Manager’s Column, Q1 2023

By Maralee Sauter, IDL SIG Manager

Hello IDL SIG members,

Spring has arrived, resplendent with daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, and a feathered flurry of participants at my office-window bird feeder. It’s a beautiful time of year in the Pacific NW, as the fresh rain and fleeting sun bring an air of much-needed optimism into view.  

Speaking of optimism, I’m looking forward to the 2023 Summit in Atlanta, Georgia,  from May 14-17. There’s still time to make the last-call registration. The conference is the premier educational experience and a place to network with folks who love, promote, and share technical communication.

To follow Instructional Design & Learning SIG events at the Summit, visit our various platforms, and we’ll keep you posted:

And, if you are attending, please let me know so we can meet up. Send a note to

Recap of the 1st Quarter of 2023

As usual, we were busy providing you with great activities in the first quarter. Here’s a recap of what happened in the past three months.

At the end of January, we submitted our Community Achievement Award (CAA) application for 2022 to the CAA judges. We are looking forward to collecting an award at the Summit Honors Celebration. If you are attending, be sure to join us during the ceremony.

Workshop Series #2 and #3 by Dr. Jennifer Goode. In January and March, Jennifer Goode “finished what she started” in this Instructional Design (ID) workshop series. In November, she shared the instructional designer’s tools and what a designer does on the job. Following up in 2023, Dr. Goode examined the ADDIE (Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, Evaluate) process.  We learned that ADDIE is an instructional designer’s project plan, discussed its various stages, and the value of using it.

First Fridays at 5. We continued with our lively ID chats in January and February. In March, Marcia Shannon and Ruth-Anne Klassen talked about the new Student Article Writing Competition. Details are on our student competition webpage. Then, we talked about good ways for students and members to become involved by presenting at FF@5 or writing a newsletter article.

Note: We need volunteer presenters. We are looking for students or members who want to do a mini-presentation in their area of interest for First Fridays at 5. If you’d like to sharpen your presentation or focused chat skills, please notify our student liaison, Ruth-Anne Klassen (, or volunteer coordinator Anita Matechuk (

Website Makeover Series. We started in the fall of 2022 with our website makeover series and expected to have 4 or 5 sessions. Due to our website makeover superstar dropping out, we took a different path in 2023 for two sessions. We gave participants a look at other WordPress themes and the backend of our site. We also tested our site’s usability in real-time, as volunteers shared their screens and commentary about navigating the website. This project is on hold until we find a presenter and WordPress superstar. 

What’s up for the 2nd quarter?

Here are a few dates to remember:

  • First Fridays @ 5: April 7, May 5, and June 2 at 5:00 PM – ET
  • The STC Summit (conference) in Atlanta, Georgia: May 13 through 17
  • The SIG Annual General Meeting (AGM): TBD in May or June
  • The next IDL business meeting: Saturday, April 29 at 12:30 PM – ET. Details are on the SIG Calendar.  

We may have other events coming your way in the next few months, so be sure to follow us on Eventbrite by checking out the event signup and the IDL SIG social media connections displayed on the homepage sidebar of the IDL website.

Come join us for a SIG event or at the Summit!