Upcoming Program: What Harry Potter Professors Can Teach Us About Instructional Design

STC-SM and the Northeastern Ohio STC Chapter are hosting a joint webinar on January 21!

Join us on Tuesday, January 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. for the exciting webinar What Harry Potter Professors Can Teach Us About Instructional Design! During this event, speaker Jamye Sagan will take us on a magical journey to discuss prominent professors in the famous Harry Potter series and the lessons we can learn from them to improve our instructional design techniques and technical communication skills. Continue reading “Upcoming Program: What Harry Potter Professors Can Teach Us About Instructional Design”

Virtual Coffee Meetup on January 16

It’s our first virtual coffee meetup for the new year! We’ll be meeting on Thursday, January 16, 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

Thursday, January 16
12–1 p.m. EST

Where

Zoom

Register here!

Please register by the end of business on Wednesday, January 15. We will send you instructions on how to join us.

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Start the New Decade with New Opportunities!

It’s not only a new year around the corner; it’s a new decade! Why not kick it off with a renewed sense of purpose in your personal and professional growth? STC-SM has a wealth of opportunities in 2020 for you to add a new volunteer role, council member title, or published article to your resume. Or perhaps you just want to expand your network and engage with other technical communicators? How about gaining leadership experience? Fortunately, our chapter offers ways for you to explore all of these areas, and more! Continue reading “Start the New Decade with New Opportunities!”

Learn About UX at CodeMash This January

CodeMash is a conference in Sandusky, Ohio that provides developers education on current methodologies, trends, and tools in the field.

This conference includes sessions on design, UI, and user experience (UX). Learn about accessibility, CSS, data visualizations, user experience, usability testing, and other topics. Check the session schedule for details.

Expand your knowledge and gain skills about the user perspective by attending this conference.

Details

Jan. 7 – 10, 2020
Sandusky, Ohio
Kalahari Resort

Note: Two-day tickets until Jan. 1, 2020 are $400.

An Interview with Mary Jo David, STC Associate Fellow

On May 7, 2019, Mary Jo David was awarded the STC Associate Fellow award at the 2019 STC Summit in Denver, Colorado. Mary Jo David is a member of the STC Southeastern Michigan Chapter, and we couldn’t be more happy for her! The STC Associate Fellow is a prestigious award within the technical communication community; it honors long-standing STC members who have contributed their time and dedication to the field of technical communication.

Featured, left to right: Jane Wilson (STC immediate past president), Mary Jo David, and Ben Woelk (current STC president).

After the Summit, we interviewed Mary Jo, and we would like to share some of her insight with you. Keep reading to learn more about Mary Jo and her journey as a technical communicator. Continue reading “An Interview with Mary Jo David, STC Associate Fellow”

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

Photo by Chris Chow on Unsplash.

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”