Slides from our #STC17 IDL SIG meeting

We had a blast at the #STC17 Summit. Here are slides from our meeting.

stc-idl-sig-2017 Business Meeting Presentation

The Newsletter Q1 2017 IDeaL: Design for Learning

Read the full newsletter as pdf here.

From the Editor

By Crista Mohammed

Readers, we are late with delivering our Q1 2017 newsletter and for this we humbly apologize.

We are experiencing some challenges with our website.

For this PDF version of IDeaL: Design for Learning, I thank Lori Meyer for all the layout work. I could not have done it without her! Where we fell short in delivery time, we make up for in great content.

In this issue, we have begun reaping the rewards of our student outreach competition: We are thrilled to publish the first of several student essays, which our esteemed judges found to have clear value to our readership.

Read the full newsletter as pdf here.

2017 Platinum Community Award

The citation on our certificate will read:

"For fulfilling the STC mission of providing quality programs to members through innovative activities. For your outstanding work on leadership, transition, and community outreach."


Our community will be recognized during the Leadership Program (on Sunday, May 7) at the 2017 Summit in Washington, DC. At that time, we will receive our CAA certificate.

In addition, we encourage all of your community members to attend the Honors Reception (on Tuesday, May 9, at 5:30pm), as the Community of the Year and Most Improved Community will be announced during that time.

In addition, there will be an opportunity to have the official event photographer take a group photo of your community members with your award at the end of the evening.

Congratulations to all members of the Instructional Design & Learning SIG!

2017 Pacesetter Award

The STC Instructional Design & Learning SIG has earned the 2017 Pacesetter Award for the 2016 activity year. The citation on our certificate will read:

"For your innovative Article Writing Competition that encourages student participation with a unique two-level award system that benefits both the community and the Society."

At the Summit in Washington, DC, our community will be recognized and receive the Pacesetter Award certificate during the Leadership Program event on Sunday, May 7.

Congratulations to all members of the STC Instructional Design & Learning SIG on a job well done and for being an example for all STC communities.

STC IDL SIG at the 2017 Summit

Join us at the #STC17 Summit!

Come by our booth at the welcome reception on Sunday night and get a sticker for your summit badge. Join us Tuesday midday for our annual business meeting. And if you see some of us walking around and hanging out, be sure to jump in and say hello.

This post will help you connect with our SIG at the Summit and highlights selected sessions about our field, by members, and other sessions of interest. For the complete schedule of events, see the Summit website at

Annual IDL SIG Business Meeting Brown Bag

Our annual face-to-face business meeting will be on Tuesday, May 9th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in Annapolis 1 at the Gaylord Hotel.

Come by for a brown bag lunch and a chance to meet other instructional design and learning practitioners face to face. Pick up lunch at either the Harbor Marketplace or the The Cocoa Bean inside the Gaylord Hotel.

Join us! We will have prizes!

Sessions by IDL SIG members

Revive and Thrive: Strategies for the Introvert in Today’s Workplace Sunday, May 7 • 1:00pm - 4:30pm Ben Woelk

A Laymen’s Crash Course on Analytics in Help Content Monday, May 8 • 10:10am - 11:00am Jenn Carlos

On Track! Running an Effective Meeting is More Than the Agenda Monday, May 8 • 2:10pm - 3:00pm Viqui Dill

Productivity Hacks for Technical Communicators Tuesday, May 9 • 9:00am - 9:50am Kit Brown-Hoekstra

We Stoop to Conquer: Adjusting to Mediocrity Tuesday, May 9 • 10:10am - 11:00am Li-At Rathbun

Prototypes of Use: Adapting Content to the Usability Expectations of Different Contexts Tuesday, May 9 • 2:10pm - 3:00pm Kirk St.Amant

My Android Dreams of Electric Cats – Are You Capturing Your User's Emotive Analytics? Tuesday, May 9 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm Allie Proff

Gamification of Instructional Design Tuesday, May 9 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm Phylise Banner

Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Leadership Journey to the Emerald City Wednesday, May 10 • 9:00am - 9:50am Ben Woelk

Creating User Documentation in an Agile World Wednesday, May 10 • 10:10am - 11:00am Jane Wilson

Sessions about IDL and related topics

Learning Styles and the Cancer Experience Monday, May 8 • 2:10pm - 3:00pm Debbie Kerr

Video Provides the Edge Monday, May 8 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm Mark Kleinsmith

Edits as ESL Teaching: Working with Multi-lingual Writers Tuesday, May 9 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm Jessica McCaughey

Gamification of Instructional Design Tuesday, May 9 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm Phylise Banner

Informal Get Togethers

Look for plans to get together informally for dinner or after dinner fun. The Gaylord Hotel has a rooftop lounge for hotel guests that is open late. We will gather in the evenings to wind down and connect there.

Other sessions of interest

CPTC Foundation Exam Prep Class Saturday, May 6 • 8:30am - 4:30pm Chris Hester

CPTC Foundation Exam Prep Class: Day 2 Sunday, May 7 • 8:30am - 5:00pm Chris Hester

Leadership Program Sunday, May 7 • 8:00am - 12:00pm Our own Mellissa Ruryk will be presenting about our Manager’s Handbook to all the STC community leaders in attendance. Congratulations Mellissa.

Adobe Workshop Sunday, May 7 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Opening Keynote Sunday, May 7 • 5:30pm - 6:45pm Seth Mattison

Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall Sunday, May 7 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Annual Business Meeting Monday, May 8 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm Our own James Bousquet will be installed as STC Treasurer at this meeting. Congratulations James!

Speed Networking Tuesday, May 9 • 11:30am - 12:15pm

Honors Reception Tuesday, May 9 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm

STC WDCB brings back the Rough Drafts Tuesday, May 9 • 7:00pm - 9:00 pm

Closing General Session: Fix My App Wednesday, May 10 • 11:15am - 12:30pm Lorelei Brown, Geoffrey Robertson, Vera Rhoads