Where to find your IDL SIG colleagues at the Summit (#STC15)

Update: See photos of us in the IDL SIG at #STC15 post. Also see 2015 Business Meeting Presentation slides. Read Where to find your IDL SIG colleagues at the 2015 Summit as a pdf. Here is a quick overview of where you can find us, how you will recognize us, and ways to network with us – and each other, of course. http://lanyrd.com/2015/stc15/

Registration Opens

9:00 AM–8:00 PM Regency Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Floor IDL-Sticker-2010First and foremost – when you pick up your packages at the Registration desk, look for the IDL SIG lightbulb stickers near the self-serve ribbons that you can attach to your name tag. Put a sticker in a prominent place on your name tag and then keep an eye out for your fellow members with the same sticker. In the Programs’ order, here is where you can find your fellow SIG members or one of the leadership team:

Leadership Program

Sunday, 21 June, from 8 AM to noon (free) Hayes, 1st Floor http://lanyrd.com/sdhxdz The program offers an opportunity for STC community members to get together for sharing and learning, and it won’t be the same without YOU. There are a number of reasons you’ll want to attend the Leadership Program.

Networking

The Leadership Program agenda has time set aside for one-on-one networking and ice-breaker activities. During the breakout sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to chat with your group about their superpowers and kryptonite. Come armed with a pile of business cards and swap contact information with the crew.

Resources

At the Leadership Program, you’ll pick up a pile of handouts and collect an assortment of Web links. Each of the presenters at the breakout sessions will bring their supporting material to share with attendees. The Community Affairs Committee (CAC) will give you a tour of our online resources, webinars, email lists, outreach team, and Body of Knowledge. Leave room in your suitcase for resources and swag.

Inspiration

Hearing your fellow professionals talk about the great things happening in their communities will inspire and energize you. You’ll be surrounded by some of the brightest and best innovators in the #TechComm profession. As we announce award winners, you’ll catch some of the excitement and pride of a job well done. Come out and celebrate the accomplishments of a great 2014-2015 with us as we gear up for more success in 2016.

Welcome Reception

Sunday, 21 June 7:00–8:30 PM Battelle South, 3rd Floor Expo Hall Open http://lanyrd.com/sdkkhy

Education sessions

Monday Watch for these IDL members who are presenting today:
  • BPMN Basics: What You Need to Know for Your Content Strategy Monday, 22 June at 3:45-4:30 PM Jackie Damrau http://lanyrd.com/sdhdkz

Speed Networking

Monday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Exhibit hall (Battelle South) (Pre-registration is required) http://lanyrd.com/sdkkkc This is event is open to Summit registrants and will be a great opportunity to meet other attendees early in the Summit program.

STC’s Annual Business Meeting

Monday 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Regency Ballroom, 3rd Floor http://lanyrd.com/sdkptr Watch Bernard Aschwanden become the newest President. Hear the plans for the coming year and see governance in action.

Take me out to the Ballgame!

Monday 7:00 PM (offsite) (Pre-registration and payment required) http://lanyrd.com/sdkptq

SIG Business Meeting

Tuesday 7:00 AM, Regency Ballroom Anyone staying at the Hyatt Columbus will receive a voucher for a continental breakfast. Bring your voucher down to the Regency Ballroom and join us for a breakfast meeting where we will fill you in on our plans for the upcoming year. This is also where we hold nominations for the elected positions of Secretary, Treasurer, and Co-Managers.(We have current volunteers in these positions but are looking for assistants who would step into the full role in January 2017.)You’ll know our table by the fact that we will be wearing our best Teddy Bear pajamas: I double dog dare you to wear yours too! We will also have a lightbulb and our new banner to make it easier to locate the right table. It’s pretty early in the morning after the baseball game Monday night, so we won’t be surprised by some bleary-eyed attendees. But come! We’re going to have a nice surprise for you.

