The Newsletter Q2 2017 IDeaL: Design for Learning

From the Editor

By Crista Mohammed

Hello, Readers! Super happy to be delivering our Q2 2017 newsletter. As you know, this is post-Summit. As with all successful conferences, attendees leave re-charged and rearing to go. This positive energy radiates in most of what you will read in this issue, as our contributors are eager to share their summit lessons and experiences.

But, before we get there I must share our good news: We are continuing to reap the rewards of our student outreach competition. In this issue, we share two student essays earning the judges’ nod.

  • Whitney Lewis, reading for a Master's in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, explores the value of rapid prototyping in the instructional design process. Read Rapid Prototyping.
  • Viqui Dill, in her co-manager's column, reflects on Summit 2017. She records the achievements of the IDL SIG over the past year and, waxing warm and grateful like only Viqui could, she thanks those who volunteer for the SIG. Read more.
  • Marcia Shannon uses her Secretary's Column to share her Summit 2017 experience. She focusses on how the Summit is helping in her re-visioning of her career. Read More.

 

  • Jamye Sagan reviews eight summit sessions for us, touching on sessions ranging from how to complement written work with video to tips for professional success. Presenting cliff notes of topical sessions, Jamye gives us many great take aways: Useful to those who want to recall the session and particularly useful to those who could not be there. Read more.

 

  • Sylvia Miller presents a very careful account of a summit session on Responsive Design. Reviewing Dr. Lanier’s presentation, entitled ““How to Fix the Credibility Problem When Using Responsive Design”, Sylvia has extracted for us the characteristics of a credible website: Characteristics worth remembering as increasingly more content gets accessed from devices with vastly differing screen sizes. Read More.

 

  • Viqui Dill puts us in touch with what is happening. She reviews some sessions at the STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter Annual Regional Conference. Clearly, they had a blast while learning and sharing! Read more.

Finally, we salute and send out heartiest congratulations to:

  • IDL SIG colleagues who now serve on the STC Board. Read more.
  • The Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase. It’s their 10th Anniversary. Read more.

 

Read the full newsletter as pdf here: stc-idl-sig-Q2 2017_Newsletter

 

About IDeaL: Design for Learning

We had a blast at #STC17!

We had a blast at #STC17!

Here are a  few photos of our adventures. Photos by Jason Dixson and more are available on the STC Office Flickr site.

Want to see the slides from our face to face meeting? We have them posted.

Slides from our #STC17 IDL SIG meeting

We had a blast at the #STC17 Summit. Here are slides from our meeting.

stc-idl-sig-2017 Business Meeting Presentation

The Newsletter Q1 2017 IDeaL: Design for Learning

From the Editor

By Crista Mohammed

Readers, we are late with delivering our Q1 2017 newsletter and for this we humbly apologize.

We are experiencing some challenges with our website.

For the PDF version of IDeaL: Design for Learning, I thank Lori Meyer for all the layout work. I could not have done it without her! Where we fell short in delivery time, we make up for in great content.

In this issue, we have begun reaping the rewards of our student outreach competition: We are thrilled to publish the first of several student essays, which our esteemed judges found to have clear value to our readership.

  • Leland Stoe, reading for a degree in Technical Communications & Professional Writing at Metropolitan State University, shares ten tips for engaging the reluctant learner. We thank Leland for his sage recommendations and congratulate him on having been selected for publication. Read Engaging the Reluctant Learner.
  • Viqui Dill, in her co-manager's column, reminds us that it is that AMAZING time of year…SUMMIT time! It is hard for Viqui to suppress the programs manager in her, as is evidenced by the event highlights in her column. Viqui lists presentations by IDLers; sessions with an IDL focus; sessions that are of general interest; and gatherings that promise FUN—like the Rough Drafts performance: She just made your scheduling easy. Read more.
  • Lori Meyer, in her co-manager’s column, talks about how you can become involved in our vibrant, award-winning community. Read more.
  • Marcia Shannon uses her Secretary's Column to urge you to join our effort— through volunteering; connecting at the summit; and at our meetings. Our monthly meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of every month. “See” you at our next meeting. Read more.
  • Mellissa Ruryk, our Jacques Cousteau of Word™, takes us on another voyage into the depths of this sometimes plague-some but indispensable software. In this second part of a three-column series, Mellissa describes how to manipulate sections. My fav bit is a tip on how, armed with an understanding of sections, to recover a corrupted document! Read more.
  • Viqui Dill lets us know what’s hap, hap, happening. In an IDL SIG outreach activity, Viqui shared a case study of a training programme with InfoDevDC—a group of Information Developers (technical writers, training designers, information architects, and project managers) who gather in the northern Virginia area. This is but one more example of how your SIG supports our community of IDL practice. Read more.
  • Meet Kim Lindsey in our return to Member Spotlight—a pre-WordPress feature of IDeaL: Design for Learning. In a midlife career change, Kim moved from technical writing to instructional design. Read more.
  • Jamye Sagan reviews Bette Fricke’s Webinar School: Planning, Producing, and Presenting your Training Webinar. The book is a collection of wisdom that is well overdue, as online training has, for some time, become a mainstay of the IDL arsenal. Jamye assesses Fricke’s offering to be useful in general and particularly so for its webinar planning and execution checklists—isn’t planning half the work? Read more.

Read the full newsletter as pdf here.

All links:

Co-manager’s report: Go Summit 2017!

Co-manager’s report: Opportunities are waiting for you - learn and grow with us!

SIG News Roundup

Engaging the Reluctant Learner

Part 2 of Page Layout: Understanding Sections in Word

STC IDL SIG shares with InfoDevDC

Member Spotlight: Meet Kim Lindsey

Book Review: Webinar School: Planning, Producing, and Presenting Your Training Webinar

About IDeaL: Design for Learning

2017 Platinum Community Award

The citation on our certificate will read:

"For fulfilling the STC mission of providing quality programs to members through innovative activities. For your outstanding work on leadership, transition, and community outreach."

 

Our community will be recognized during the Leadership Program (on Sunday, May 7) at the 2017 Summit in Washington, DC. At that time, we will receive our CAA certificate.

In addition, we encourage all of your community members to attend the Honors Reception (on Tuesday, May 9, at 5:30pm), as the Community of the Year and Most Improved Community will be announced during that time.

In addition, there will be an opportunity to have the official event photographer take a group photo of your community members with your award at the end of the evening.

Congratulations to all members of the Instructional Design & Learning SIG!