January 18, 2018 “Learning Styles and the Cancer Experience” webinar with Debbie Kerr

Join us for the “Learning Styles and the Cancer Experience” webinar with Debbie Kerr.

10:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Mountain / 12:30 pm Central / 1:30 pm Eastern

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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About the webinar

Although the majority of the population are visual learners, most details about a medical diagnosis or treatment are delivered verbally. To exacerbate the problem, the majority of the information being delivered consists of concepts and terminology. They are difficult for doctors to explain and even more difficult for patients to understand. Learn from a real-life cancer experience of how information was presented and what could have been done to make it easier to understand and remember. Find out what we can do as technical communicators to address different learning styles and an audience that is not clearly defined.

We will be recording the webinar, so feel free to enjoy the presentation knowing that you can see the recording at a later date.

Intended Audience

The content will be introductory (e.g., > “101 level”) and will also be valuable to practitioner level attendees.

About the Speaker: Debbie Kerr

Debbie Kerr has been a technical communicator for over 30 years, a breast cancer survivor for over five years, and a lifetime expert at making people laugh. In 2016, Debbie published, When Cancer Takes Flight, which teaches patients about the cancer journey using analogies and personal stories. As a Patient and Family Advisor for Cancer Care Ontario, Debbie provides her insights to assist with the development of educational material for cancer patients, care givers, and survivors.

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Spread the word that students can be published BEFORE they graduate!

Student Outreach Article Competition

Dear Professor/Instructor,

The Instructional Design & Learning (IDL) Special Interest Group of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) invites your graduate- and undergraduate-level students to become published before graduating. Here are the basics of the program:

  • Undergraduate- or graduate-level students submit an original article to us about some aspect of instructional design. If we choose to publish it in our newsletter, IDeaL: Design for Learning, the student receives a complimentary STC student membership, which includes a membership in the IDL Special Interest Group (SIG). (Students do not have to be enrolled in a program related to instructional design to submit an article.)
  • With the student’s permission, once we publish their article we will submit it to STC’s Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK). If the editors decide to include the student’s article in the TCBOK, he or she earns an additionalyear’s STC/IDL membership (or an equivalent award if they no longer qualify for student membership because they’ve graduated).
  • Once published, students can link to their article from their résumé and possibly on their LinkedIn profile page,ideally gaining an edge in becoming employed after graduation. See our Q1 2017 and Q2 2017 newsletters for examples of articles by students who have already taken advantage of this program.

A flier describing the program in more detail is on our website. It directs students to http://www.stcidlsig.org/students/youcanbepublished/ to get the entry packet for submitting an article. The packet contains Frequently Asked Questions, a list of suggested topics, contributor guidelines, and more.

Kindly do the following to inform your students of this offer:

  • Print the promotional flyer 2017-2018 and post it where students will see it.
  • Mention the opportunity when your class meets.
  • Forward this post to students.
  • Stress the deadline of December 10, 2017.

We hope your students will take advantage of this win-win opportunity to be published before graduating!


Student Outreach Committee


STC IDL SIG Student Outreach Program Overview Oct 20, 2016

December 7, 2017 “Learning Environment Modeling Language” webinar with Phylise Banner

Join us for “Learning Environment Modeling Language: The New Language of Learning Design” with Phylise Banner.

10:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Mountain / 12:30 pm Central / 1:30 pm Eastern

Thursday, December 7, 2017

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About the webinar

Creating a vision that is shared among designers, subject matter experts, clients, and leaders is one of the fundamental challenges that content professionals must overcome. In the learning design space, many project stakeholders lack the background knowledge, experiences, or "language" to relate their vision in ways that instructional designers can effectively implement.

In this session, Phylise will introduce an easy-to-use and powerful visual learning design method called Learning Environment Modeling (LEM) — a unique visual language created to enhance communication and foster collaboration between instructional design professionals and diverse stakeholders.

During the session, you will learn how to visually communicate the correlation of specific design elements to learning results and use Learning Environment Modeling (LEM) to collaborate effectively with blended learning project teams. Phylise will talk about how to facilitate more effective communication throughout the design process, and how to use a learning environment design system and tools to remove or reduce ego-centric behaviors and attitudes during the design process.

Join us as we explore how LEM can support creative learning experience design and remove barriers to communication throughout the learning design process.

We will be recording the webinar, so feel free to enjoy the presentation knowing that you can see the recording at a later date.

Intended Audience

Instructional designers at the practitioner level, academics, students, and explorers.

About the Speaker: Phylise Banner

Phylise Banner is a learning experience designer with over 25 years of vision, action, and leadership experience in transformational teaching and learning approaches within academia and industry. A pioneer in online learning, she regularly seeks out and embraces opportunities to experiment with emerging pedagogies and technologies in order to best serve learners, and to create vibrant and engaged communities of practice. She is an Adobe Education Leader, STC Fellow, performance storyteller, avid angler, aviation enthusiast, and currently training to be a private pilot. She is also the proud owner of a 1967 Amphicar. Find out more at http://www.phylisebanner.com/

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