Join Us September 22 for the STC-MGL Virtual Open House

Welcome to the 2020–2021 program year! We are kicking it off as the newly formed STC Michigan Great Lakes, STC-MGL, chapter. We look forward to working with you as we create deeper connections and strengthen our tech comm community.

To begin this program year, we are holding a virtual open house! Please join us on Tuesday, September 22 from 7–8:30 p.m. EDT, where you’ll have an opportunity to learn about STC and STC-MGL, meet our newly elected council members, and hear about the different ways you can grow personally and professionally through our upcoming networking events and programs.

This virtual open house is open to all and will be a perfect opportunity to learn, ask questions, tell us more about yourself, and share any ideas you have about the direction the STC-MGL chapter will take this fall and next spring!

When

Tuesday, September 22, 7–8:30 p.m. EDT

Where

Virtual using Zoom

Register here!

Please register by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 21. We will send you instructions on how to join us.

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Webinar: Mastering Your Website

Join us on Thursday, June 4, 2020, for the webinar, Mastering Your Website, presented by Timothy Esposito.

About the Webinar

You have created your domain, selected a hosting company, and installed WordPress. Your site is up and running, but is fairly straightforward and simple, and missing its 15 pieces of flair. Learn how to improve your site by integrating social media, mail lists, event calendars, and more. Go under the hood and tighten security, scan for viruses, have Google analyze your site visits, optimize for search engines, and FTP files to/from your web server. Work towards mastering your website!

About the Audience

This webinar is for those currently serving as webmasters, are incoming webmasters, or are interested in learning more about using WordPress and cPanel for their website.

About Our Speaker

Timothy Esposito is the incoming STC Secretary and an STC Fellow with over 20 years of technical communication experience. He has been the President, VP, treasurer, webmaster, and scholarship manager of the STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter. He lives just outside Philadelphia with his wife and son.

When

Thursday, June 4, 2020
7–8:30 p.m.

Please register by the close of business Wednesday, June 3, so that we have time to send you the login information prior to the event.

Where

Zoom

Cost

  • Students: free
  • STC members*: $10
  • Non-members: $20

* Honorary members for the evening: employees of the sponsoring organization and members of partner organizations (UXPA, CHI, and ASTD)

What Every Technical Communicator Should Know About Content Strategy

Join us on Tuesday, April 21, for the webinar “What every technical Communicator should know about content strategy,” presented by Guiseppe Getto.

Technical content is often the most valuable content we have at our disposal as technical communicators—and the most underutilized. It gets relegated to FAQ sections of our websites and off-site help documentation wikis. In this webinar, you’ll learn the secrets to leveraging your existing technical content into a robust content funnel that can help you attract, land, and retain consumers who are hungry for this type of information! You’ll also receive a ton of resources, including exclusive access to information from Guiseppe Getto’s new book, Content Strategy in Technical Communication.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • What content strategy is and how it can help you be a better technical communicator
  • Why technical content is essential for the customer journey
  • What types of technical content consumers are most hungry for
  • What channels you should be using to deliver your technical content right into the laps of prospective and returning customers
  • We hope you will join us!

About our Speaker

Guiseppe Getto is an Associate Professor of Technical and Professional Communication at East Carolina University and is President and Founder of Content Garden, Inc., a digital marketing and UX consulting firm. He consults with small businesses and nonprofits from a variety of industries who want to develop better content, better SEO, better writing, better websites, better user experiences, and better reach for their target consumers. He has taught at the college level for over fifteen years. During that time, he has also consulted and formed research and service-learning partnerships with many nonprofits and businesses, from technical writing firms to homeless shelters to startups. He is also a poet. His first book, Familiar History, is currently available from Finishing Line Press. Read more about him at: http://guiseppegetto.com.

When

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
7–8:30 p.m.

Please register by Monday, April 20, so that we have time to send you the login information prior to the event.

