#STC19 IDL Summit Sessions

Compiled by Viqui Dill, programs manager for the STC IDL SIG

Going to the Summit? Wondering what to see and do? Let us help you out!

Here is a list of sessions that may be of interest, chosen because the session is about instructional design and learning, presented by a SIG member, or of general interest to technical communicators. See the complete list of sessions on the Summit website.

First of all, we’re having our annual business meeting, with lunch and networking again.

IDL SIG Honest-to-Goodness Face-to-Face Business Meeting & Lunch Buffet 2019

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM MDT

Register on Eventbrite before May 5.

CPTC Preparation Training Course with Exam

Alan Houser & Jamie Gillenwater, IDL SIG members

Saturday, 4 May | 8:30 AM-4:30 PM | Quartz AB

Sunday, 5 May | 8:30 AM-5:00 PM | Quartz AB

Leadership Program

Sunday, 5 May | 8:00 AM-Noon | Mineral FG

Information Design Essentials

Saul Carliner

8:00 AM-Noon | Granite C

Opening General Session, Welcome Reception, and Expo Hall Open

Sunday, 5 May | 5:00-7:30 PM | Centennial Ballroom

Mastering Your Website 101

Timothy Esposito, IDL SIG member

Monday, 6 May | 8:00-8:45 AM

Leadership Opportunities Are Closer Than They Appear

Sara Feldman and Ben Woelk, IDL SIG member

Monday, 6 May | 8:00-8:45 AM

Meet the Editors

Andrea Ames and Sam Dragga

Monday, 6 May | 9:00-9:45 AM

More Lessons Learned: What Harry Potter Professors Teach Us About Instructional Design

Jamye Sagan, IDL SIG member

Monday, 6 May | 9:00-9:45 AM

xAPI: Geek Free Introduction for Instructional Designers

Megan Torrance

Monday, 6 May | 2:00-2:45 PM

Annual Business Meeting

Monday, 6 May | 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Centennial Ballroom

The Human Touch: Bringing Instructor Presence into eLearning Environments

Julia Cho

Tuesday, 7 May | 8:00-8:45 AM

eLearning: Creating Virtual Reality Projects with Adobe Captivate

Kevin Siegel

Tuesday, 7 May | 9:00-9:45 AM

#PowerOfStory - The Cultural Program that Got Me Clicks

Viqui Dill, IDL SIG member

Tuesday, 7 May | 9:00-9:45 AM

A Tale of Two Podcasts: From Concept to Reality

Allie Proff and Ben Woelk, IDL SIG member

Tuesday, 7 May | 10:00-11:00 AM

Topic-Based Authoring for Training

Sandra Wheeler

Tuesday, 7 May | 10:00-11:00 AM

Innovations in Tech Comm Curricula for College Programs

Russel Hirst, Craig Baehr, and Beth Agnew, IDL SIG member

Tuesday, 7 May | 10:00-11:00 AM

Engineering Better Training Experiences through Innovative Presentation Techniques and Technologies

Chuck Campbell, IDL SIG member

Tuesday, 7 May | 1:00-1:45 PM

Just-In-Time (JIT) Training

Aaron Murray

Tuesday, 7 May | 2:00-2:45 PM

Content in the Age of Machines: Incorporating Controlled Language into Your Content Strategy

Kit Brown-Hoekstra, IDL SIG member

Tuesday, 7 May | 4:00-4:45 PM

Honors Reception

Tuesday, 7 May | 5:15-6:45 PM | Centennial Ballroom

Education Plenary Session

Saul Carliner, Ginny Reddish, and Karen Schriver

Wednesday, 8 May | 8:00-11:00 AM | Centennial A-C

See you at the Summit?

gijdgihaWhere to find your IDL SIG colleagues at the #STC16 Summit (pdf) Hello, I am happy to communicate with you ahead of the STC 2016 Summit next month, where I hope Robert Hershenow and I can meet you in person (if we haven’t before). We are the co-managers of the Instructional Design and Learning SIG, and sometimes it’s lonely volunteering for a virtual community such as the SIG. We do have this one opportunity each year to meet our members and we really look forward to it. Attend our IDL SIG Business Breakfast on Wednesday, May 18th at 7 am Pacific in the Marquis Ballroom of the Anaheim Marriott. Join us for breakfast and an entertaining, informative State-of-the-SIG discussion! Open to all IDL SIG members. Wear your Disney swag to be eligible for door prizes. Here is a quick overview of where you can find us, how you will recognize us, and ways to network with us – and each other, of course. 2016 Summit Email to Members You know, if you haven’t registered for the Summit yet… there is still time. They are taking registrations up until May 15th. Register at summit.stc.org right now: it’s not too late! Thank you.MellissaRuryk300 Mellissa Ruryk  IDL SIG co-manager PS:  If you are a student IDL SIG member and you are participating in any of the Student activities or volunteering at the Summit, please send me an email at manager@nullstcidlsig.org.  

