atomistic Design of Learning: two types of learning designBy: Mark PhilpHow detailed does a document need t...
05/28/2019
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 ...
05/27/2019
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...
05/26/2019
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/

You Had Me at Hello: Communicating Information in Government ProposalsBy David Dick, STC Fellow and CPTC CertificantAfte...
05/25/2019
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/

Students! Do you want to increase your chances of employment after graduating from your undergraduate or graduate progra...
05/25/2019
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...
05/25/2019
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/

Holistic vs. Atomistic Design of Learning: two types of learning designBy: Mark PhilpHow detailed does a document need t...
05/22/2019
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/

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