Announcement: IDL SIG Monthly Meeting moved to June 1st

Announcement: The IDL SIG monthly meeting scheduled for May 25th has been rescheduled for June 1st at 7:30 pm (GMT-04:00) Eastern Time. Email Lori Meyer at for connection information. The IDL SIG monthly meeting for June will be held as scheduled on June 29th at 7:30 pm (GMT-04:00) Eastern Time. Connection information is as follows:
  1. Join the Adobe Connect session at
  2. Select Enter As a Guest and enter your first and last name in the field.
  3. Click the Enter Room button.
  4. In the Join Audio Conference pop-up box, select the Dial-out option.
  5. Choose your country code from the drop-down menu and enter your phone number, then click the Join button to join the session. This option is compatible for international phone numbers.
  6. If you do not have a direct line for the system to dial out to, you can select the option to Dial-in to the Audio Conference via Phone. You will be provided with several phone numbers to choose from and a participant code. Click the blue More dial-in information... link to see more international toll free and local dial-in access numbers outside of the United States.
  7. If you would prefer to listen through your computer speakers (no phone line involved), click the Listen Only button at the bottom of the Join Audio Conference box.
  8. If you haven't previously attended an Adobe Connect meeting, test your connection here: Do NOT use the webinar URL provided above to test your connection.
  9. TROUBLE CONNECTING TO THE SESSION? Click this link for technical support directly from Adobe:

We had a blast at the #STC16 Summit!

Here are some photos of your IDL SIG at #STC16. Also see the 2016 Business Meeting Presentation.
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You’re invited to attend your IDL SIG monthly meeting

The team leads and co-managers invite you to attend your IDL SIG monthly meeting and hear what goes into running the SIG. The meeting info doesn’t change from month to month, so why not set up a recurring item in your calendar on the last Wednesday of each month, cut and paste the information below, and join us? Meeting time:  4:30 PM Pacific, 5:30 PM Mountain, 6:30 PM Central, 7:30 PM Eastern. To avoid connection delays, please plan to log on 5 to 8 minutes before the scheduled start time as given above. Click this URL to log on:
  1. Select ENTER AS A GUEST and type in the name you’d like us to know you by.
  2. Click ENTER ROOM. Set up Audio/Phone Connection (this is the preferred method and it is toll-free): when the JOIN AUDIO CONFERENCE dialog box displays, select the DIAL OUT option.
  3. Type in your phone number and click JOIN. You will receive a call from Adobe Connect confirming the audio connection. Turn off your computer speakers to avoid feedback.

Last call for nominations for SIG Co-Manager

Please consider letting your name stand for election as an assistant co-manager of the STC Instructional Design and Learning special interest group. Your term as assistant co-manager would begin January 2016, followed by assuming the Co-managerial position in January 2017 and serving until the end of 2018. If you are willing, please send a short biography and a recent headshot for posting on the election survey, before midnight PST on Sunday, November 15, 2015. Voting begins early next week. Thank you. Mellissa Ruryk and Robert Hershenow, Co-managers

Current IDL SIG Volunteer Opportunities

We need you, IDL SIG Members:

Our IDL SIG is a very special group of people within STC, consistently recognized as a fun community to belong to, as well as one that is beneficial to our careers. The old saying “you get out what you put in” is so true, but I would say you get back *more* than what you put in. Even the smaller volunteer tasks make our community more valuable to each of us. Invest a bit of your time and see! The SIG has volunteer openings in the following areas. These tasks are listed with an estimated minimum time commitment. You can always do more, but we ask that if you step up, you commit to seeing the job through.


