STC IDL SIG at the 2017 Summit

Join us at the #STC17 Summit!

Come by our booth at the welcome reception on Sunday night and get a sticker for your summit badge. Join us Tuesday midday for our annual business meeting. And if you see some of us walking around and hanging out, be sure to jump in and say hello.

This post will help you connect with our SIG at the Summit and highlights selected sessions about our field, by members, and other sessions of interest. For the complete schedule of events, see the Summit website at https://stcsummit2017.sched.com/

Annual IDL SIG Business Meeting Brown Bag

Our annual face-to-face business meeting will be on Tuesday, May 9th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in Annapolis 1 at the Gaylord Hotel.

Come by for a brown bag lunch and a chance to meet other instructional design and learning practitioners face to face. Pick up lunch at either the Harbor Marketplace or the The Cocoa Bean inside the Gaylord Hotel.

Join us! We will have prizes!

Sessions by IDL SIG members

Revive and Thrive: Strategies for the Introvert in Today’s Workplace Sunday, May 7 • 1:00pm - 4:30pm Ben Woelk http://sched.co/8tgG

A Laymen’s Crash Course on Analytics in Help Content Monday, May 8 • 10:10am - 11:00am Jenn Carlos http://sched.co/9lT6

On Track! Running an Effective Meeting is More Than the Agenda Monday, May 8 • 2:10pm - 3:00pm Viqui Dill http://sched.co/8thP

Productivity Hacks for Technical Communicators Tuesday, May 9 • 9:00am - 9:50am Kit Brown-Hoekstra http://sched.co/8tiO

We Stoop to Conquer: Adjusting to Mediocrity Tuesday, May 9 • 10:10am - 11:00am Li-At Rathbun http://sched.co/8tjS

Prototypes of Use: Adapting Content to the Usability Expectations of Different Contexts Tuesday, May 9 • 2:10pm - 3:00pm Kirk St.Amant http://sched.co/8tjY

My Android Dreams of Electric Cats – Are You Capturing Your User's Emotive Analytics? Tuesday, May 9 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm Allie Proff http://sched.co/8thV

Gamification of Instructional Design Tuesday, May 9 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm Phylise Banner http://sched.co/8ti6

Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Leadership Journey to the Emerald City Wednesday, May 10 • 9:00am - 9:50am Ben Woelk http://sched.co/8thY

Creating User Documentation in an Agile World Wednesday, May 10 • 10:10am - 11:00am Jane Wilson http://sched.co/8tjg

Sessions about IDL and related topics

Learning Styles and the Cancer Experience Monday, May 8 • 2:10pm - 3:00pm Debbie Kerr http://sched.co/8tjF

Video Provides the Edge Monday, May 8 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm Mark Kleinsmith http://sched.co/8tjG

Edits as ESL Teaching: Working with Multi-lingual Writers Tuesday, May 9 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm Jessica McCaughey http://sched.co/8tiK

Gamification of Instructional Design Tuesday, May 9 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm Phylise Banner http://sched.co/8ti6

Informal Get Togethers

Look for plans to get together informally for dinner or after dinner fun. The Gaylord Hotel has a rooftop lounge for hotel guests that is open late. We will gather in the evenings to wind down and connect there. https://www.nationalharbor.com/stores/pose-ultra-lounge/

Other sessions of interest

CPTC Foundation Exam Prep Class Saturday, May 6 • 8:30am - 4:30pm Chris Hester http://sched.co/9csg

CPTC Foundation Exam Prep Class: Day 2 Sunday, May 7 • 8:30am - 5:00pm Chris Hester http://sched.co/9csi

Leadership Program Sunday, May 7 • 8:00am - 12:00pm http://sched.co/9HbV Our own Mellissa Ruryk will be presenting about our Manager’s Handbook to all the STC community leaders in attendance. Congratulations Mellissa.

Adobe Workshop Sunday, May 7 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm http://sched.co/9RZq

Opening Keynote Sunday, May 7 • 5:30pm - 6:45pm Seth Mattison http://sched.co/9HbZ

Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall Sunday, May 7 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm http://sched.co/9Hba

Annual Business Meeting Monday, May 8 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm http://sched.co/9Hbh Our own James Bousquet will be installed as STC Treasurer at this meeting. Congratulations James!

Speed Networking Tuesday, May 9 • 11:30am - 12:15pm http://sched.co/9Q7Z

Honors Reception Tuesday, May 9 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm http://sched.co/9Hje

STC WDCB brings back the Rough Drafts Tuesday, May 9 • 7:00pm - 9:00 pm http://sched.co/AB7C

Closing General Session: Fix My App Wednesday, May 10 • 11:15am - 12:30pm Lorelei Brown, Geoffrey Robertson, Vera Rhoads http://sched.co/9Hjf

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.