IDL Student outreach program

Did you know that the IDL CoP runs a competition each year to help students earn a year of STC (and IDL) membership? This is the 5th year of the competition and we would like you to help us spread the word to any students you know in the field. Or, if you are a student yourself, consider entering.

Write a 1,000-word article on an approved topic that relates to Instructional design and learning and submit it before the deadline of February 15, 2021. If the panel of judges selects your article, you will receive a year of complimentary student membership in the STC (which can be added onto an existing membership if need be).

If you know (or want to learn) about these topics, consider researching and writing in these areas:

·       Analysis ·       The profession of instructional design ·       Developing instructional design products
·       Implementation ·       Evaluation ·       eLearning
·       Media use in Instructional Design ·       Technology ·       Theories and models

Approved articles are published here in the newsletter and also submitted on your behalf to the Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK). Should your article be published on the BOK, the IDL CoP will pay for another year of student membership.

Spread the word to anyone you know who is a student in instructional design. Tell them to check all the details at, or contact the Student Outreach lead Mellissa Ruryk at

Destiny Dudley Joins IDL SIG Leadership as Co-Manager

Greetings IDL community,

My name is Destiny Louise Dudley, a new member to the IDL leadership team. I feel very humbled and honored to be a part of such a progressive community. In return, I have no doubt I will end up learning more from everyone in this community than anything I can contribute. I am grateful for this opportunity. In the meantime, I would like to take a few minutes to introduce myself to everyone.

As of November 2019, I was a full-time, special education and English teacher in a specialized language-based education program. Sadly, this program was discontinued and I found myself an unemployed, special education teacher. With such an unforeseen change, I decided to pursue my second passion, writing with a special interest in creative writing and instructional design. As of March 2020, I jumped right into pursuing a membership and active role with STC, completing the STC TechComm Fundamentals Bootcamp Course, and beginning a new masters degree with Southern New Hampshire University in creative writing. In my personal time, I enjoy reading, traveling, hiking, spinning, yoga, nature, crafting, painting, DIY projects, volunteering at animal shelters, and my two crazy cats.

I am very excited about all of the new changes happening within this new community and in STC as well. The saying “the world is changing and we must change with it” comes to mind when I think of the new innovations the STC society is pursuing. If anyone has the chance to watch the last STC conference online, please do so. It is open until August, and I can say it is one of the best career decisions I could have made so far.