October 14, 2015 BPMN Basics: What You Need to Know for Your Content Strategy by Dr. Jackie Damrau

Join us for the “BPMN Basics: What You Need to Know for Your Content Strategy” webinar with Dr. Jackie Damrau. 10:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Mountain / 12:30 pm Central / 1:30 pm Eastern Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Register on Eventbrite.   eventbrite-142

About the webinar

It’s one thing to know content, it’s another to understand the business and how that content works within business processes. This session demonstrates how to model business processes, including documentation processes, using the BPMN 2.0 standard. Learning what a model, a process, and a process model are is critical to determining if a graphical model will represent your content better than traditional words. You’ll learn about different types of process models through a view into the world of graphically modeling your business process content.

Intended Audience

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

About the Speaker: Dr. Jackie Damrau

Dr. Jackie Damrau
Dr. Jackie Damrau
Dr. Jackie Damrau is a Sr. Business Systems Analyst at CBRE. In her role, Jackie models business processes and other department workgroup processes using BPMN modeling notation to use in gathering requirements for automating existing paper-based workflows as well as to help in improving processes. Jackie has more than 25 years of technical communication experience. She is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), member of the STC North Texas Lone Star chapter and the Instructional Design & Learning SIG, and the Book Review Editor for Technical Communication. Jackie’s past international positions have been as a SIG manager for the Instructional Design & Learning SIG; assistant SIG manager of the Management SIG; elected member of the Nominations Committee; and general manager of the STC International Summit Awards (2010–2012). Jackie enjoys spending time raising her grandkids and reading “books” when time permits. Find her on LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/jackiedamrau) or on Twitter (@damrauja). Register on Eventbrite.   eventbrite-142

Register for the Instructional Design Certificate Course by Saul Carliner

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN FOR TECHNICAL COMMUNICATORS Saul Carliner, PhD, CTDP, Associate Professor of Educational Technology, Concordia University (Montreal) and Author, "Training Design Basics" 28 July–18 August 2015 (Tuesdays) 11:00 AM–12:30 PM EDT (GMT-4) STC is offering an online Certificate course in Instructional Design, taught by Saul Carliner, PhD, CTDP. For more information or to register, go to the STC website at http://www.stc.org///education/online-education/certificate-courses/item/instructional-design-for-technical-communicators

Where to find your IDL SIG colleagues at the Summit (#STC15)

Update: See photos of us in the IDL SIG at #STC15 post. Also see 2015 Business Meeting Presentation slides. Read Where to find your IDL SIG colleagues at the 2015 Summit as a pdf. Here is a quick overview of where you can find us, how you will recognize us, and ways to network with us – and each other, of course. http://lanyrd.com/2015/stc15/

Registration Opens

9:00 AM–8:00 PM Regency Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Floor IDL-Sticker-2010First and foremost – when you pick up your packages at the Registration desk, look for the IDL SIG lightbulb stickers near the self-serve ribbons that you can attach to your name tag. Put a sticker in a prominent place on your name tag and then keep an eye out for your fellow members with the same sticker. In the Programs’ order, here is where you can find your fellow SIG members or one of the leadership team:

Leadership Program

Sunday, 21 June, from 8 AM to noon (free) Hayes, 1st Floor http://lanyrd.com/sdhxdz The program offers an opportunity for STC community members to get together for sharing and learning, and it won’t be the same without YOU. There are a number of reasons you’ll want to attend the Leadership Program.


The Leadership Program agenda has time set aside for one-on-one networking and ice-breaker activities. During the breakout sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to chat with your group about their superpowers and kryptonite. Come armed with a pile of business cards and swap contact information with the crew.


At the Leadership Program, you’ll pick up a pile of handouts and collect an assortment of Web links. Each of the presenters at the breakout sessions will bring their supporting material to share with attendees. The Community Affairs Committee (CAC) will give you a tour of our online resources, webinars, email lists, outreach team, and Body of Knowledge. Leave room in your suitcase for resources and swag.


Hearing your fellow professionals talk about the great things happening in their communities will inspire and energize you. You’ll be surrounded by some of the brightest and best innovators in the #TechComm profession. As we announce award winners, you’ll catch some of the excitement and pride of a job well done. Come out and celebrate the accomplishments of a great 2014-2015 with us as we gear up for more success in 2016.

Welcome Reception

Sunday, 21 June 7:00–8:30 PM Battelle South, 3rd Floor Expo Hall Open http://lanyrd.com/sdkkhy

Education sessions

Monday Watch for these IDL members who are presenting today:
  • BPMN Basics: What You Need to Know for Your Content Strategy Monday, 22 June at 3:45-4:30 PM Jackie Damrau http://lanyrd.com/sdhdkz

Speed Networking

Monday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Exhibit hall (Battelle South) (Pre-registration is required) http://lanyrd.com/sdkkkc This is event is open to Summit registrants and will be a great opportunity to meet other attendees early in the Summit program.

