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.

Society for Technical Communication
06/29/2020

Society for Technical Communication

July's STC Roundtable theme is "Inclusive Leadership to Build a More Diverse Culture." Join us as Joanne Lee, our July curator, provides insight on how to build an inclusive work environment that values employees, and makes them feel confident and inspired. Subscribe to Roundtable today! https://bit.ly/3daICSV

STC members: The next STC Roundtable is almost here -- Thursday, June 18 at 11:00 am U.S. Eastern  / 10:00 am U.S. Centr...
06/17/2020
Career Transitions in Technical Communication (June) | Roundtable

STC members: The next STC Roundtable is almost here -- Thursday, June 18 at 11:00 am U.S. Eastern / 10:00 am U.S. Central / 8:00 am U.S. Pacific.

This month, the focus will be on career transitions in technical communication. Curator CJ Walker will be joined by panelists Ellis Pratt, Paul Ballard, and Ray Gallon. The panel will discuss market trends and hiring in the next ten years, and what career progression is possible for technical communication professionals both inside and outside of the field.

If you're an STC Gold member, you can access all Roundtables at no charge. If you're not a Gold member, you can purchase a Roundtable subscription.

To access the Roundtable (Gold members) or to subscribe to the Roundtable (all other STC members), go to http://stc.org/roundtable/career-transitions.

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Our focus this month is on career transitions in technical communication. What can you do with your existing skills to move your career forward? What are your your options either within the field or transitioning into another one using the skills you have in your portfolio? How do you leverage the s...

Technical Knowledge: Rethinking Technical Communication Teams | Society for Technical Communication
06/15/2020
Technical Knowledge: Rethinking Technical Communication Teams | Society for Technical Communication

Technical Knowledge: Rethinking Technical Communication Teams | Society for Technical Communication

In a product setting, technical communication exists for one reason: to enable users to accomplish their goals with the product. To successfully accomplish this goal, we need to break down the traditional organizational silos of Documentation, Training, Product and Support, and move to conversation....

If you're not a member of STC, there's no better time to join than now! Through August 31, 2020, STC is reducing its due...
06/11/2020
Membership Levels and Benefits | Society for Technical Communication

If you're not a member of STC, there's no better time to join than now! Through August 31, 2020, STC is reducing its dues by 30% for all membership levels. No promotion code is needed; when you complete the application process, the discount will be applied automatically.

STC offers membership categories for current practitioners, students, and retirees. All categories offer valuable benefits such as access to the STC job bank, discounts on the Certified Professional Technical Communicator exam, webinars, the annual conference, online courses, and access to digital STC publications. In addition, you can join one or more STC chapters and SIGs like ours for a nominal charge.

As an STC member, you'll have the opportunity to network with more than 4,000 technical communication professionals through educational programs and special events.

To find out more about membership options and pricing, go to https://www.stc.org/membership/. You can complete the membership application online, or download a PDF of the membership application. When you complete the application, be sure to select the IDL SIG as one of your communities, and be a part of our friendly and active SIG!

If you have any questions about STC and SIG membership, feel free to contact us at [email protected]. And visit our web site (http://www.stcidlsig.org) to learn more about our STC community and find out about upcoming events.

STC membership offers best-in-class technical communication education, certification, career development, & professional networking. Become a member today.

STC IDL SIG Members -- If you haven't registered to attend the virtual STC annual business meeting, there's still time t...
05/30/2020
Annual Business Meeting | Society for Technical Communication

STC IDL SIG Members -- If you haven't registered to attend the virtual STC annual business meeting, there's still time to sign up. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM EDT via Zoom. The agenda includes installation of the 2020-2021 board of directors, a look back at the year's accomplishments, and a discussion of initiatives for the coming year, along with old and new business.

All STC members in good standing are welcome to attend and will be eligible to vote on any motions brought to the floor. Every vote matters, so your virtual presence will be important.

To attend the meeting, you must register in advance by 5:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, June 2.

To register, go to https://www.stc.org/annual-business-meeting/ and click the Annual Business Meeting Registration link. You will receive a confirmation email with the meeting link.

STC Committees are formed to address specific issues that are important to members of the Society.

Attending #stc20 next week? Check out all the fun social events taking place - including music performances, virtual esc...
05/14/2020
Networking and Social Activities - 2020 Technical Communication Summit | Virtual Event

Attending #stc20 next week? Check out all the fun social events taking place - including music performances, virtual escape room, and even trivia night! Details here: https://summit.stc.org/network/

Networking and Social Activities One of the biggest benefits of any conference is the networking. Take advantage of the time you’re around so many like-minded professionals and set a goal for yourself to meet a few new people. Here are some tips: The virtual conference platform will be available a...

STC Roundtable is now a Gold member benefit!STC Gold members now have access to the STC Roundtable as a member benefit. ...
04/26/2020
STC Roundtable

STC Roundtable is now a Gold member benefit!

STC Gold members now have access to the STC Roundtable as a member benefit. Gold members can access all current and past Roundtable content by signing in with their STC membership credentials.

STC Roundtable provides additional ongoing professional development in the form of high-quality content, curated by industry experts, on topics relevant to technical communicators.

Roundtable offers weekly webinars, published white papers, practical applications, live Q&As, expert panel discussions, and more.

If you're a Gold STC member, you can explore Roundtable now by going to stc.org/roundtable, and logging in.

If you're not a Gold member, you can still join the Roundtable by subscription. For information about subscribing and costs, go to stc.org/roundtable.

