There’s still time! Renew your STC and SIG membership today

Although the official STC member renewal period has expired, it's not too late to renew your membership for 2016! If you have not done so yet, you can renew today to reactivate your membership, and once again enjoy all of the benefits of being part of STC and our SIG, including
  • Discounts on many educational opportunities, such as webinars, courses, and our annual STC Summit conference.
  • Access to the STC salary database and "first look" access to the STC job bank.
  • Opportunities to network, build your skills, and grow professionally with colleagues both in person and virtually.
  • Opportunities to be recognized for your work through competitions, awards, and honors.
  • Mentoring and being mentored.
  • The right to vote in the annual STC election, which starts on February 29.
As an IDL SIG member, you can now attend our webinar programs FREE, on top of the many other benefits of being part of our community. To renew your STC and SIG membership for 2016, go to, select your membership type, complete the renewal form, and submit your payment. If you renew as a Gold member, your SIG membership is already included! If you renew as a Classic, Student, Retired, Corporate Value, or New Techcomm Professional member, be sure to select the IDL SIG as one of your communities. You can be a member of more than one chapter or SIG. Stay with us in 2016! Take a few moments now to renew your STC and SIG membership. We look forward to having you as a part of our community.

March 2, 2016 – STC Multi-Community Techcomm Showcase Round 2


The event recording is available free at  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 6:45 PM to 8:45 PM (EST)

Register on Eventbrite eventbrite-142   Join the IDL SIG, STC Twin Cities chapter, and Greater Pittsburg STC chapter for another Virtual Chapter Techcomm Showcase. This multi-community STC educational event is offered virtually to IDL SIG members. We encourage you to host a viewing party to provide opportunities for networking. Note that all times are Eastern Standard. Each hosting community is providing a speaker for the event who will provide a brief presentation and a question and answer period. About the programs and speakers 

STC Certification: Why, and Where are we Now? presented by Alan Houser

STC re-launched its certification program in 2016. Alan will discuss the design of the STC certification program, lessons learned from the original certification program, who might consider certification and why, and steps to become a Certified Professional Technical Communicator. Alan Houser is a technical publishing consultant and trainer with Group Wellesley, Inc., a Pittsburgh, PA-based company that provides authoring, content management, and workflow services to technology-oriented businesses. Alan is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned an MA in Professional Writing and a BS in Electrical Engineering. Alan is a Fellow, former member of the Board of Directors (2011-2014), and a past international President (2012-2013) of the Society for Technical Communication.

Audio Editing Tips: 3 Easy Steps to Improved Voice Recording presented by Robert Hershenow

Robert Hershenow's affinity for audio recording spans not only decades but also diverse technologies, and over the years he has developed efficient methods for producing high-quality recordings on the cheap. This session explores the editing steps that are critical to professional-sounding recordings. Examples will focus on voiceover and will use Audacity (the free, open-source audio recorder and editor), but the concepts are applicable to any recorded content and any editing software. Robert Hershenow is an independent technical communicator, recording engineer, and musician who has years of experience in sharing knowledge with others. He is Co-Manager of the STC's Instructional Design and Learning SIG and resides in Berkeley, California.

The Science and Psychology of Persuasion presented by Barbara Beresford

A successful technical communicator not only manages deadlines and deliverables, but also manages his or her influence with coworkers and superiors. If you have strong writing and editing skills, but are not as schooled in the soft skills needed to understand and positively influence the people with whom you work, attend this presentation on psychology and persuasion: Learn about recent research on the conscious/unconscious minds that affect our behavior and decision-making Identify how well people know themselves and what they want Learn to use this information to understand and influence others Barbara has been a technical writer and editor for 23 years, the last 12+ at MorphoTrust USA, Inc., where she writes user documentation for finger, face, and iris biometric technologies. Her minimalist writing style reflects her preferred approach to helping users quickly identify why a specific software system is used, what tasks are performed with the system, and how the tasks are successfully completed. She also advocates for the end user by working with developers to improve GUI design and usability. Outside of work, she enjoys the arts community in the twin cities, especially the theater, and plays the violin in a community orchestra. In the warmer months, she tends a large garden, featuring native plants and boulders. Register today and then join us online on March 2nd.  About the in-person meeting: (register on the Rochester STC chapter's site)
  • 6-7 PM Networking
  • 7-8:30 PM Presentations
  • 8:30 PM Wrap-up
Light refreshments will be provided. Rochester Location Barnes & Noble at RIT (upstairs in the community room) 100 Park Point Rochester NY 14623 Walk-ins are welcome.  

