Webinar Season Is Underway!

By Viqui Dill, proud IDL Programs volunteer

The 2018-2019 season of webinars is up and running. As you know, our IDL SIG produces educational webinars that are free to members as a benefit of membership. Students and academics also attend for free.

Check out the lineup we have in store.

  • Aug. 13 Lights, Camera, Action! Exploring Video Basics for Non-Production Professionals by Darcy Beery & Stacy Barton

Find out more about the topic and the speaker, and sign up on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lights-camera-action-with-darcy-beery-and-stacy-barton-tickets-48218082583

  • Sep. 13 Technological Adaptability: Formalizing a Vital Skill by Melonie McMichael

Find out more about the topic and the speaker, and sign up on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/technological-adaptability-formalizing-a-vital-skill-webinar-with-melonie-mcmichael-tickets-47898380345

  • Oct. 11 Can You Hear Me Now? Podcasting as a Teaching Tool by Jennifer Goode

Find out more about the topic and the speaker, and sign up on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/can-you-hear-me-now-podcasting-as-a-teaching-tool-webinar-with-jennifer-goode-tickets-48312478925

  • Nov. 14 Saying, “Yes, and…?” to Leadership Opportunities by Ben Woelk

Find out more about the topic and the speaker, and sign up on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saying-yes-and-to-leadership-opportunities-webinar-with-ben-woelk-tickets-47930022989

  • Dec. 6 Teaching Technical Writing to Engineers —What Works? by Noel Atzmiller

Find out more about the topic and the speaker, and sign up on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teaching-technical-writing-to-engineers-webinar-with-noel-atzmiller-tickets-48773716499

Do you have an idea?

We are always looking for speakers and ideas for topics. If you would like to speak, know of a good speaker, or have an idea for a good webinar topic, contact me directly at programs@nullstcidlsig.org. We would love to make you a star!

Upcoming Events

You can see the full list of upcoming events on our Facebook events page and can register there using Eventbrite for easy ticketing. Check it out https://www.facebook.com/pg/STCIDLSIG/events

Past Events

See our library of past events on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW68UREs2Cxs6KJUM7nZdtA/videos

And find the complete library of videos, slide decks, and handouts on our website http://www.stcidlsig.org/membership/webinars/free-recordings-of-idl-sig-webinars-for-members/

Li-At Rathbun Feels Our Pain at #STC18

By Viqui Dill, IDL SIG co-manager and proud member of the Technical Editing SIG  

Watching Li-At Rathbun work a room is a joy. That’s why I knew that her presentation, “We Stoop to Conqquer: Adjusting to Mediocrity,” would be a must-see for me at the 2018 STC Summit. Once again, she did not disappoint.

Rathbun’s presentation was about technical editing. But the principles could be applied to any type of project management. Technical writers in every specialty have to make decisions about how to balance the sides of the scope/schedule/cost triangle. Excellence is often given a lower priority due to resource and schedule constraints. In this session, she addressed two important questions: “When our boss or client says ‘good enough’ work is good enough, shouldn’t it be good enough?” and “Why is it a struggle to produce mediocre work when that’s what the customer wants?”

Li-At Rathbun puts her own spin on the project constraints triangle: fast, accurate, accessible.
Li-At Rathbun puts her own spin on the project constraints triangle: fast, accurate, accessible.

https://twitter.com/viqui_dill/status/999297236256329733

Rathbun reinforced the project constraints triangle that managers often use to make choices between the competing demands for quality, scope, and cost. Creating a safe space for open discussion, Rathbun devised a “cone of silence” and even gave us our choice of male, female, or gender-nonspecific anonymous names. Let the healing begin.

Attendees began sharing their painful stories about projects for which they had to let go of quality for the sake of a deadline. We heard real stories from frustrated editors, writers, and managers. I can’t disclose specifics, of course, but I can reassure you that if you’ve ever been asked to hurry up and not be so picky, you’re not alone. Also, lots of SMEs think that good writing is easy. Hilarious.  

Rathbun has the gift of engaging an audience and drawing them out. When writers or editors asked a difficult question, she turned to the managers in the crowd for an answer. She kept the conversation going and reassured attendees that the struggle is real. She also encouraged us to share our coping strategies, keeping the discussion upbeat.

