September 21, 2017 “Create Presentation Handouts That People Will Actually Use” webinar with Chuck Campbell

Join us for the “Create Presentation Handouts That People Will Actually Use” webinar with Chuck Campbell.

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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About the webinar

At some point in your career, you may be required to give a presentation to a live audience. Whether your presentation includes visual slides such as PowerPoint or not, you might want to provide printed handouts to your audience.

In this presentation, I will discuss suggested “best practices” for handouts from presentation experts, then introduce a new approach to creating printed handouts that will engage the audience in your presentation and provide handouts that they will actually use.

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

Those who create and deliver presentations to live audiences and need to provide handouts

The content will be introductory (e.g., > “101 level”)

About the Speaker: Chuck Campbell

Chuck has created and delivered numerous technical presentations over the past 25 years to small and large clients, including the U.S. Navy, United States Postal Service, FedEx Express, Cargill, U.S. Department of Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Norwich Pharmaceuticals, and the New York Power Authority.

Chuck’s passion is learning and mastering new technologies, then teaching those technologies to others. He is always looking for new ways to engage learners, including eLearning, gamification, and other training methods and technologies.

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August 16, 2017 “Digital Citizenship in an Online World” webinar with Phil Havlik

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Join us for the “Digital Citizenship in an Online World” webinar with Phil Havlik.

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

About the webinar

We’re all citizens of our country, state, and city. Beyond those borders, we are all digital citizens of the web. The posts, tweets, and other communications you create, the websites you visit, purchases you make online, and the security measures you use to secure it all together represent you as a digital citizen. Every user of the Internet leaves behind some type of a permanent presence or a digital footprint that cannot be undone. In some cases, you may not even be in control of the digital footprint the world sees.

This presentation will cover some of the basic, but critical responsibilities necessary to be an informed and responsible digital citizen so that you leave the digital footprint you want.

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

All Audiences. The content will be introductory (e.g., > “101 level”)

About the Speaker: Phil Havlik

Phil Havlik

Phil created from scratch, and manages the Learning Center for PolicyStat, a cloud based Policy Management Software as a Service (SaaS) company. His background includes over 16 years of classroom and online instruction and eLearning.

Phil’s greatest enjoyment comes from working with learners of all levels to help them learn and understand through whatever medium works for them. Nothing beats being a part of the "Aha!" moments when the dots finally connect for the learners and the plan comes together.

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The Newsletter Q2 2017 IDeaL: Design for Learning

From the Editor

By Crista Mohammed

Hello, Readers! Super happy to be delivering our Q2 2017 newsletter. As you know, this is post-Summit. As with all successful conferences, attendees leave re-charged and rearing to go. This positive energy radiates in most of what you will read in this issue, as our contributors are eager to share their summit lessons and experiences.

But, before we get there I must share our good news: We are continuing to reap the rewards of our student outreach competition. In this issue, we share two student essays earning the judges’ nod.

  • Whitney Lewis, reading for a Master's in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, explores the value of rapid prototyping in the instructional design process. Read Rapid Prototyping.
  • Viqui Dill, in her co-manager's column, reflects on Summit 2017. She records the achievements of the IDL SIG over the past year and, waxing warm and grateful like only Viqui could, she thanks those who volunteer for the SIG. Read more.
  • Marcia Shannon uses her Secretary's Column to share her Summit 2017 experience. She focusses on how the Summit is helping in her re-visioning of her career. Read More.


  • Jamye Sagan reviews eight summit sessions for us, touching on sessions ranging from how to complement written work with video to tips for professional success. Presenting cliff notes of topical sessions, Jamye gives us many great take aways: Useful to those who want to recall the session and particularly useful to those who could not be there. Read more.


  • Sylvia Miller presents a very careful account of a summit session on Responsive Design. Reviewing Dr. Lanier’s presentation, entitled ““How to Fix the Credibility Problem When Using Responsive Design”, Sylvia has extracted for us the characteristics of a credible website: Characteristics worth remembering as increasingly more content gets accessed from devices with vastly differing screen sizes. Read More.


  • Viqui Dill puts us in touch with what is happening. She reviews some sessions at the STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter Annual Regional Conference. Clearly, they had a blast while learning and sharing! Read more.

Finally, we salute and send out heartiest congratulations to:

  • IDL SIG colleagues who now serve on the STC Board. Read more.
  • The Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase. It’s their 10th Anniversary. Read more.


Read the full newsletter as pdf here: stc-idl-sig-Q2 2017_Newsletter


About IDeaL: Design for Learning

Co-manager’s report: Thank You Notes

By Viqui Dill

Hey everybody! We had a great quarter and fantastic Summit 2017. I want to take a minute to say woo hoo and thank you (rhyme intended!).

We climbed the #STC17 Summit!

We attended the STC Summit ( at the National Harbor near Washington, DC. There are lots of great photos online. I shared a few of our highlight moments in a post on our website: “We had a blast at #STC17” . There are hundreds of photos on the STC Office Flickr site And, you can read more Summit highlights and reflections in the STC Notebook blog .