Education sessions

Tuesday

Watch for these IDL members who are presenting today:
  • Personalized Dynamic Content Tuesday, 23 June at 1:00-1:45 PM John Daigle
  • Saying Thank You. Saying I’m Sorry. When TechComm Goes All Wrong Tuesday, 23 June at 3:45 PM (Lightning Talk) Viqui Dill http://lanyrd.com/sdkprd
  • Hypergraphics for Visual-First Help: SVG, CSS, JavaScript Tuesday, 23 June at 3:45-4:30 PM David Gardiner http://lanyrd.com/sdhdmb

Communities Reception

Tuesday 11:00 AM–12:30 PM Exhibit hall (Battelle South) http://lanyrd.com/sdkkkd This is the event where the SIGs have tables, and when we can meet attendees and encourage them to become a part of our SIG. But it’s also a great time to come and meet Robert and me, and other volunteers who will be hanging out at our community table. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the lightbulb on the table, and our brand new banner. This year, we also have a laminated map of where all the IDL members are located, world-wide: come and see if you can find yourself on the map!The Community of the Year and Most Improved Community are announced at the Communities Reception.

IDL Progression

Tuesday at 1:00 PM Regency Ballroom, 3rd Floor http://lanyrd.com/sdkptm David Dick, Viqui Dill, Robert Hershenow, and Kim Lindsey

Honors Reception

Tuesday 5:00–7:00 PM Regency Ballroom, 3rd Floor http://lanyrd.com/sdkptp The former Honors banquet has been reimagined in to a livelier reception format, scheduled to start after the education sessions end on Tuesday. The Honors Reception will feature appetizer stations and will celebrate this year's honorees, including Fellows, Associate Fellows, Jay Gould, Ken Rainey, and Frank Smith awards. Join your STC colleagues in networking with and congratulating these individuals.

Honors After-Party

Tuesday 8:00 PM Denmark on High – North Room (off-site) http://lanyrd.com/sdmtyk For those with stamina…

Education sessions

Wednesday Watch for these IDL members who are presenting today:
  • Appreciative Inquiry and the Art of Interviewing Wednesday, 24 June at 8:30-9:15 AM Kit Brown-Hoekstra http://lanyrd.com/sdhdth

The Training & Research Track

The Future of Technical Communication Programs: Data Points from the Field Tuesday, 23 June at 8:30–9:15 AM Lisa Meloncon Professional Certification Info Session for Aspiring CPTCs Tuesday, 23 June at 9:45–10:30 AM Craig Baehr, Ronn Faigen, Chris Lyons, and Liz Pohland (Mis)Communicating with Electronic Media Tuesday, 23 June at 2:15–3:00 PM Carolyn Boiarsky Moving Into Instructional Design—Basics for Technical Writers Tuesday, 23 June at 3:45–4:30 PM Stephen Van Esch Online Education: Where Benefits Outweigh the Challenges Wednesday, 24 June at 8:30–9:15 AM Linda Oestreich Technical Editing: Today's Competencies for Tomorrow's Editors Wednesday, 24 June at 9:45–10:30 AM Susan Lang and Laura Palmer   You know, if you haven’t registered for the Summit yet… there is still time. They are taking registrations up until June 15. Register at summit.stc.org right now: it’s not too late! PS: Although she is not presenting this year, IDL SIG member Jamie Gillenwater is the Track Manager for both the Leadership and Management, and Consulting & Small Business Management Tracks. Thanks for your hard work, Jamie! PPS: If you are a student IDL SIG member and you are participating in any of the Student activities or volunteering at the Summit, please send me an email at manager@nullstcidlsig.org.

05/21/2015 “Using Scenarios to Help People Learn” webinar by Kim Lindsey

Sign up today and join the STC IDL SIG for "Using Scenarios to Help People Learn" by Kim Lindsey on May 21st, 2015. 10:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Mountain / 12:30 pm Central / 1:30 pm Eastern Register on Eventbrite.   eventbrite-142

About the webinar

These days, there’s a lot of emphasis on using “scenarios” in training and development – even technical training. Is it all just hype? or can scenarios really make a difference? Join STC IDL SIG Member Kim Lindsey for an introduction to this training format. Together, we’ll answer questions like:
  • How long do scenarios have to be?
  • When are scenarios appropriate, and are there times when they are not appropriate?
  • Are scenarios just for e-learning?
  • Do you have to use video? audio? special software tools?
  • Can scenarios be used in technical training?
  • What is a “branching scenario”?
  • What are some formats for writing drafts of scenario-based training?
We’ll also collaborate to transform some instructional text into a scenario-based design, so you can see how it’s done. You’ll leave with fresh ideas that can enhance your projects and give you a creative edge.