Roundtable is a new, exciting educational content subscription offering from STC. It is separate from membership and provides additional ongoing professional development in the form of fresh, high-quality content for 48 weeks on topics relevant to technical communicators and curated by well-known ex...

Hello all of my #stcorg friends! All hands on deck! We STILL NEED student volunteers for #stc20, so please help a terrib...
04/25/2020
Student Volunteers - 2020 Technical Communication Summit | Virtual Event

Hello all of my #stcorg friends! All hands on deck! We STILL NEED student volunteers for #stc20, so please help a terrible tweeter (me) out and spread the word to any students and professors you know! You can retweet my tweet @cklinger or write a better one. Please send them to https://summit.stc.org/student-volunteers/ for all the info! #techcomm

Calling Student Volunteers! Student volunteers can attend the Summit, learn aspects of technical communication beyond their college classrooms, and build their professional networks. The STC Summit has the following student volunteer positions: virtual presentation room producers, live Q&A facilitat...

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The Biggest Distance-Learning Experiment In History: Week One

Interesting article on distance learning in the United States due to COVID-19

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/26/821921575/the-biggest-distance-learning-experiment-in-history-week-one?utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=npr&fbclid=IwAR15sGrwRAUVIv1JHPgL3S_Tm9Qm_RkRTzBOvO-P58DNQiZkwDTlgzqmdl0

Districts are scrambling to get remote learning lessons in place. But over half of students live near the poverty line, 14% have a learning disability, and some struggle just to find Internet access.

Spectrum 2020: The Expanding Spectrum of Technical Communication
03/04/2020
Spectrum 2020: The Expanding Spectrum of Technical Communication

Spectrum 2020: The Expanding Spectrum of Technical Communication

Spectrum 2020 Rochester Chapter, Society for Technical Communication The Expanding Spectrum of Technical Communication Keynote speaker, Kirk St. Amant Saturday, March 21: Several half-day and full-day workshops to choose from. Lunch on your own at a nearby location within walking distance. Sunday af...

IDL SIG members - here is your chance to help select the future leaders of STC! Check your email for ballot details.
02/25/2020

IDL SIG members - here is your chance to help select the future leaders of STC! Check your email for ballot details.

ATTENTION ALL STC MEMBERS: The STC election opened this morning. If you were a member as of 1 February 2020, look for your election email, click on the link, insert your member number and the unique password in the email (not your STC password), and choose your preferred candidates. If you cannot find your email, check spam or junk mail, as the email is sent by a third party. If you cannot find your voting email, please contact [email protected] and we will happily assist you!

The Nominating Committee has selected a wonderful slate of qualified individuals who want to lead STC into the future. Support them by voting! You’re also supporting yourself and your profession.

https://www.stc.org/wiki/elections/2020-election-slate/

If you haven't renewed your STC and SIG membership yet, you can still renew by January 31 to keep your membership active...
01/30/2020
Society for Technical Communication

If you haven't renewed your STC and SIG membership yet, you can still renew by January 31 to keep your membership active and be eligible to vote in the upcoming STC elections. Renew today and continue to be a part of STC and our friendly, award-winning SIG! To renew, go to http://stc.org/membership. When you renew, be sure to select IDL SIG as a community.

We look forward to your membership in 2020!

The Society for Technical Communication is the world’s largest and oldest professional association dedicated to the advancement of the field of technical communication.

01/08/2020

Join us for the “A Tale of Two Podcasts: From Concept to Reality” webinar by Allie Proff and Ben Woelk.

About the webinar
More Americans know what podcasting is than who the vice president is, and 12 million Americans listened to their first podcast last year. Of people who are podcast listeners, 80% listen to all or most of each episode, and listen to an average of 7 episodes each week. Given that sort of engagement, it’s no wonder that businesses are starting to seriously explore podcasting as a new method to reach customers and other businesses. #TechComm #STCorg

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There's still time to renew your membership in STC and in our SIG! Take a few moments to continue your membership and en...
12/23/2019
Membership Levels and Benefits | Society for Technical Communication

There's still time to renew your membership in STC and in our SIG! Take a few moments to continue your membership and enjoy all of the benefits of being part of STC and our community...including a program of free webinars throughout the year! Go to stc.org/membership to renew. And if you're not an STC member yet, there's no better time to join!

STC membership offers best-in-class technical communication education, certification, career development, & professional networking. Become a member today.

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Our 2020 First Quarter Newsletter is now available on our website: http://www.stcidlsig.org/ Check it out for news about our new editor, elections and other SIG topics. Remember, everyone is welcome to submit article any time.
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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STC 2018 Elections: Ramesh Aiyyangar for Director Our profession has grown. But, STC has only a quarter or lesser of this number as members. We need a growth strategy and our value proposition has to be presented in a compelling way. STC has the infrastructure and the expertise to achieve this goal. As Director, I will contribute to this effort. We need to build for the future today. I'd greatly appreciate your support. You will receive election instructions by Feb 26, 2018. Vote for Ramesh Aiyyangar for Director. -------------------------------- My official candidate page is at: https://lnkd.in/f9NMxVy -------------------------------- Endorsements: Bernard Aschwanden https://lnkd.in/fSEF35W Bob Young https://lnkd.in/fezFFsz K​aren Lane ​https://lnkd.in/fdjCcQX J​ackie Damaru https://lnkd.in/fQ9h2J7 Carolyn Kelley Klinge​r​ https://lnkd.in/fHd78wE R​ay Gallon https://lnkd.in/fmzHCmX Karen Lane https://lnkd.in/fdjCcQX Thank you. ~Ramesh Aiyyangar Candidate for Director