February 16, 2017 “Test then Tell in eLearning” webinar with Mary Whalen (Sojoodi)

Join us for the “Test then Tell in eLearning” webinar with Mary Whalen (Sojoodi).

Update: The event recording is available free at Free recordings of IDL SIG webinars for members (requires password. Contact programs@nullstcidlsig.org if you did not yet receive your password.) 10:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Mountain / 12:30 pm Central / 1:30 pm Eastern Thursday, February 16, 2017

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About the webinar

Mary explores Test Then Tell, an approach to structuring asynchronous e-Learning courses. Mary will give an overview of the approach, show course examples where Test Then Tell is used, compare Test Then Tell to the more traditional Tell Then Test approach, and discuss the development process for creating Test Then Tell courses. 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. You will receive an email prior to the webinar with instructions about logging in.

Intended Audience

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

About the Speaker: Mary Whalen (Sojoodi)

Mary Whalen (Sojoodi) For over 20 years, Mary has been helping companies use training and documentation solutions to improve employee performance, increase customer satisfaction, and ensure regulatory compliance. Mary has designed and developed live and online training programs, technical and user manuals, and online help for a wide range of companies in various industries, from start-ups to Fortune 500 clients. Mary has taught through the Society for Technical Communication Institute at Northern Illinois University, and her work has received awards from the Society for Technical Communication.
Mary Whalen
Award Winning Instructional Designer & Technical Writer
Improving employee performance and customer satisfaction through documentation and training solutions.
eLearning | Online Training | Classroom Training | Train-the-Trainer | User Guides | Reference Guides | Policies & Procedures | Online Help

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November 16, 2016 “Get a Move On! Animation Techniques in PowerPoint” presented by Robert Hershenow

Join the IDL SIG online for "Get a Move On! Animation Techniques in PowerPoint" presented by Robert Hershenow.

10:30 AM Pacific / 11:30 AM Mountain / 12:30 PM Central / 1:30 PM Eastern

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

UPDATE: This webinar was a huge success! See the recording on our Free recordings of IDL SIG webinars for members page. (requires password. Contact programs@nullstcidlsig.org if you did not yet receive your password.) Register on Eventbrite eventbrite-142   The Society for Technical Communication’s Instructional Design & Learning special interest group (IDL SIG) invites you to an engaging webinar about our old friend PowerPoint, presented in a new way by Robert Hershenow. 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. You will receive an email prior to the webinar with instructions about logging in.

About the webinar

Get a Move On! Animation Techniques in PowerPoint Presented by Robert Hershenow

Have you ever wished your presentations could be more exciting? Software like PowerPoint and Keynote just keeps getting better. A big part of that is animation, which can help your presentations stand out (for better or for worse). Research has shown that we learn best through multisensory stimulation – ideally, narration and pictures together. Animating visual components can add interest, depth, and cognitive complexity, increasing audience engagement and long-term recall. On the other hand, when animation is poorly executed or overdone it can have the opposite effect. In this webinar you’ll learn how and when to use different types of animation and how to fine-tune each one to best advantage. You’ll get plenty of tips on:
  • Optimizing timing
  • Creating cinematic effects
  • Animating text, pictures, and shapes
  • Best practices for slide transitions
  • Using events to trigger animations
  • Building custom animations
Plus, we’ll look at some of PowerPoint’s exciting new features and discuss how to avoid common problems. (Note that while demonstrations will be in PowerPoint, the concepts they illustrate will apply to any presentation software.) Join this webinar and discover new ways to make your presentations pop! 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. You will receive an email prior to the webinar with instructions about logging in.

About the speaker

Robert Hershenow is a technical communications professional with more than twenty years of experience as a writer, trainer, manager, and consultant. Currently Co-Manager of the STC Instructional Design and Learning SIG, Robert lives and works in Berkeley, California. Register on Eventbrite eventbrite-142  

October 20, 2016 Student Outreach Article Competition Q&A with Sylvia Miller

Join the IDL SIG online for the Student Outreach Article Competition Q&A with Sylvia Miller.

11:00 am Pacific / 12:00 noon Mountain / 1:00 pm Central / 2:00 pm Eastern

Thursday, October 20, 2016

UPDATE:  An overview of the program is available as a webinar! See the recording and slides here. Register on Eventbrite eventbrite-142 The Society for Technical Communication’s Instructional Design & Learning special interest group (IDL SIG) invites undergraduate- and graduate-level students to submit an article related to instructional design for publication in our quarterly newsletter, IDeaL: Design for Learning. Besides having your article published in a professional publication read by hundreds of practicing instructional designers, you will receive a one-year complimentary STC student membership, which includes a membership in the IDL SIG. 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.

About the Audience

Students, instructors, professors, and all academic staff in instructional design-related fields are encouraged to attend. The webinar is open and free to STC members and non-members. Mentors, friends, and curious bystanders are also invited to attend.

About the Webinar and Speaker

This webinar will discuss how the program works and answer any questions you may have. Sylvia Miller is coordinating the program. She will give us the straight story and get you excited about participating. Read more about the program on our website. We are using Adobe Connect to host the webinar. If you register, you will receive an email with log in instructions. http://stc.adobeconnect.com/idl/ Register on Eventbrite eventbrite-142 UPDATE:  An overview of the program is available as a webinar! See the recording and slides here.

The race is on! Help our SIG get rewarded from new memberships and renewals

Do you know someone who might be interested in joining STC? There's no better time to join STC and our SIG, or renew STC membership!   The STC new/renewed member recruitment race is now on, and goes through and  May 6, 2016. Communities receive credit when someone joins or renews online and notes the community that referred them. Here's how it works: When recruiting a member, have them include the name of your chapter or SIG on the online application -- in our case, the IDL SIG. The referral field is found under the Membership tab. Your community must be listed on the application to receive credit.
  • One point is awarded for each member in any of these four categories: Classic, New TC Professional, Student, or Gold Value Package.
  • Corporate Value Package (CVP) members are worth one point for each team member. For example, if five new members join or renew from one company as a CVP, your community receives five points.
The winning community will receive:
  • One upgrade from 2016 Classic to Gold Value Package membership
  • 50% off one 2016 online course
  • A copy of WordPress in Depth (1st Edition) by Michael McCallister
  • One free 2016 print subscription to Intercom magazine
  • One free 2016 print subscription to Technical Communication journal
  • Two complete Salary Database kits (including the Excel workbooks)
  • Two $50 Amazon gift cards
  • One “Community Spotlight” post on STC’s Notebook blog
To receive referral credit, be sure to remind new and renewing members to list the IDL SIG in the referral field. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Cheryl Miller, STC Membership Services manager, or call the STC Office at +1 (571) 366-1914.

New Assistant Co-Managers Announced!

Congratulations to our new STC Instructional Design and Learning SIG Assistant Co-Managers, Viqui Dill and Lori Meyer! Here are the election results: 34 IDL SIG members took part in the elections – about 5% of our member base. Viqui Dill For: 97.06% (33 votes) Against: 2.94% (1 vote) 34 votes total Lori Meyer For: 96.97% (32 votes) Against: 3.03% (1 vote) Skipped: 1   33 votes total   In 2017, Viqui and Lori will transition in as co-managers of the SIG.  Thanks to all who voted.     Robert Hershenow and Mellissa Ruryk Co-Managers, IDL SIG