STC Summit OnDemand, Call for Proposals & Associate Fellow Applications

We thought you might be interested in the following STC offerings and due dates.

It’s not too late to take advantage of STC’s 2021 Summit OnDemand content, now available through 30 September! Register now to access all the recorded education sessions, Featured Speaker Sessions, copies of the presenters’ slides, and even access to the virtual exhibitors. Plus you can earn up to 8 CEUs toward CPTC currency!

The STC Summit 2022 Call for Proposals is open! The conference will take place onsite May 15 – 18, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois (just outside of Chicago). The proposal submission deadline is 11:59 PM US Eastern on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Submitters will be notified about their proposals in late October. Learn more at

STC Associate Fellow applications are available now. Associate Fellow is one of two STC honors given to members who have an exemplary record of contributions to our profession and to the Society.  This honor recognizes members for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the arts and science of technical communication, and for sustained and significant service to STC. Read more  to see if you qualify. Applications are due on  November 1, 2021.

IDL SIG Summit Events-June 8 & 9

Summit Honors on Tuesday, June 8 at 1 pm EDT

STC Summit Honors Event where the Community of the Year and Most Improved Community were announced. Watch the video and see the exciting announcement at 27:01

Open House on Wednesday, June 9 at 12:45 pm EDT

Join the IDL SIG  during the Open House. You don’t need to be registered for the Summit! Drop by and say hi to our volunteers and enter to win a door prize to be drawn at the AGM!  Mark your calendars and join using the Zoom link *

Prize drawing for IDL CoP SIG

Volunteer for STC IDL CoP SIG

And looking ahead . . .

STC IDL SIG AGM (Annual General Meeting)
Tue, June 29, 2021 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT

First Fridays at 5: Join the conversation – drinks after work!
Fri, July 02, 2021 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT


IDL SIG Members to Present at STC Summit, June 7-9, 2021

Once again, we hope this list will help you plan your time at the Summit.

The following members of the IDL SIG are presenting at the STC Summit, as shown immediately below. Mark your schedules, and attend to support them!  Also included in this post are topics/presenters that could be of interest to you as a member of the Instructional Design & Learning SIG.

Click here for a printable list of presenters.

Tip: For those who are not able to attend the Summit this year, make note of any topics that you find of interest. Then let the Program Manager know that you’d be sure to sign up if we were able to convince these talented and informative presenters to reprise their presentations for the SIG at a later date.



Start time (EST)


Ben Woelk, Kelsey Loftin 7 1100 Kelsey & Ben’s Excellent Adventure: A Mentoring Story Management, Leadership, and Career Development
Ed Marsh 8 0900 Podcasting for Fun and/or Profit Content Design and Delivery
Kelly Schrank 8 1000 Low-Cost and Low-Effort Ways to Create Infographics and Visually Appealing Slides Tools and Technologies
Sree Pattabiraman 8 1000 Ace Your Video Documentation: A DITA-Centered Approach to Optimize Video Production Content Design and Delivery
Viqui Dill 8 1600 Show Up, Speak Up, Shut Up: How to Be a Good Ally Management, Leadership, and Career Development

IDL-related presentations



Time (EST)


Char James-Tanny 5 1400 Preconference workshop: Make Your Content Usable by (Almost) Everyone: An Introduction to Accessibility (*Additional cost to attend)
Mike Parkinson 5 0900 Preconference workshop: At-A-Glance Infographics

(*Additional cost to attend)

Jennifer Goode 7 0900 Survey Says: Don’t Start a Feud—Write Stronger Surveys Content Design and Delivery
Abigail Bettle-Shaffer 7 1100 What is Ableism, and Why Does It Matter? Management, Leadership, and Career Development
David Dylan Thomas 7 1400 FEATURED SPEAKER SESSION: Design for Cognitive Bias: Using Mental Shortcuts for Good Instead of Evil
Content Design and Delivery, Featured Speaker Session
Mike Parkinson 7 1500 Quick Fixes for Bad Slides
Content Design and Delivery
Lou Prosperi 7 1600 Tell Your Story the Disney Way: Applying Disney Imagineering to Technical Communication
Content Design and Delivery
Leah Guren 8 0900 Zoom-proof Your Presentations: Delivering Engaging Talks in a Virtual Space
Management, Leadership, and Career Development
Bremen Vance, Philip B. Gallagher 8 1100 Teaching with Google Workspace Platforms Tools and Technologies
Candice A. Welhausen, David Caruso 8 1400 FEATURED SPEAKER SESSION: Pandemics, Public Health, and Strategies for Conveying Information About Risk Content Design and Delivery, Featured Speaker Session
Michael Levitt 8 1500 Burnout Proof Your Communications Management, Leadership, and Career Development
Ray Davis 8 1600 Adobe Photoshop’s Data-Driven Images Tools and Technologies
Mark Kleinsmith, Steven Morgan 8 1600 Develop Engaging, Interactive Online Training Sessions Content Design and Delivery
Mike Parkinson 9 1000 No Money, No Design Skills, No Problem Content Design and Delivery
Roberta (Bobbi) Werner 9 1000 From Contributor to Manager: What Got Me Here Won’t Get Me There Management, Leadership, and Career Development
John Garison 9 1100 Building and Sustaining a Career in Technical Communication Management, Leadership, and Career Development
Bremen Vance, Samantha Cosgrove 9 1100 Aligning Content with Reality: Practitioner Perspectives on Textbook Keywords Management, Leadership, and Career Development