Camtasia: a Recap

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, we convened at Washtenaw Community College for an excellent presentation on creating video with Camtasia, a video editor and screen recorder that produces cross-platform files. TechSmith’s Andrea Perry spoke briefly about the increasing role of video in instructional design, then showed and reverse-engineered the process of creating a short video, Camtasia Behaviors.
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STC-SM Earns Silver CAA Award

the STC Silver Community Achievement Award logo
We received a very nice note from the Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee congratulating all members of STC-SM for earning a silver CAA award:

For continuing to provide quality programs to your members by offering a full schedule of face-to-face programs and by participating in and hosting an STC multi-chapter virtual/live TechComm Showcase.

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IUE Conference is Back in Ann Arbor

IUE2017 will be at the Morris Lawrence Conference Center, on the east side of Washtenaw Community College’s campus on the eastern edge of Ann Arbor. The conference runs from 1 pm on Monday, April 24, through 5 pm on Tuesday, April 25. Peter Morville will give the opening keynote presentation, and Stephanie Rosenbaum will give the keynote presentation on Tuesday. Continue reading “IUE Conference is Back in Ann Arbor”

CyberLaw and You: What New Media Communicators Must Know

Christopher Juillet, STC Fellow and STC-SM chapter member, will be presenting a talk for Northeast Ohio STC on Thursday, March 9, about legal issues that could affect technical communicators who develop content for or do business on the internet.

If you are planning to be in or near Cleveland on March 9— Beechwood is a suburb east of Cleveland — the presentation will be at Homewood Suites by Hilton, Cleveland-Beachwood. Preregistration is required.

STC Society Election 2017 Is Open

The 2017 election slate is now available. Members have to have paid their dues by February 1 to vote. An email from STC Election,at intelliscaninc.net, should have arrived in your Inbox on February 27. There is a link, your member number, and a password for you to use. For your vote to count, you must click Submit Vote after reviewing it.

Voting closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 10.

If you have not received an email, but you paid your dues before February 1, email STC.

Using Camtasia: A Video-Creation Tool for Documentation Professionals

This presentation will introduce the topic of instructional design as it relates to help content and show how to make a video tutorial.

We’ll reverse engineer a high-performing tutorial video and show the steps it took to create it. This will provide participants with the opportunity to see how instructional design concepts are applied in the practical process of video creation. Register here. Continue reading “Using Camtasia: A Video-Creation Tool for Documentation Professionals”

News From Nearby STC Chapters

We’ve received links from nearby chapters that may be of interest to you.

The Northeast Ohio chapter’s Line & Letters newsletter has some interesting posts to check out, including a tip for identifying passive voice with zombies and a recap of an STC webinar about search engine optimization.

Chicago’s chapter takes a different approach. They post a bimonthly PDF newsletter, Byline, which covers local and national STC news.

Reading news from nearby chapters will give you more of an idea about STC as a whole. Thank you to MK Grueneberg of STC Chicago and Sara Buchanan of NEO STC for sending the links.

Recap of Panel on Trends in Tech Comm

by Sasha Nicole Strait

On Monday, February 13, panelists John Baker, Rich Leazer, and Bob Powell convened in the Welcome Center at Lawrence Tech to focus on three questions:

  1. Why does communication matter in the workplace?
  2. What types of internal and external communication are used?
  3. How is communication accomplished and what are the trends?
Panelists John Baker, Rich Leazer, and Bob Powell listen as moderator Corinne Stavish speaks.

Throughout the discussion, the panel focused on the need to be clear and concise, provide context, and be correct. They considered anticipating users’ needs, understanding audience, and the importance of interpersonal communication regardless of changing technology.  Continue reading “Recap of Panel on Trends in Tech Comm”

Introducing Our Panelists for the Trends in Tech Comm Program

We would like to introduce the three panelists who are joining us on Monday evening, February 13, at Lawrence Tech’s Welcome Center for our program, Trends in Tech Comm: Bob Powell, retired GM Technical Fellow/Battery Systems Lab Group Manager; Rich Leazer, Manager—DocTrain, Education & Training, Health Information Technology & Services at the University of Michigan; and John Baker, a supervisor at Thomson-Reuters and recent Lawrence Tech graduate. Continue reading “Introducing Our Panelists for the Trends in Tech Comm Program”