I left the presentation feeling energized and affirmed. I am not alone in having to balance and let go. The room was full of fellow travelers who have to make hard choices. We accept mediocrity for the sake of cost and schedule. We live to write again on the next project.

My favorite take-away came from attendee Kathy Johnstone who advised that we keep three priorities in this order: get it done, get along, and get it right. Relationships and team morale are more important than perfectionism and will ensure that the next project goes smoothly. Sometimes we just have to let it go.

See the session details on CrowdCompass here

https://event.crowdcompass.com/stcsummit2018/activity/PPhBZgATpM

Wed, May 23rd, 10:10 AM, Li-At Rathbun introduces herself to the attendees at “We Stoop to Conqquer: Adjusting to Mediocrity.”
Wed, May 23rd, 10:10 AM, Li-At Rathbun introduces herself to the attendees at “We Stoop to Conqquer: Adjusting to Mediocrity.”

https://twitter.com/viqui_dill/status/999292851157635073

Virtual Open House

By Jamye Sagan

In November, the IDL SIG will host our sixth annual Virtual Open House.

As a virtual community with members spread out around the world, it can be challenging for us to cultivate a sense of community. The Virtual Open House enables current (and future) IDL SIG members to learn more about our community and the services we offer by attending the live event, or by viewing archived events via the student database. In addition, attendees get to meet members of the SIG leadership team and chat with fellow members.

Even if you cannot attend live, you can still join the party once we release the recording.

We will announce Virtual Open House dates and details as they become available.

Oct 18, 2018 Can You Hear Me Now? Podcasting as a Teaching Tool webinar with Jennifer Goode

Rescheduled


Rescheduled due to Hurricane Michael!

Join us for the Can You Hear Me Now? Podcasting as a Teaching Tool webinar with Jennifer Goode.

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

Thursday, October 18, 2018

About the webinar

Podcasting is one of the fastest growing areas of content production today. How can technical communication instructors capitalize on this rapidly expanding technology? This session will demonstrate how students can develop technical skills, increase content knowledge and understanding, and refine communication skills as they create podcasts for their course projects. It will also introduce the tools and technology necessary to set up your own course podcasting project. Finally, the session will share instructor and student reflections from a recent course that used podcasts as a major course project.

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: Jennifer Goode

Jennifer E. Goode, Ph.D., is an instructor in the Department of Technical Communication at Mercer University in Macon, GA. She is the founder and director of Mercer’s Distance and Online Teaching (DOT) Lab, a collaborative initiative to support faculty development needs in the area of online teaching and instructional design. Dr. Goode has previously served in corporate, government, and higher education organizations in the areas of computer-based training, online course administration, and content management.

Dr. Goode earned her Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Human Resource Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her B.S. in Technical Communication from Mercer University.

Nov 14, 2018 Saying, “Yes, and…?” to Leadership Opportunities webinar with Ben Woelk


Join us for the Saying, “Yes, and…?” to Leadership Opportunities webinar with Ben Woelk.

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

About the webinar

What If?

“Yes, and…?” is the hallmark of improv comedy. It’s also key to our growth as leaders. What if we said, “Yes, and…?” when approached about taking a leadership role in an organization?

For many of us, our first reaction to leadership requests are, “No, because…,” or perhaps, “There’s no way I can do that!” We live in an increasingly fast-paced culture with many opportunities on which to spend our time. Many of us can be quite guarded when considering external commitments. Sometimes being guarded is warranted because of our current level of obligations; sometimes we just have an automatic “No” response. We know what saying “no” provides us: security, peacefulness, free time, and a comfort zone.

Let’s look at what saying, “Yes, and…?” has done for me and what it may do for you.

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: Ben Woelk

BEN WOELK (ben.woelk@nullgmail.com), CISSP, CPTC, is Vice President of STC. A frequent conference presenter, Ben has received numerous Society and local awards, including the 2017 STC President’s Award. Ben’s 20+ years techcomm experience includes management, SW and HW documentation, ISO 9001 documentation, instructor-led and web-based training, end user communications, and policies and procedures. Find Ben on his website, Benwoelk.com, or on Twitter as @benwoelk.

Register on Eventbrite.