Developing Online Technical Writing Portfolios
October 5, 2010
Lisa Veasey, Instructor, English/Writing Department, Technical Writing Program Advisor
The Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC/SM) will offer our October 2010 STC/SM Program Meeting on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, hosted at Washtenaw Community College, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The program will focus on the development of Technical writing portfolios online, serving as the launch of the STC/SM Online Member Portfolio service through the STC/SM website, and including a keynote presentation by Lisa Veasey, Instructor, English/Writing Department, Technical Writing Program Advisor, Washtenaw Community College (WCC). Also, the program will include awards and recognition activities for the 2009-2010 term the chapter and a public transition of the STC/SM Council.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn and think about portfolio development for technical writers, network with your colleagues, and find out about new member services your STC/SM council has been developing. In addition, we will also hold a surprise door prize giveaway at the event for attendees—win your STC/SM T-shirt!
We look forward to the possibility of seeing you in a relaxed, professional setting, also including a catered dinner option for attendees. For more information or if you have any other questions, visit the STC/SM Chapter Programs webpage, or send an e-mail to the STC/SM Programs Manager. To register, send an e-mail to the STC/SM Registration Coordinator.
Focusing on portfolio techniques and development, the program also marks a formal, public transition of the STC/SM Council, including four main parts.
This event will offer a catered dinner option for attendees, starting at 6:00 PM. Buffet-style dinner option for $14: Artichoke Chicken, seared chicken in an artichoke infused veloute sauce, includes tossed garden salad, a vegetable medley, rice pilaf, rolls, butter, and beverages. (Note: The previous selection, Champagne Chicken, is no longer available. Artichoke chicken is a very similar dish—a chicken breast with a sauce.)
Awards and recognition activities for the 2009-2010 term the chapter, including the Distinguished Chapter Service Award presentation and formal announcement of the scholarship winner. Public transition of STC/SM Council and introductory remarks by chapter president Maryann Bowen.
Overview/presentation and launch of the STC/SM Online Member Portfolio service through the STC/SM website, presented by Mark Lockwood, STC/SM Past President. The STC/SM chapter is providing space through the chapter website to all of its members, primarily for the purpose of creating and maintaining an online portfolio for a professional job search. With STC/SM setting up and hosting a basic site, all you have to do is upload your resume and portfolio to get started. Where it goes from there is up to you, depending on your needs: you can upload text, photos, movies—whatever you think will best show off your skills to prospective employers.
Keynote presentation by Lisa Veasey, Instructor, English/Writing Department, Technical Writing Program Advisor, Washtenaw Community College (WCC). At the end of each semester, students in Lisa’s technical writing classes create portfolios to showcase their semester-long projects. Students have completed this assignment in a variety of ways, from creating web sites to preparing ePortfolios using Adobe Acrobat 9. Lisa will share some of her students’ past portfolios, and demonstrate how Adobe Acrobat 9 can be used to create an ePortfolio quickly and easily.
- Date: Tuesday, October 5
- Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Registration, networking, and dinner
- 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Welcome/introduction, and Chapter program presentation
- Place: Washtenaw Community College Room ML 103
4800 E. Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-4800
- Price: Please bring a check payable to STC/SM or cash at the door.
- Free to all college students
- $5 STC/SM Chapter members
- $10 STC members (not STC/SM)
$15 Non-members of STC
- Attendees who want the dinner option will need to pay an extra $14 in addition to program fees.
For this event, if possible, please register prior to the program by sending an e-mail. Guests of members and students, as well as the general public, are also welcome to attend this excellent educational and networking opportunity, so please let us know that you are coming and if you are bringing guests. If you are unable to register in advance, please feel free to come anyway. You can check in and pay at the door.
Please also indicate if you would like dinner, as we will be ordering it in advance; we will order a few extra dinners as well, so let us know if you want to eat whenever you register.
Washtenaw Community College is located in Ann Arbor, MI, within about an hour from most locations in southeastern Michigan. Visitors should look for the ML building on the east side of campus, which is adjacent to parking lots 1 and 2.
For your convenience, we have provided several links to MapQuest for you to create a custom map to the meeting. Go to a MapQuest webpage that automatically includes the "Ending Location", mapped to the address for the meeting.