IDL SIG Named a 2018 Platinum Community!

One again, our SIG has been named an STC Platinum Community! This award, the highest level in the STC Community Achievement Awards, recognizes our accomplishments and member services over the past year.

The citation on our certificate will read:

"For your dedication in promoting the technical communications profession by disseminating knowledge, sharing expertise, providing valuable programs, fostering leadership development and performing student outreach."

Our community will be recognized during the Leadership Program (on Sunday, May 20) at the 2018 Summit in Orlando, FL. At that time, we will receive our CAA certificate.

In addition, we encourage all our community members to attend the Honors Event (on Wednesday, May 23, at 11:15 am), as the Community of the Year and Most Improved Community will be announced during that time. There will be a photographer at both the Leadership Program and Honors Event; following the Honors Event will be the best time for a group picture.

Congratulations and many thanks to our SIG leaders, and to ALL members of the Instructional Design & Learning SIG!  This award belongs to all of you. We wouldn't have a SIG without you!

March 15, 2018 Data Analytics webinar with Ed Marsh

Join us for the Data Analytics webinar with Ed Marsh.

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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

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About the webinar

We're all looking for ways to improve the customer experience. A simple place to start is to use the various forms of data already generated by your content to guide your strategy and architecture. In this session, we’ll look at various sources of data - including your own Web server, Twitter, Facebook, Google analytics, and more - and see how they can improve your documentation and content strategy. We’ll also see how using support tickets can help you better tune-in to your users and create better content.

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: Ed Marsh

Ed Marsh has always been curious about technology. As a kid, he was the one who pushed buttons to see what happened. This led to some scolding, and an award-winning career as a technical writer and eLearning developer. Ed has learned the importance of breaking down silos, managing risk, and governance while working for a major financial firm in Jersey City, NJ.

In 2015, Ed created the Content Content podcast (http://edmarsh.com/podcast), interviewing technical communicators, content strategists, and other content professionals. He is experienced in, and passionate about, information architecture and content strategy. He is also the host of the LavaCon content strategy conference podcast (http://lavacon.org/blog).

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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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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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November 13, 2017 IDL SIG Virtual Open House

Join the IDL SIG online for our Virtual Open House!

4:30 pm Pacific / 5:30 pm Mountain / 6:30 pm Central / 7:30 pm Eastern

Monday, November 13, 2017

 

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As a virtual community, with all of our members scattered across the globe, we do not have the same opportunities as geographically-based communities to meet up face-to-face. Since 2013, we have hosted the IDL SIG Virtual Open House (VOH) so that new and prospective IDL SIG members could learn more about our community’s mission and goals, learn more about member benefits, and meet some of our leaders and volunteers.

During our VOH, participants have always had the opportunity to ask questions about the SIG and what we offer.

Virtual Party, too!

We’d like to combine our VOH with a virtual party (VP), where we would encourage all attendees to share a photo or story. The VP (not be confused with Vice President!) we hope will add a very human, personal side to our VOH. Hey, it is all about making real, enduring connections!

About the webinar

The webinar will be recorded so feel free to watch with us online and then rewatch at your leisure. No need to take notes. If you cannot attend, sign up anyway so that you will get a link to the recording.

See the 2016 VOH recording on YouTube.

See the 2015 VOH recording on YouTube.

See the 2014 VOH recording on Adobe Connect.

 

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IDL SIG Virtual Open House November 16, 2016

IDL SIG Open House Nov 10, 2015