Co-Manager nominations open

Hello IDL SIG members This is the first of several announcements coming your way as we prepare to apply for a Community Achievement Award for our SIG activities in 2015. Your current managers, Mellissa Ruryk (me) and Robert Hershenow, have been a little slow in cranking up the engine on this process (our bad). So there will be a flurry of activity before the end of the year and your help will be most appreciated! One process we are behind on is finding replacements for ourselves. Robert's and my term goes until the end of 2016 so we are really calling for nominations for Assistant co-managers. Incumbents would have a very soft entry to the position by understudying us for all of 2016 before stepping into the role proper in 2017. Please think about whether you could serve the Society and the IDL SIG in this manner, and enjoy the professional growth that comes with holding this office. It would be most helpful if you had prior leadership experience at the chapter level or in another organization. It is a definite asset if you are a jack of all trades, have a can-do attitude, enjoy interacting with people (at least some of the time), can motivate others and know how to have a real, soul-clearing belly laugh once in a while. All the better if you're laughing at yourself! There is (or will be, by the end of this month) a complete co-manager's manual that will explain all the inner workings of the community, including an annual calendar to keep you organized, motivated and productive throughout the Society's year. Our SIG has a healthy reserve and plenty of great traditions to follow to ensure our continued good health, with lots of room to create new ways of doing things that fulfill our mission: To help STC members identify and develop knowledge and practical skills for designing, developing, and implementing technical instruction in electronic and traditional classroom settings. The SIG strives to promote sound design practices and provide information and education about instructional theory and research. Watch for another notice soon with the nomination and election process timing. Best regards, Mellissa and Robert

November 10, 2015: 3rd Annual STC IDL SIG Virtual Open House

6:00 pm Pacific / 7:00 pm Mountain / 8:00 pm Central / 9:00 pm Eastern Tusday, November 10, 2015 The meeting was recorded so you can review it again or perhaps see the open house for the very first time. Here is a link to the recording: http://stc.adobeconnect.com/p4wxu8slitf/ Technical communicators near and far: Join us on November 10, when the welcome mat will be out for our third annual IDL SIG Virtual Open House! Drop in to find out what we're all about, "meet" our SIG leaders and volunteers, and hear about the many opportunities to be involved with our vibrant, award-winning STC community. All technical communicators are welcome; you do not have to be an STC member to attend. Watch this space for registration information, coming soon. We look forward to your visit! Register on Eventbrite and plan to join us on November 10th. eventbrite-142

November 10, 2015: Save the date! Next IDL SIG Virtual Open House

6:00 pm Pacific / 7:00 pm Mountain / 8:00 pm Central / 9:00 pm Eastern Tusday, November 10, 2015 Here is a link to the recording: http://stc.adobeconnect.com/p4wxu8slitf/ Technical communicators near and far: Save the evening of November 10, when the welcome mat will be out for our third annual IDL SIG Virtual Open House! Drop in to find out what we're all about, "meet" our SIG leaders and volunteers, and hear about the many opportunities to be involved with our vibrant, award-winning STC community. All technical communicators are welcome; you do not have to be an STC member to attend. Watch this space for registration information, coming soon. We look forward to your visit! Register on Eventbrite and plan to join us on November 10th. eventbrite-142

2014-2015 IDL Scholarships Awards Announced

IDL SIG’s 2014-2015 Scholarship Winners

The IDL SIG awards scholarships each year to assist students who are pursuing a graduate degree  in a field related to Instructional Design. Students applying for this scholarship are expected to be able to demonstrate their focus on topics related to Instructional Design through their academic studies, current jobs, and graduate or special projects. The Scholarship Committee recently evaluated several applicants’ academic records and potential for contributing to the Instructional Design profession, and selected two deserving winners:
  • Elizabeth J. Allen, who is enrolled in a Master’s degree in the Instructional Design program of the Learning Technologies Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Kyung Kim, who is pursuing a PhD in the Learning, Design, and Technology program in the Learning and Performance Systems Department of Pennsylvania State University.
Elizabeth’s background is in business and higher education. Her passion is to understand adult cognition and how modern technological tools can support deep learning. As Program Director of Literacy NJ, Gloucester County, Elizabeth uses instructional design to study and enhance our adult literacy student curricula and digital tools in an effort to address the workforce development and literacy needs of the region. Kyung’s background has covered being a high school teacher, an educational technology journalist, and an instructional designer in Korea. He also worked as a researcher at the Global Teacher’s Institution. In America, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award from the Northwestern State University. His goal is to make education possible, available, and better for all learners through the design of effective learning environments and technology. Congratulations to both winners, and thank you to the other applicants for your efforts. All of the submissions were fascinating to read and judging was challenging. Watch for an article by each winner in an upcoming issue of IDeaL, the IDL-SIG award-winning newsletter. Also, please bookmark this page, watch for announcements, and return here early in 2016 when the 2016 scholarship competition will re-open. Application forms and other documentation requirements will be posted then. In the meantime, please read our Scholarship FAQs.