About the presenter

KimLindsey_scenariosKim Lindsey is the eLearning & Instructional Design Manager at Cinécraft Productions Inc. in Cleveland Ohio. She is a Senior Member of STC and has held numerous offices in the Northeast Ohio STC chapter, including President; she is currently the chapter’s Webmaster. Kim has completed several certificate courses on scenario-based design from industry experts and enthusiastically shares how she has applied what she learned in real world projects. Register on Eventbrite.   eventbrite-142

Webinar rescheduled: 04/02/2015 “Evaluation Essentials: Is Your Training Accomplishing What it’s Intended To?”

It's not too late to sign up for the “Evaluation of Training” webinar with Linda Urban.

April 02, 2015

10:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Mountain / 12:30 pm Central / 1:30 pm Eastern

(Rescheduled from March 19, 2015) Register on Eventbrite. eventbrite-142

About the webinar

Evaluation Essentials: Is Your Training Accomplishing What it’s Intended To?

If you’re an instructional designer or course developer, you work hard to create useful training  that helps people acquire new knowledge or skills that they can make use of on the job or in other parts of their life. How do you know if the training you create accomplishes what it is intended to?  There’s a lot of information about and focus on how to design training. Too often, there is not as much thought given to how to evaluate it. In this webinar, we’ll talk about how to evaluate the training you develop, and also consider some questions about the system in which the training occurs that are likely to have an impact. We’ll talk about two different approaches to evaluation:
  • Kirkpatrick’s “four levels” of evaluation–an approach that is fairly common in training circles
  • Program evaluation, which comes at training from a different angle, and starts by considering what questions should be answered when evaluating a program (or training), and what data is needed to answer those questions.
We’ll wrap up with some resources for where to learn more.

About our speaker

Linda Urban, MS

Linda_Urban_June2012Linda Urban, MS, is a consultant and instructor who focuses on organizational performance and workplace learning. She specializes in change management, needs assessment, evaluation, sustainability, and performance improvement solutions to help individuals, teams, and organizations work more effectively. Linda is also an Adjunct Faculty member in the online program Organizational Performance & Workplace Learning at Boise State University, and an instructor in the Technical Communication program at UC Berkeley Extension. Watch this space for registration and updates. Register on Eventbrite. eventbrite-142

Tickets still available for 04/02/2015 “Evaluation Essentials: Is Your Training Accomplishing What it’s Intended To?”

It's not too late to sign up for the “Evaluation of Training” webinar with Linda Urban. Ticket sales close tomorrow at noon EDT.

April 2, 2015 (rescheduled from March 19, 2015)

10:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Mountain / 12:30 pm Central / 1:30 pm Eastern

Register on Eventbrite. eventbrite-142

About the webinar

Evaluation Essentials: Is Your Training Accomplishing What it’s Intended To?

If you’re an instructional designer or course developer, you work hard to create useful training  that helps people acquire new knowledge or skills that they can make use of on the job or in other parts of their life. How do you know if the training you create accomplishes what it is intended to?  There’s a lot of information about and focus on how to design training. Too often, there is not as much thought given to how to evaluate it. In this webinar, we’ll talk about how to evaluate the training you develop, and also consider some questions about the system in which the training occurs that are likely to have an impact. We’ll talk about two different approaches to evaluation:
  • Kirkpatrick’s “four levels” of evaluation–an approach that is fairly common in training circles
  • Program evaluation, which comes at training from a different angle, and starts by considering what questions should be answered when evaluating a program (or training), and what data is needed to answer those questions.
We’ll wrap up with some resources for where to learn more.

About our speaker

Linda Urban, MS

Linda_Urban_June2012Linda Urban, MS, is a consultant and instructor who focuses on organizational performance and workplace learning. She specializes in change management, needs assessment, evaluation, sustainability, and performance improvement solutions to help individuals, teams, and organizations work more effectively. Linda is also an Adjunct Faculty member in the online program Organizational Performance & Workplace Learning at Boise State University, and an instructor in the Technical Communication program at UC Berkeley Extension. Watch this space for registration and updates. Register on Eventbrite. eventbrite-142