#STC19 IDL Summit Sessions

Compiled by Viqui Dill, programs manager for the STC IDL SIG

Going to the Summit? Wondering what to see and do? Let us help you out!

Here is a list of sessions that may be of interest, chosen because the session is about instructional design and learning, presented by a SIG member, or of general interest to technical communicators. See the complete list of sessions on the Summit website.

First of all, we’re having our annual business meeting, with lunch and networking again.

IDL SIG Honest-to-Goodness Face-to-Face Business Meeting & Lunch Buffet 2019

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM MDT

Register on Eventbrite before May 5.

CPTC Preparation Training Course with Exam

Alan Houser & Jamie Gillenwater, IDL SIG members

Saturday, 4 May | 8:30 AM-4:30 PM | Quartz AB

Sunday, 5 May | 8:30 AM-5:00 PM | Quartz AB

Leadership Program

Sunday, 5 May | 8:00 AM-Noon | Mineral FG

Information Design Essentials

Saul Carliner

8:00 AM-Noon | Granite C

Opening General Session, Welcome Reception, and Expo Hall Open

Sunday, 5 May | 5:00-7:30 PM | Centennial Ballroom

Mastering Your Website 101

Timothy Esposito, IDL SIG member

Monday, 6 May | 8:00-8:45 AM

Leadership Opportunities Are Closer Than They Appear

Sara Feldman and Ben Woelk, IDL SIG member

Monday, 6 May | 8:00-8:45 AM

Meet the Editors

Andrea Ames and Sam Dragga

Monday, 6 May | 9:00-9:45 AM

More Lessons Learned: What Harry Potter Professors Teach Us About Instructional Design

Jamye Sagan, IDL SIG member

Monday, 6 May | 9:00-9:45 AM

xAPI: Geek Free Introduction for Instructional Designers

Megan Torrance

Monday, 6 May | 2:00-2:45 PM

Annual Business Meeting

Monday, 6 May | 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Centennial Ballroom

The Human Touch: Bringing Instructor Presence into eLearning Environments

Julia Cho

Tuesday, 7 May | 8:00-8:45 AM

eLearning: Creating Virtual Reality Projects with Adobe Captivate

Kevin Siegel

Tuesday, 7 May | 9:00-9:45 AM

#PowerOfStory - The Cultural Program that Got Me Clicks

Viqui Dill, IDL SIG member

Tuesday, 7 May | 9:00-9:45 AM

A Tale of Two Podcasts: From Concept to Reality

Allie Proff and Ben Woelk, IDL SIG member

Tuesday, 7 May | 10:00-11:00 AM

Topic-Based Authoring for Training

Sandra Wheeler

Tuesday, 7 May | 10:00-11:00 AM

Innovations in Tech Comm Curricula for College Programs

Russel Hirst, Craig Baehr, and Beth Agnew, IDL SIG member

Tuesday, 7 May | 10:00-11:00 AM

Engineering Better Training Experiences through Innovative Presentation Techniques and Technologies

Chuck Campbell, IDL SIG member

Tuesday, 7 May | 1:00-1:45 PM

Just-In-Time (JIT) Training

Aaron Murray

Tuesday, 7 May | 2:00-2:45 PM

Content in the Age of Machines: Incorporating Controlled Language into Your Content Strategy

Kit Brown-Hoekstra, IDL SIG member

Tuesday, 7 May | 4:00-4:45 PM

Honors Reception

Tuesday, 7 May | 5:15-6:45 PM | Centennial Ballroom

Education Plenary Session

Saul Carliner, Ginny Reddish, and Karen Schriver

Wednesday, 8 May | 8:00-11:00 AM | Centennial A-C

The Newsletter Q1 2018 IDeaL: Design for Learning

From the Editor

By Crista Mohammed

In this issue, we continue harvesting rich material from our student outreach competition. You know the saying, plant a seed, tend it well and...enjoy the fruit.  We are thrilled to publish another winning submission.

Maria Peter, who has just completed a programme in Technical Communication at Seneca, provides a comprehensive review of usability heuristics as they apply to e-learning, distributed learning and websites in general . This is a great resource for students of IDL and a refresher for practitioners.Read More

Lori Meyer, in her co-manager's column, reviews our  2017 successes . Invigorated by those success, she recommends many ways for you to contribute to and enjoy being part of our awarding winning team. Read more

Marcia Shannon, in her Secretary's Column, shares six easy, doable ways to stay in touch with your SIG and reap the rewards of your SIG membership. Read more

Meet Viqui Dill in our Member Spotlight. You may already know the venerable Ms. Dill. She is a well-recognised STC face, having been an active member for over 11 years (a fact that belies her youthful vim and vigour). Viqui is her usual frank sharing-self: she does not hold back on how she has grown and how the STC has figured in her professional development. Read more