Talent Scout: Locates persons to present webinars on topics of interest to instructional designers, teachers, instructors, curriculum developers and others in our audience. Books dates, prepares Letters of Agreement (a form letter that outlines the terms and conditions for the presenter to be paid), and works closely with the Programs Team lead to set up webinars and ensure they run smoothly. We usually host 4 webinars a year (but more are possible) and it usually takes two or three emails per presenter to set everything up in advance– so be prepared to devote about 1 hour a week for a month per webinar. WIIFY*: You have an excuse to contact and form a relationship with anyone in the Tech Comm sphere of influence (asking them to present) and you get to attend the webinar for free! Plus, earn our undying gratitude. Programs Team Lead: The Programs team lead attends a one-hour monthly meeting with the co-managers and other team leads, which includes reporting on actions, accomplishments, and current and future plans and needs. Works closely with the Talent Scout and Webmaster. Updates the SIG website with event details and sets up the event on EventBrite, which includes creating scheduled messages to attendees. Liaises with Treasurer to make sure presenter is paid. Attends the rehearsal and the webinar (for free, of course!). Keeps records of webinars for Community Achievement Award. Optionally (in conjunction with the Social Media team lead), tweets and posts about the webinar to advertise it. Supplies STC Notebook listing about upcoming events. This is a time-intensive volunteer position; expect to spend about 1-2 hours per week, year-round, on your volunteer activities. WIIFY*: another chance to practice your awesome time management skills, work with fun people, find out if you want to take on a more senior role in the SIG, possibly receive a stipend to help defray Summit attendance costs. Plus, earn our undying gratitude. Content Curator: this is a new position, so you will have some license in working with the co-managers and other team leads to create the role. One of our responsibilities to the STC is to gather and pass along knowledge about instructional design. The content curator would keep current on the IDL SIG’s Mailman discussion list and other social media (such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook) to gather all input on a topic of discussion started by a SIG member, and refine it for publication on our website and newsletter, and then for submission to editors of the STC Body of Knowledge (TCBOK) database. Expect to spend up to several hours once a month, as topics arise that provoke discussion. WIIFY*: This could be an extremely interesting position for an academic who is pursuing a post-grad degree. You will be among the first to know of trending topics in our bailiwick. Plus! Earn our undying gratitude. Member Liaison: Working closely with the Membership chair, profiles one member in our community per month by asking them to complete a questionnaire (which you would create, with help from the co-managers, membership team lead, and newsletter editor), for use on the SIG website/in the SIG newsletter. This could take 2 to 3 hours a month. WIIFY*: Best if you’re a real people-person with insatiable curiosity; you will learn more about our members and share that information to make our virtual community more warm and fuzzy. ***We always need people who will write and submit articles for our website and newsletter. Any topic of professional interest to our members, any time, virtually any length. Articles are submitted to the newsletter editor for editing and approval prior to publication. WIIFY*: You can say you’ve been published! List the articles in your resume! Possibly end up as a contributor to the STC BoK! And, earn our undying gratitude!*** Website volunteers: We need persons with a little experience in WordPress (or willing to be schooled – it’s not hard to learn) to take ownership of a specific page or section of the website and make sure content is updated, verified, and valuable. You could spend an hour to 5 hours a month on this. WIIFY*:  Learn more about WordPress, help our members stay current by providing timely, accurate information. Wait! There's more: earn our undying gratitude. Educational Resources listings:  We have the ability to list any number of Instructional Design and Learning courses, institutions, colleges, universities, and organizations that offer education or support for IDL members. Our Scholarship chair has already compiled a list of over 100 institutions and contact information. The volunteer would update our (WordPress) website with these resources using a form, and annually help update and verify the information. WIIFY*:  Learn more about WordPress; provide a valuable service to members and possibly attract new members, helping us thrive. Plus, earn our undying gratitude. Business Directory listings: We also have the ability to create a business directory of member Instructional designers who offer their services as contractors. The volunteer would create an email asking IDL SIG members if they wish to be listed, gathering the necessary information and company logos, and posting them on our (WordPress) website using a form. Annually, the volunteer would also verify that IDs whose businesses are listed are still IDL SIG members, or pay a fee to remain listed. WIIFY*:  Learn more about WordPress; provide a valuable service to members, possibly attract new members (helping us thrive), and earn income for the SIG. And hey, you'd earn our undying gratitude. Advertising Liaison:  As above (Business Directory), but for advertisers. Update and maintain, and conduct a campaign to find advertisers (LMS providers, Madcap, Adobe, etc.) WIIFY*:  Learn more about WordPress; provide a valuable service to members, possibly earn income for the SIG. Additionally, you just might earn our undying gratitude. General Website Help: We need a volunteer (or four) who has done some work with WordPress to update several pages on the SIG website as outlined below. Each task is approximately one hour time commitment. WIIFY*: Learn more about WordPress, help our members stay current by providing timely, accurate information. Aaanddd:  earn our undying gratitude. Please send an email to if you can help with any of these jobs. sent gratefully, Mellissa Ruryk & Robert Hershenow, co-managers *WIIFY means What's In It For You! (made you look!)