Where

Zoom

Cost

  • Students: free
  • STC members*: $10
  • Non-members: $20

* Honorary members for the evening: employees of the sponsoring organization and members of sister organizations (UXPA, CHI, and ASTD)

Venue Change for Agile IRL on March 26

Due to the evolving coronavirus situation, we will be holding our Agile IRL program on Zoom on March 26. See Coming Up: Agile IRL for more information about the program and our speaker.

When

Thursday, March 26, 2020
7–8:30 p.m.

Please register by Wednesday, March 25, so we have time to send you the login information prior to the event.

Where

Zoom

Cost

  • Students: free
  • STC members*: $10
  • Non-members: $20

* Honorary members for the evening: employees of the sponsoring organization and members of sister organizations (UXPA, CHI, and ASTD)

Coming Up: Agile IRL

On March 26, Heather Shelly will share some of the lessons she has learned as a technical writer moving from traditional software development into an Agile environment. Approximately 72% of organizations now develop software using an Agile methodology, and job postings list Agile skillsets and knowledge as “nice to have” or “required.” When you research Agile, there’s plenty information about Agile if you work in Development or Quality Assurance, but there’s not much about Agile IRL for technical communicators.

Join us to learn more about what to expect on your first Agile project, strategies for planning and tracking your work, and how to manage your workload and deadlines in an Agile environment.

Please register by the end of business, Wednesday, March 25.

When

Thursday, March 26, 2020
7–8:30 p.m.

Where

Zoom

Lawrence Technological University
A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center, C406
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075

Cost

  • Students: free with ID
  • STC members*: $10
  • Non-members: $20

* Honorary members for the evening: employees of the sponsoring organization and members of sister organizations (UXPA, CHI, and ASTD)

About our speaker

Heather Shelly is an Information Developer at Siemens Digital Industries, where she writes software documentation for end users and system administrators. Before Siemens, Heather worked for more years than she cares to admit in the commercial hardware, commercial software, and oil and gas industries.

Heather’s educational background includes a Master of Science in Occupational Technology (in plain English that’s Instructional Design) and a Bachelor of Science in Professional Writing. Both degrees are from the University of Houston.

Register for This Program

Please register by the end of business, Wednesday, March 25.

STC Body of Knowledge: Know Your STC Resources

The STC Body of Knowledge (BOK) is a developing tool for the field of technical communication and stands to become part of our professional identity. In this presentation, Dr. Pam Estes Brewer shares some BOK basics: why it’s important, how to use it for work and studying for certification, and how to contribute to its development.

When

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
7-8:30 p.m. EST

Please register by Monday, February 17, so we have time to send you the login information prior to the event.

Where

Zoom

About Our Speaker

Dr. Pam Estes Brewer

Dr. Pam Estes Brewer teaches in the Department of Technical Communication at Mercer University and directs the online MS in Technical Communication Management. She is a Fellow in the Society for Technical Communication and a member of the IEEE Professional Communication Society. She has published one book, International Virtual Teams: Engineering Global Success, and is working as second author on the second edition of A Research Primer for Technical Communication. She is an Associate Editor for Transactions on Professional Communication and an editor for the new IEEE training series English for Engineers. Contact her at https://www.linkedin.com/in/pamestesbrewer/ or brewer_pe@mercer.edu.

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”

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”

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”

Join Us at Our Virtual Open House September 17

Fall is quickly approaching—it’s the time of year for introspection, reflection, and growth, as we evaluate what we have accomplished over the year and what we hope to achieve in the next.

If you’re considering ways to develop professionally as a technical communicator, or if you want to meet other technical communicators in Southeastern Michigan, please join STC-SM for our virtual open house on Tuesday, September 17, from 7–8:30 PM EST. You will learn more about STC and STC-SM, meet our council members, and hear about the different ways you can grow personally and professionally through our upcoming networking events and programs. Continue reading “Join Us at Our Virtual Open House September 17”