Crista Mohammed  reminds us that SUMMIT TIME is at hand. In her Editor’s picks she shares her plans for Summit 2018--plans that revolve around staying abreast of the field; nurturing the professional within; and friending face-to-face (as opposed to virtually). Read More

Viqui Dill, thoughtful as ever, has extracted all of the key SUMMIT 2018 events for the IDL SIG. Included in Viqui's list are all the presentations that will be made by IDLers. Read More

Marcia Shannon reviews Cammy Bean’s The Accidental Instructional Designer. The title of the book is relatable. So it is when you work in an emerging field: the needs of the market precede the discipline. Many of our careers are thus “accidental”.  Marcia finds the book deserving of careful reading as it is information dense, but that density does not burden the reader in the least. Marcia reports that Bean’s light breezy writing is enjoyable and easy to read. Read more

O*NET program, the most comprehensive source of occupational data in the USA, is seeking experienced Instructional Designers and Technologists to add their career information to the O*NET database. Read more

About IDeaL: Design for Learning

Editor’s Summit 2018 Picks

By Crista Mohammed




To make the most of any conference set your goals and plan ahead. My picks for this year are informed by three goals:

  • Taking care of the professional me (coded blue)
  • Finding out what’s new in my field (coded pink)
  • Friending face-to-face (as opposed to virtually) (coded green)

See my plan below.

Monday 21st  May

10:30-11:20 AM  Celebration 1-2 Meet the Editors


Andrea Ames & Sam Dragga

The editors of Intercom magazine and Technical Communication will explain the missions of their publications, editorial processes, recent submission trends, and other topics of interest to scholars and practitioners. Participants will have the opportunity to comment and ask questions.
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Location: TBD
Hosted by the IDL SIG IDL SIG will be meeting at a local eatery. They are providing lunch. Attendees will hear more about what the SIG has on offer, what they have accomplished, and how you can get involved.

Please confirm attendance: manager@nullstcidlsig.org

1:00-1:50 PM Celebration 9-10 Trends in Tech Comm: Tales from the Trenches


Sarah O’Keefe, Dawn Stevens, & Val Swisher

Three industry-leading consultants explore what’s hot; what’s not; where the industry is going; what is needed to succeed in today’s tech comm environment.


2:10-3:00 PM Celebration 5 What’s New in IDL?

Learning Environment Modeling Language (LEM): The New Language of Instructional Design


Phylise Banner

This session will introduce an easy-to-use and powerful visual learning design method called Learning Environment Modeling (LEM) — a unique visual language for enhancing communication and collaboration between instructional design professionals and diverse stakeholders.
Pub Crawl

7:30-10:30 PM

Orlando Restaurants


Florida Chapter



A fun night of networking, relaxing, and socializing with other 2018 STC Summit. Stay tuned for more information!!

Facebook Event


Tuesday  22nd  May

65th Anniversary Town Hall
10:10-11:00 AM  Celebration 1-2
Rhyne Armstrong & Julie Dwyer It’s the Summit’s 65th anniversary! This town hall session is an opportunity to tell tales, ask questions, and share ideas. The focus will be on how can individual members contribute to the future of STC and how can we innovate for the future.
1:00-1:50 PM Celebration 5 Lessons Learned: What Harry Potter’s Professors Teach us about Instructional Design


Jamye Sagan

Education plays a crucial role in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Each of these professors – whether terrible or terrific –has important lessons to share regarding effective instructional design and training delivery. The presentation will profile various Hogwarts professors, and analyze the effectiveness of their lesson delivery, sharing practical tips for tackling common training issues.
2:10-3:00 PM  Celebration 1-2 Certified Professional Technical Communicator Session Q & A


Craig Baehr & Liz Pohland

CPTC trainers talk about the program and becoming professionally certified. These experts will answer questions on everything including study strategies, resources, continuing education, and other aspects of the program.


4:00-4:50 PM  Celebration 1-2 Women in Tech Comm Panel


Moderator: Liz Herman
Panelists: Nicky Bleiel, Alyssa Fox, Lisa Meloncon, & Tavia Record

Panelists at varying stages of their careers provide thoughtful insights around current events pertaining to women in technology and technical communication.


5:30-6:30 PM Windermere Ballroom


STC’s Annual Business Meeting Click here to view the rules for the meeting.


7:30-10:30 PM
Orlando Restaurants
Diner Meetup

Florida Chapter

A fun event for socializing, and networking with other 2018 STC Summit attendees in a relaxing environment while enjoying some amazing Orlando cuisine.


