Program Recap: Accessibility: Expanding the Reach of Your Technical Communication Work

On November 14, 2019, STC-SM hosted the program Accessibility: Expanding the Reach of Your Technical Communication Work at Washtenaw Community College (WCC). This program was presented by Jason Withrow who is an instructor at WCC and an accessibility specialist.

What is accessibility and web accessibility? Accessibility refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments to be usable by people with impairments. Web accessibility refers to the accessibility of websites. Continue reading “Program Recap: Accessibility: Expanding the Reach of Your Technical Communication Work”

Holiday Mixer: December 3 in Ann Arbor

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It’s the holiday season!

Join STC-SM for our annual holiday mixer on Tuesday, December 3, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.! Now that it’s almost the end of the year, let’s take a step back to reflect upon 2019 with friends. Everyone is welcome—you do not need to be a member of STC-SM to join us, so bring along a friend and join us for some great conversation and networking.

Please let us know that you plan to attend so that we know how many seats to reserve. We will meet in the bar area.

When: Tuesday, December 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 318 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104—parking is around back.

Cost: No cover charge, but you pay your own tab.

Reserve Your Seat

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Program Recap: Usability in Health and Medical Contexts

On September 18, Kirk St. Amant presented a webinar through STC describing how to tailor your writing in the medical field to the user’s specific situation. Kirk has numerous credentials teaching UX and technical communication at various universities, including Louisiana Tech, University of Limerick, Southeast University in China, and University of Strasbourg. He’s currently researching how cognitive processes affect the usability of technology in the medical field and in online education. Continue reading “Program Recap: Usability in Health and Medical Contexts”

Program Recap: Extended Reality and Tech Comm

On October 29, 2019, STC-SM hosted a program at Lawrence Technological University’s Centrepolis Accelerator. David Pollock, CEO of Mirari, walked us through the space, which included a Re’flekt XR station, 3D printers, a small shop to build products, and workspaces— all of which serve to connect businesses and students to drive innovation. Mirari became engaged with the facility from their work related to CAD/engineering model data consumption to produce lightweight 3D/CGI content for users. Users can then interact with the content quickly and easily on multiple devices for support and training. Continue reading “Program Recap: Extended Reality and Tech Comm”

Upcoming Program: Accessibility: Expanding the Reach of Your Technical Communication Work

On November 14, Jason Withrow will explore the accessibility concerns and pitfalls most relevant to technical communicators. The standards to follow when evaluating accessibility, as well as the tools that are commonly used, will also be discussed. Recent legal developments regarding accessibility in the United States will also be examined.

Please register by the end of business, Wednesday, November 13. Continue reading “Upcoming Program: Accessibility: Expanding the Reach of Your Technical Communication Work”

Virtual Coffee Meetup on November 13

Our next virtual coffee meetup is just around the corner! We’ll be meeting on Wednesday, November 13, from 12-1 p.m. EST. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-SM members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more! This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us!

When

 Wednesday, November 13
12–1 PM EST

Where

Zoom

Register here!

Please register by the end of business, November 12. We will send you instructions on how to join us.

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Extended Reality and Tech Comm

Extended reality (XR) blends interactive digital elements into a realistic environment. As technical communicators, we’re accustomed to looking forward and determining how new technologies affect our audience. So, how do tech comm and XR coexist, and what does tech comm mean within the context of XR?

Join us on Tuesday, October 29, to learn more about how XR provides value in technical communication, learning, and design. In this program, we will discuss XR today, emerging XR trends, and what tech comm in XR looks like. Our presenters will discuss tools technical communicators use to create content for XR and learn how to stay informed about the latest aspects of XR-related technology.

Please register for this program by Friday, October 25. Continue reading “Extended Reality and Tech Comm”

Book Club: Intertwingled

Mark your calendars! Our next virtual book club takes place on Thursday, November 7, from 7–9 p.m. Join us for an edifying discussion about Peter Morville’s book Intertwingled. Morville was the keynote speaker at the 2019 STC Summit in Denver, Colorado, and we are thrilled to take a deeper look at one of his recent books. During this discussion we’ll explore various points covered in the book as well as analyze how the topics influence technical communication of the past, present, and future. Continue reading “Book Club: Intertwingled”