Members of the Instructional Design & Learning SIG are teachers and lifelong learners to the core, which means we never stop learning and are willing to share our knowledge. For the year-end roundup in this year, a tradition that Marcia Shannon started in 2020, volunteers participated in answering questions about their most memorable learning experiences in 2021, and goals for 2022.
|What was your most memorable learning experience with STC or the IDL SIG in 2021?|
|Marcia Shannon||Yoel Strimling’s Summit presentation: So You Think You Know What Your Readers Want. Yoel presented his research results, which you can use immediately to improve your writing and reach your audience.|
|Anita Matechuk||STC had many great webinars to offer in 2021. The most memorable webinar I attended was Traci Nathans-Kelly’s presentation, Leveling Up: Maximize Presentation Potential. I enjoyed it so much that I bought her book!|
|Ruth-Anne Klassen||Volunteering at the 2021 Summit was a great learning experience. It also opened the way for me to meet the IDL group, and what a great group they are!|
|Lori Meyer||I served my third STC chapter presidency in 2020-2021, and gained much wisdom about working with chapter leaders. I was reminded of the importance of listening, being mindful of leader needs, teamwork, and strengthening support for recognition. I’m thankful to have worked with a great leadership team who supported and challenged me.|
|Maralee Sautter||STC and our SIG provide many learning opportunities. My favorite was Catherine Wicksell’s article: Original Remote Instructors: ID Lessons from TVs Greatest Teachers and her IDL webinar.|
|Priyank Aggarwal||The Technical Writing Bootcamp by Leah Guren was my window into the world of technical writing. It acted as an appetizer and I am hungry for more now. Also, the knowledge exchange discussion about the tools Instructional Designers use was very informative. It also allowed me to meet veteran ID professionals.|
|What was your most memorable personal learning experience in 2021?|
|Marcia Shannon||Probably learning how to use Slack, at least the basics. Still confuses me but practice will make the difference.|
|Anita Matechuk||Getting my assignment back after I combined my skills in creating quilting classes with my technical writing. The assignment gave me the option to “write it any way you choose,” so I wrote it for an instructor who needs to confirm the same information for 25 different assignments. The comments of “I just completed a 12-hour day, but I don’t want to put this down” showed me I can focus on the audience experience and still provide solid technical documentation.|
|Ruth-Anne Klassen||I was so happy that I finally learned to drive and got my license after 8 years of having my “Learner’s” License.|
|Lori Meyer||I’m continuing a journey of learning more about UX writing and how it can contribute to more usable products. I attended a UX writers’ conference earlier this year, which was a great experience.|
|Maralee Sautter||Using YouTube videos, I learned how to repair and maintain my lawn mower and weed eater.|
|Priyank Aggarwal||I am in the process of learning InDesign, and I’m trying to understand how Slack works.|
|What is your goal to advance your career in 2022?|
|Marcia Shannon||Modify my status to semi-retired by finding part time writing or editing gigs.|
|Anita Matechuk||My first goal for 2022 is to submit a grant proposal.|
|Ruth-Anne Klassen||If all goes as planned, I will finish my Certificate in Technical Writing and move away from retail work.|
|Lori Meyer||Three, actually:
1) I plan to continue building my skills in UX writing.
2) Learn Markdown, which some of our developers use for internal documentation.
3) Do what is necessary to put together a solid proposal for Summit 2023, and submit a clear and well organized proposal.
|Maralee Sautter||I’m looking forward to the STC Summit in Chicago, because I always learn a lot at the conference. And networking is a great way to find jobs, so I hope nothing stands in the way of meeting in-person in 2022.|
|Priyank Aggarwal||I plan to continue building my skills in Tech Writing by learning InDesign followed by Camtasia. I have also enrolled in a writing bootcamp starting in January.|
|What new or special activity would you like to accomplish in 2022?|
|Marcia Shannon||Travel to see my family in Maryland and Pennsylvania and New York. I look forward to meeting my new great-grand-niece.|
|Anita Matechuk||I want to learn how to make lefse.|
|Ruth-Anne Klassen||Make more friends in my city!|
|Lori Meyer||I’d like to learn how to draw something more sophisticated than little stick men.|
|Maralee Sautter||I want to take a hot air balloon or glider plane ride in the upcoming year.|
|Priyank Aggarwal||I want to build a side business and promote myself as an online language teacher. I would also like to learn how to doodle on paper.|