If you are interested in knowing more about this event, please mark “Interested” to follow this event page and receive updates. The Florida Chapter looks forward to seeing you there! Facebook Event


Wednesday  23rd  May

9:00-9:50 AM  Celebration 5 Can you hear me now? Podcasting as Teaching Tool


Jennifer Goode

Podcasting is one of the fastest growing areas of content production. This session will demonstrate how students can develop technical skills, increase content knowledge and understanding, and refine communication skills as they create podcasts for their course projects. It will also introduce the tools and technology necessary to set up a course podcasting project.
11:15 AM-1:00 PM

Windermere Ballroom


Honors Event


Keynote Speaker
Andy Hines

The Honors Event is the last event of the Summit. Brunch will be served. Andy Hines will wrap up what you learned about “the future of how we work, where we work, and you at work” at the Summit.


See you there. Safe travels everyone!!!

IDL SIG Named a 2018 Platinum Community!

One again, our SIG has been named an STC Platinum Community! This award, the highest level in the STC Community Achievement Awards, recognizes our accomplishments and member services over the past year.

The citation on our certificate will read:

"For your dedication in promoting the technical communications profession by disseminating knowledge, sharing expertise, providing valuable programs, fostering leadership development and performing student outreach."

Our community will be recognized during the Leadership Program (on Sunday, May 20) at the 2018 Summit in Orlando, FL. At that time, we will receive our CAA certificate.

In addition, we encourage all our community members to attend the Honors Event (on Wednesday, May 23, at 11:15 am), as the Community of the Year and Most Improved Community will be announced during that time. There will be a photographer at both the Leadership Program and Honors Event; following the Honors Event will be the best time for a group picture.

Congratulations and many thanks to our SIG leaders, and to ALL members of the Instructional Design & Learning SIG!  This award belongs to all of you. We wouldn't have a SIG without you!

The Newsletter Q3 2017 IDeaL: Design for Learning

From the Editor

By Crista Mohammed

Hello SIG members! Here’s another exciting issue of IDeaL: Design for Learning.

In this issue, we present a wide range of articles. One “cluster” (if you will) touches on hot topics in the ID field, and the second cluster treats with critical “housekeeping” ( if you will again, please pretty please) . So what’s on offer, specifically? You asked, so here’s our answer:

Viqui Dill uses an apt sports analogy to describe the trainer’s role. She convincingly argues that trainers are not coaches (aka “drill sergeants”), but cheerleaders. This article is bewitching: It is easy to read, yet treats with a complex issue in IDL--the training persona. How does the trainer locate him or herself in relation to participants? How does the trainer construct an identity that is supportive of learning? Read more…

Phil Havlik reduces his training evaluation to four critical questions. This is quite an achievement, let me tell you, as sometimes the evaluation form is harder to complete than the training! In devising our evaluations, Phil advises us to bear in mind that participants want to complete their evaluations quickly and that trainers need detailed feedback: These seemingly competing demands can be met with a few, well-placed questions. Read more

David Dick tackles a problem that is endemic to all modern enterprise: If your business uses ICTs, then legacy systems are a huge problem (and headache). David’s article prompts us to carefully think through and plan for technology migrations. For example, is there need for training of newer staff in legacy systems so that there is continuity? Read more...

Allie Proff chronicles her personal journey from never having attended a conference to becoming a regular presenter at the STC Summit. Allie’s sharing of her personal doubts is courageous and frank. She ends with sensible advice on how to overcome that anxiety. Her most powerful argument? We all can bring value to our community through presenting our work: What stands in the way is our self-doubt. But you can conquer those fears, like Allie, and when you do, you will find the experience affirming. Read more...

Marcia Shannon encourages us to become Certified Professional Technical Communicators. This is another courageous bit of sharing. Examining her decision to seek certification, Marcia reveals that the decision was both deeply personal and professional. Marcia provides solid advice on how you too can earn your Professional Technical Communicator certification. Congratulations to Marcia on becoming a CPTC. Read more…

Viqui Dill in her co-manager’s column reports on the the last quarter. Lot’s have been going on and the SIG will be delivering lot’s more in the final quarter (can you believe it?) of 2017. Don’t miss out. Read more…

Lori Meyer recently renewed her STC membership for the 33rd time. We join Lori in celebrating this AMAZING milestone. In her co-manager’s column, it is clear why Lori has been a member for so long: She finds great value in her membership. She has built a network of STC friends that has been supportive of her career and you can too. Read more...

Marcia Shannon in her Secretary’s column continues where Lori left off. She adds to the long list of benefits that STC and IDL SIG members reap. For additional, compelling reasons to join or stay with us, read more…

Sylvia Miller issues another call for student essays. Yep, our first student outreach essay competition was a resounding success! We attracted and published several student articles, and our SIG earned the STC 2017 Pacesetter for this initiative!  Read more...


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