STC’s Annual Business Meeting

Monday 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Regency Ballroom, 3rd Floor http://lanyrd.com/sdkptr Watch Bernard Aschwanden become the newest President. Hear the plans for the coming year and see governance in action.

Take me out to the Ballgame!

Monday 7:00 PM (offsite) (Pre-registration and payment required) http://lanyrd.com/sdkptq

SIG Business Meeting

Tuesday 7:00 AM, Regency Ballroom Anyone staying at the Hyatt Columbus will receive a voucher for a continental breakfast. Bring your voucher down to the Regency Ballroom and join us for a breakfast meeting where we will fill you in on our plans for the upcoming year. This is also where we hold nominations for the elected positions of Secretary, Treasurer, and Co-Managers.(We have current volunteers in these positions but are looking for assistants who would step into the full role in January 2017.)You’ll know our table by the fact that we will be wearing our best Teddy Bear pajamas: I double dog dare you to wear yours too! We will also have a lightbulb and our new banner to make it easier to locate the right table. It’s pretty early in the morning after the baseball game Monday night, so we won’t be surprised by some bleary-eyed attendees. But come! We’re going to have a nice surprise for you.

Education sessions


Watch for these IDL members who are presenting today:
  • Personalized Dynamic Content Tuesday, 23 June at 1:00-1:45 PM John Daigle
  • Saying Thank You. Saying I’m Sorry. When TechComm Goes All Wrong Tuesday, 23 June at 3:45 PM (Lightning Talk) Viqui Dill http://lanyrd.com/sdkprd
  • Hypergraphics for Visual-First Help: SVG, CSS, JavaScript Tuesday, 23 June at 3:45-4:30 PM David Gardiner http://lanyrd.com/sdhdmb

Communities Reception

Tuesday 11:00 AM–12:30 PM Exhibit hall (Battelle South) http://lanyrd.com/sdkkkd This is the event where the SIGs have tables, and when we can meet attendees and encourage them to become a part of our SIG. But it’s also a great time to come and meet Robert and me, and other volunteers who will be hanging out at our community table. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the lightbulb on the table, and our brand new banner. This year, we also have a laminated map of where all the IDL members are located, world-wide: come and see if you can find yourself on the map!The Community of the Year and Most Improved Community are announced at the Communities Reception.

IDL Progression

Tuesday at 1:00 PM Regency Ballroom, 3rd Floor http://lanyrd.com/sdkptm David Dick, Viqui Dill, Robert Hershenow, and Kim Lindsey

Honors Reception

Tuesday 5:00–7:00 PM Regency Ballroom, 3rd Floor http://lanyrd.com/sdkptp The former Honors banquet has been reimagined in to a livelier reception format, scheduled to start after the education sessions end on Tuesday. The Honors Reception will feature appetizer stations and will celebrate this year's honorees, including Fellows, Associate Fellows, Jay Gould, Ken Rainey, and Frank Smith awards. Join your STC colleagues in networking with and congratulating these individuals.

Honors After-Party

Tuesday 8:00 PM Denmark on High – North Room (off-site) http://lanyrd.com/sdmtyk For those with stamina…

Education sessions

Wednesday Watch for these IDL members who are presenting today:
  • Appreciative Inquiry and the Art of Interviewing Wednesday, 24 June at 8:30-9:15 AM Kit Brown-Hoekstra http://lanyrd.com/sdhdth

The Training & Research Track

The Future of Technical Communication Programs: Data Points from the Field Tuesday, 23 June at 8:30–9:15 AM Lisa Meloncon Professional Certification Info Session for Aspiring CPTCs Tuesday, 23 June at 9:45–10:30 AM Craig Baehr, Ronn Faigen, Chris Lyons, and Liz Pohland (Mis)Communicating with Electronic Media Tuesday, 23 June at 2:15–3:00 PM Carolyn Boiarsky Moving Into Instructional Design—Basics for Technical Writers Tuesday, 23 June at 3:45–4:30 PM Stephen Van Esch Online Education: Where Benefits Outweigh the Challenges Wednesday, 24 June at 8:30–9:15 AM Linda Oestreich Technical Editing: Today's Competencies for Tomorrow's Editors Wednesday, 24 June at 9:45–10:30 AM Susan Lang and Laura Palmer   You know, if you haven’t registered for the Summit yet… there is still time. They are taking registrations up until June 15. Register at summit.stc.org right now: it’s not too late! PS: Although she is not presenting this year, IDL SIG member Jamie Gillenwater is the Track Manager for both the Leadership and Management, and Consulting & Small Business Management Tracks. Thanks for your hard work, Jamie! PPS: If you are a student IDL SIG member and you are participating in any of the Student activities or volunteering at the Summit, please send me an email at manager@nullstcidlsig.org.