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!
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.
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.
About Our Speaker
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Wednesday, February 12
12–1 PM EST
Please register by the end of business, February 11. We will send you instructions on how to join us.
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.
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!
Thursday, January 16
12–1 p.m. EST
Please register by the end of business on Wednesday, January 15. We will send you instructions on how to join us.
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!”
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.
Jan. 7 – 10, 2020
Note: Two-day tickets until Jan. 1, 2020 are $400.
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.
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.