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.

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/502116850568996/

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.

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/

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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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