By Marcia Shannon, Membership Manager
We’re ready to welcome to a new year of challenges and opportunities. Wait a minute, that’s every year, isn’t it? Yes, it is, and we have another chance at making good choices. Choosing to be part of the tech comm communities is one of those good.
First of all, thank you, everyone who joined or renewed your membership in STC and IDL. Welcome or welcome back to the many aspects and variations of being a technical communicator. If you have not renewed or joined for the first time, do not despair, you can join right now, or next week or whenever your circumstances favor you taking that step.
When I was thinking about what to report to the IDL Community about the fourth quarter of 2022, these questions popped up: Who are we? Who are these folks who are interested in instructional design? Where do we live and work or work remote from? What hints do our job titles give to explain what we do in our careers? How long have we been involved with STC? As membership manager, I ran our roster through several data filters to discover the answers to those questions. I hope you benefit from these quick views of the IDL community members.
Continue reading “Membership Report – 2022 Q4”
By Marcia Shannon, Student Outreach Coordinator
We are redesigning some parts of our Student Outreach Article Competition for 2023. The major change is that articles from students about instructional design will be accepted from February 1 through November 1, 2023. We hope this will allow us to publish at least one student essay in each quarterly issue of IDeaL.
The prize for each published essay will continue to be a one-year paid student membership in STC and the IDL SIG, to be awarded for the year after the essay is published. If you will not be a student in that year, you will be awarded that amount toward your STC membership
If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, or if you are enrolled in a certificate program for instructional design, you are eligible to submit an essay.
What should you write about? Tell us about a concept or practice that caught your interest, or surprised you, or confused you about some aspect of instructional design. Did you complete a group project that concentrated on a particular idea in ID? Have you submitted classwork that could be shared with the wider audience of ID professionals?
If you are changing careers, which previous job skills are transferable to instructional design? How did you figure that out? Can you compare and contrast business training practices with ID concepts?
Use our First Fridays @ Five social hour to float essay ideas, to ask for help, or to offer some to other students.
Essays should be 500 to 1000 words.
The Student Outreach Essay competition can be the first step to building your published portfolio. We have seen webinars grow out of articles, giving you another opportunity to expand your professional presence. The website information will be updated soon and more information will be included in email announcements.
Email any questions to the Membership Manager.
By Maralee Sautter, IDL SIG Manager
Hello IDL SIG members,
The third quarter is coming to an end, and hopefully, your summer was amazing and full of vacation fun. The following is a recap of our recent SIG events Continue reading “Manager’s Column Q3: Recapping, and looking ahead”
Your Instructional Design and Learning friends have collected a lot of hours of experience in our field. All that work gives us superpowers. And thanks to STC, we have a great way of passing on those superpowers to you. Continue reading “IDL leaders share our superpowers”
By Marcia Shannon, Membership Manager
Another quarter, another change of season. I’ve always felt that Autumn is my personal new year/start fresh time. The shift in the landscape from green to brown feels like a natural time to take stock and make changes.
September is the opening month of STC membership renewal season. December 31, 2022 is the deadline to renew your membership. It’s a good time to check out how you use membership benefits. Consider increasing those benefits by becoming more involved through volunteering. Continue reading “Membership Report – 2022 Q3”