Crista Mohammed Receives STC Distinguished SIG Service Award

We are proud to announce that our SIG Newsletter manager, Crista Mohammed, has received the STC Distinguished SIG Service Award (DSSA). The DSSA, Distinguished Chapter Service Awards, and Distinguished Community Service for Students Awards are given annually by STC to members who have offered extensive service and exemplary commitment to their communities. Each community nominates one or more of its members for an award. The nominations are submitted to STC and evaluated, and nominee recommendations are presented to the STC board of directors for approval.

Crista took on the job of Managing Editor and revived the IDL SIG newsletter, “IDeaL: Design for Learning,” at a time when everything was changing. She learned WordPress from the ground up and managed the conversion from a PDF-by- email format to our new online newsblog. And she did it from Trinidad, where she has to stay up late at night to join SIG conference calls.

She continues to show a high level of professionalism and stamina when quarterly, she has to request articles from SIG members and leaders (which can be like pulling teeth!)

Crista's citation reads:

For your ingenuity and dedication in bringing the “IDeaL: Design for Learning” newsletter back to life in its online incarnation.

Our deepest thanks to Crista for her service to the IDL SIG -- and heartiest congratulations on your well-deserved DSSA award!

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