At the Summit, we had our annual business meeting. You can download our presentation from our website: .

We earned two awards at the Summit. We received a 2017 Platinum Community Award. Read the official citation on our website .  We also received a 2017 Pacesetter Community Award for our innovative student article competition. Read the official citation and see a photo of us accepting the award at .

Another award to celebrate is the Distinguished SIG Service Award earned by our own Crista Mohammed. Read the official citation and a few glowing words about Crista on our website .

Thank You

I want to thank a few special members personally for their continued support and contributions to the SIG. The 2017 awards show just how strong we are and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Dear Mellissa Ruryk and Robert Hershenow,

Thank you so much for your leadership in 2015 and 2016. During your time, we earned the Platinum and Gold SIG awards! You energized and challenged us into becoming the biggest and most active SIG in STC.

Robert, your webinars about audio and PowerPoint are among our most watched and best loved. We look forward to more great sessions from you in the future.

Mellissa, your webinar about Word™ and your hilarious Speak Easy lightning talk were informative and engaging. And we are so happy that you’ll be continuing to travel along this road with us as our new treasurer!

You both showed us how it’s done and led the SIG to great success.

Dear Jim Bousquet,

Thank you so much for your service as our SIG treasurer. You kept us straight and afloat, and were often the voice of reason in our community decisions. We are so proud of you, as you take up your new role as STC Treasurer . Please do stick around to continue to advise and guide us in the coming year.

Dear Maralee Sautter,

Thank you so much for stepping up as our new webmaster. We are so glad you’re back on the SIG leadership team. Your combination of technical savvy and institutional knowledge are such a gift to us.

Dear Phil Havlik,

Thank you so much for stepping up as our new content curator. This is a new position for us and one that is very valuable to the Society and to the profession of technical communication. We admire your initiative in joining our group and coming forward to volunteer. We look forward to working together to strengthen the Technical Communication Body of Knowledge This is a test pilot role and you’ve got the right stuff!

Dear Sylvia Miller,

Thank you so much for supporting our student outreach program. You helped develop and organize the program, then went way over the top to star in not just one but two live Q&A webinars. Way to get the word out to our SIG, to the academic community, and to all of STC!

Dear Crista Mohammed,

Thank you so much for shepherding our newsletter for another year.

We are proud of the work you’ve done and delighted that you earned the Distinguished SIG Service Award . Having you on the leadership team gives us an international perspective and we appreciate your willingness to put up with the technical challenge of having to speak by text.

Dear Jamye Sagan,

Thank you so much for wearing many hats as you support our SIG. Your continued faithful managing of our social media channels keeps us all connected online by:

Your demographic and other surveys help us stay in touch with the needs of our members. And your webinars , virtual open houses, and lightning talks are the bomb.

Dear Sara Buchanan,

Thank you so much for your faithful service as our membership manager. Your superpowers of attention to detail and warm heart for greeting and welcoming new members are such a blessing to our SIG. And thank you for connecting us to the NEO STC chapter and bringing the “Spotlight” series to our newsletter .

Dear Marcia Shannon,

Thank you so much for being our secretary and keeping this crazy group organized. You do so much more than just take our meeting minutes. I really appreciate how you take initiative to document and archive the random comings and goings of our SIG.

Dear Beth Bailey,

Thank you so much for working behind the scenes to keep our discussion lists alive. We don’t say thank you often enough for managing this valuable service and helping us all to stay connected.

Dear Scott McCoy,

Thank you so much for another year of leading our mentoring program . Your support helps us ensure the future of technical communication.

Dear Preeti Mathur,

Thank you so much for championing our training material evaluations program . We appreciate this free benefit to members and we appreciate you for managing the program.

Dear Summit meeting attendees,

Thank you so much for supporting the SIG by coming to our meeting at the Summit . We were thrilled to see face to face Maralee Sautter, Jessica Surdin, Kelly Schrank, Patty Viajar, Phil Havlik, Chuck Campbell, Mandy Wright, Mary Ollinger, Cindy Pao, Jamye Sagan, Jim Bousquet, Lori Meyer, Marcia Shannon, Mellissa Ruryk, Sylvia Miller, and Li-At Rathbun. We look forward to sharing this journey so that we can all grow and support each other in the field of instructional design and learning.

And finally,

Dearest Lori Meyer,

Thank you so much for being our co-manager. I am thrilled to be connected with you and learning from you about nurturing and growing our community. Your strong leadership, patient mentoring, and organization amaze and inspire me. Thank you for taking up the mantle by chairing and running our annual meeting at the Summit so that I could rush off to sound check the Rough Drafts. I look forward to our journey together and to learning from your superpowers for many years to come. Love you!

More great stuff to come

More great stuff is coming up. Stick with us in 2017 as we live out our SIG mission .