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”

May 22: The Power of Single-Sourcing in Ann Arbor

Every day, technical communications professionals are faced with maintaining their current productivity in the face of increasing product complexity, increasing number of languages, increasing volume of documentation, increasing product overlap and shorter product life cycles.

No matter how large or small, how new or how old your company is, or what technology or service your company provides, these challenges must be met without the luxury of expanded resources. Continue reading “May 22: The Power of Single-Sourcing in Ann Arbor”

NEO STC Presents the Fourth Industrial Revolution on April 11

Our friends in northeast Ohio have invited Peter “Scotch” Scocimara, Senior Director, Cloud Support, Google Cloud, to speak on April 11, 2019, about The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Preparing for an A.I. World. Fittingly, this event  will be held through Gotomeeting. For more information and to register, go to the EventBrite listing.

Upcoming Program March 12: Technical Writing: Passion and Purpose

We all need passion and purpose in life, whether we’re going for a degree, getting started with a career, or working as an experienced technical writer. In this program, Dave Robbins pulls from his decades of experience in the field to share career insights focused on putting users first. He’ll provide examples of documentation and user help, and you’ll gain some helpful perspectives about technical writing.

Please register by Monday, March 11. Continue reading “Upcoming Program March 12: Technical Writing: Passion and Purpose”

Virtual Open House on Thursday, January 31

A new year is here, and it is full of possibilities…so let’s talk about them! As the snow swirls outside, you can join us from the comfort of your home for a virtual open house on Thursday, January 31 to hear about what’s happening in the STC-SM chapter, learn more about the STC-SM council members, and meet other chapter members! Continue reading “Virtual Open House on Thursday, January 31”

November Panel Update

Chalice Randazzo

We are delighted to announce that Chalice Randazzo, Assistant Professor at Eastern Michigan University, will be joining us. She completes our panel for the November 28 program.

Randazzo teaches technical communication, usability, and writing. Her research and publications explore cultural and practical approaches to U.S. resumes. In reference to computer-mediated communication, she will bring her perspective as someone who completed her bachelor’s degree and one year of her PhD online.

Upcoming Program: Part 2 of Face-to-Face Versus Computer-Mediated Communication

Since we spent the majority of our time on face-to-face communication last October, we will be continuing the discussion focusing on computer-mediated communication. Love it or hate it, we all have to work with it, at least sometimes. Bring your questions and join us at Lawrence Tech on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to continue our discussion. Please register by Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

Our panelists will include:

  • Maryann Bowen, STC Associate Fellow and Senior Manager of Education and User Experience at Saphran, Inc.,
  • Steven D. Krause, Professor of Rhetoric and Writing, Eastern Michigan University, and
  • Rich Leazer, Manager, Documentation and Publishing Health Information Technology & Services, at University of Michigan.

Corinne Stavish, Director of the Technical and Professional Communication Program at Lawrence Tech, will moderate the discussion. Continue reading “Upcoming Program: Part 2 of Face-to-Face Versus Computer-Mediated Communication”

STC-SM Virtual Book Club to Launch in December

Are you interested in reading books related to writing, editing, grammar, and technical communication? Do you want to participate in discussions with technical communicators?

STC-SM is launching a virtual book club that will meet twice a year to discuss a selected book within the field of writing, editing, design, and other topics specific to technical communication. Our first book club event will take place using our STC-SM Slack workspace to get to know one another, discuss different concepts in the book, and apply what we’ve learned in our profession. Continue reading “STC-SM Virtual Book Club to Launch in December”