Instructional Designer job posting in Winchester VA

Apply on the American Woodmark jobs website

Instructional Designer

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Job Description
PURPOSE: To design and develop learning, practice and assessment materials for all areas of assigned responsibilities. The goal is to create effective and engaging learning materials that facilitate learners in acquiring the knowledge, skills and competencies that allow them to competently complete their work. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Create engaging learning activities and compelling course content that enhances competency and retention.
  • Use the ADDIE Method to design learning, practice and assessment materials for all areas of assigned responsibilities.
  • Works with subject matter experts to understand needed content and to identify target audience’s training needs.
  • State instructional end goals and create content that matches them.
  • Visualize instructional graphics, the user interface and the finished product.
  • Conduct instructional research and analysis on learners and content.
  • Apply tested instructional design theories, practices and methods.
  • Provide exercises and activities that enhance the learning process.
  • Create supporting material/media (audio, video, simulations, role plays, games, etc.)
  • Decide on the criteria used to judge a learner’s performance and develop assessment instruments.
  • Applies project management skills to ensure stakeholders are kept abreast of progress and ensures the timely completion of projects. Additionally, maintains project plans and documentation.
  • Structure and facilitate a materials review process to gain client buy in.
  • Research and recommend current software products that will enhance learning development.
  • Be a role model for our CITE principles and our Working in Teams principles.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This position typically does not have any supervisory responsibilities. QUALIFICATIONS:   (Education, Experience and Skills) To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required.                 Education, Experience and Skills
  • An undergraduate degree in instructional Design, educational design, educational technology or related field an advanced degree is a plus.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in instructional or educational design
  • In depth knowledge and experience applying adult learning theories in a business setting;
  • Successful track record of project management and team experience;
  • Knowledge of instructional technology tools such as Captivate
  • Demonstrated ability to create high quality, effective and innovative instructional materials.
  • Excellent personal computer skills to include a good, working knowledge of Microsoft Office – particularly Excel, Access, Word and PowerPoint.
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, statistical reports, and financial documents. Ability to listen and communicate effectively with customers/clients in an effort to carry out responsibilities or respond to common inquires. Ability to develop presentations to be delivered to groups of employees and management. Mathematical Skills: Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts like exponents, algebra, quadratic equations and basic logic functions such as if-then-else statements. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as statistical and financial math calculations, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis. Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions in written, mathematical or diagram form and develop a plan of action to follow those instructions. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.  Lifting requirements are typically less than 20 pounds on an infrequent basis. WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Typical office environment.  The noise level is usually moderate.  Work hours will generally range from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.  Occasional weekend work required.   25% travel is required for specialized training and for exposure to operations in the field.
Job Location
Winchester, Virginia, United States
Position Type

Preeti Mathur, Viqui Dill Receive STC Distinguished SIG Service Award

We are proud to announce that two of our SIG leaders, Preeti Mathur and Viqui Dill, have 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.

Preeti served two years as co-manager of our SIG. She was instrumental in redeveloping the training evaluation program that we offer as a SIG membership benefit, acting as the subject matter expert. She played a key role in getting our IDL web site moved over to the STC host in a time when much of her work and home life were anything but settled.

