STC Rochester Presents Spectrum 2020 Technical Communication Conference

Make plans now to attend STC Rochester’s 61st annual Spectrum Technical Communication conference, March 21-23, 2020, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. This year’s theme is The Expanding Spectrum of Technical Communication and will focus on the exciting and challenging scope of work we do now as technical communicators.

The keynote speaker is Louisiana Tech University professor Kirk St. Amant, whose talk, Dynamics of Cognition, Usability, and Design, will examine the psychology of usability in different design contexts. St. Amant is a familiar face to STC members as a popular speaker at the STC Summit and for his contributions to STC’s journal Technical Communication and to Intercom magazine. A complete schedule of presentations, workshops, and directions to the Rochester Institute of Technology can be found on the STC Rochester Chapter website.

In addition to the presentations and workshops, Spectrum is a great opportunity to network with fellow technical communicators. Conference registration is now open. See you at Spectrum 2020!

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.

Virtual Coffee Meetup on February 12

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting on Wednesday, February 12, 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, February 12
12–1 PM EST

Where

Zoom

Register here!

Please register by the end of business, February 11. We will send you instructions on how to join us.

I am registering for the networking event discussed in the post Virtual Coffee Meetup on February 12.

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

On Tuesday, January 21, muggle Jamye Sagan presented to the STC-SM and Northeastern Ohio Chapters about the lessons we can learn from Harry Potter professors when it comes to technical communication and instructional design.

One of the last things you were probably thinking about when you read the beloved Harry Potter series or watched the movies was technical communication. Sound about right? Not only is the series filled with magical adventures, contention between good and evil, and the development of friendship, but it’s also replete with examples of learning and teaching. Continue reading “Program Recap: What Harry Potter Professors Can Teach Us About Instructional Design”

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.

I am registering for the networking event discussed in the post Virtual Coffee Meetup on January 16.

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”