Preeti's citation reads:

In recognition of your exemplary patience, dedication, and diplomacy in co-managing the SIG, while simultaneously overseeing the training evaluation program, and porting the web site to a new hosting service.

Viqui has been an active volunteer in the IDL SIG throughout her entire membership. She currently serves in two critical roles in the SIG – webmaster and program manager.

As webmaster, Viqui put her considerable web development skills to work to refine our SIG’s design and layout after our migration to the STC host. Viqui serves as our principal site administrator, layout expert, and troubleshooter, helping other volunteers get up and running as site contributors. Thanks to Viqui’s work, we have a technically sound, informative site.

As program manager, Viqui recruits excellent presenters for SIG webinars, and seeks opportunities to offer quality programs in partnership with other STC communities. Recently, Viqui coordinated a program on usability in partnership with the Usability and User Experience SIG. In addition, Viqui manages all of our program registration details.

Viqui's citation reads:

For her superpowers, used in our SIG to lead both Programs and the Web site teams, that she expresses with grace and good humor.

Our deepest thanks to Preeti and Viqui for their service to the IDL SIG -- and heartiest congratulations on your well-deserved DSSA awards!

February 2, 2016 STC Multi-Chapter Techcomm Showcase


The event recording is available free at

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

16:00 PST, 17:00 MST, 18:00 CST, 19:00 EST

Join several STC communities for a multi-chapter Techcomm Showcase. Register on Eventbrite and plan to join us online February 2nd. Register on Eventbrite This multi-chapter STC educational event is offered virtually as well as in person. (Remote attendees will receive access information during the week before the presentation.) We encourage you to host a viewing party to provide opportunities for networking. Note that all times are Eastern Standard. Join us on Feb. 2nd for our Multi-Chapter Techcomm Showcase, brought to you by the Rochester, New England, and Southeastern Michigan Chapters of the Society for Technical Communication. Each chapter is providing a speaker for the event who will provide a brief presentation and a question and answer period.


Audience-specific Content using FrameMaker by Bernard Aschwanden

Bernard Aschwanden Bernard Aschwanden, STC President, works with clients to improve content creation, management and distribution workflows to improve quality and increase productivity. He is the founder of Publishing Smarter, an Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, and President of the STC, Bernard has helped hundreds of companies implement successful publishing solutions. Bernard is focused on publishing better, publishing faster and publishing smarter.

Know Your Users: Improving Learning Content by Connecting with User by Patty Gale

Patty Gale As a learning content developer for a technical writing team at Autodesk, Patty Gale is involved in many aspects of the design, development, and production of learning content for 3D modeling software. A technical communicator for over 25 years, Patty has worked at businesses all sizes, from small start-ups to large corporations. Whether the sole writer or part of a larger team, Patty enjoys learning new technologies and determining the most effective way to share important information with users. She has received multiple awards from her employers and STC competitions, including an International Award of Distinguished Technical Communication. Patty holds Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Business Management.

Best Practices in Using Social Media for Your Business by Angel Bedford

Angel Bedford Angel Belford is a communications professional with over 10 years of experience in writing, editing and content management.
Currently, Angel is the Web Content Administrator at Lourdes University managing all online content and the company Intranet. 
Prior to her current position she worked at FOX Toledo, a local news media organization, overseeing the Internet department, social media and the internal content management system. Angel was a technical writer at La-Z-Boy, holding this position for several years while creating documentation including user and administrator manuals, quick reference cards, and online manuals.
She has developed/maintained several types of digital and print documentation including: quick reference cards, websites, forms, user guides, training manuals, diagrams and newsletters. Meeting 6-7 PM Networking 7-8:30 PM Presentations 8:30 PM Wrap-up Virtual Attendance Option If you're not able to attend in person, you are welcome to attend virtually through Adobe Connect. RSVP: Register by Friday noon, January 29th. For questions or late registration, please contact Ben Woelk at Register on Eventbrite and plan to join us online February 2nd. Register on Eventbrite