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Call for STC/SM Officer Nominations

Nominations are now open for the July 2016–June 2017 program year elections, with voting planned for mid-May. If you have a chapter member in mind that you think would make a great officer (and that can include yourself!), we encourage you to send your ideas or any questions to nominations@stc-sm.org. Please note that candidates must be chapter members. Continue reading “Call for STC/SM Officer Nominations”

STC/SM Officer Nominations Update

by Tom Glennan Immediate STC/SM Past President

Nominations are still open for the upcoming election of STC/SM officers for the July 2016 – June 2017 program year. Since my last posting, our current treasurer, Maryann Bowen, has agreed to run again for that position, and our current secretary, Alison Phillips, has agreed to run for the position of vice president. With current vice-president Sharon McDonnell set to assume the post of president, the position of secretary is the only council seat remaining without a nomination. So one or more candidates for this council position are still being sought, and additional candidates for the other council seats are still welcome as well (the more, the merrier, as they say).

The chapter officer elections will be opened in the next few weeks, so please watch for the announcement and be sure to vote for the candidate of your choice. And if you have a chapter member in mind that you think would make a great officer (and that can include yourself!), we encourage you to send your ideas or any questions to nominations@stc-sm.org. Please note that candidates must be chapter members.

 

 

April 21 Program Meeting: Using Brainshark to boost provider communications and training

Join us for our April 21 program at 6:30 p.m-8:30 p.m.

Location: Omni Building – 26899 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield, MI. Emerald Conference Room, first floor; enter the north entrance, check in with Security and they will direct you to the conference room next door.

The program “Using Brainshark to boost provider communications and training” will share the presenter’s expertise and sample works on how to use the web-based presentation tool Brainshark for various communications and training purpose, in order to maximize target stakeholder – provider experience.

Join us to learn:

  • Why Brainshark?
  • The history of Brainshark in BCBSM
  • What do we use it for? And samples
  • A quick process: how does it work?
  • Guestbook, survey and assessment
  • Tracking and Reporting

Register Now

For questions, contact programs@stc-sm.org

Presenter:

Bei Hua,
Senior Instructional Designer,Bei
Project Lead

Bei is a Project Consultant at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. She specializes in eLearning design, development and project management. Prior to joining BCBSM in 2005, she was a learning consultant for General Motors University for five years. She has delivered over 50 online training courses herself. In addition, she has been involved in more projects with her design and project management roles.

Bei believes in selecting communications and training tools, designing and developing products centered around the user. She is familiar with various development tools used for creating online communications and training. She emphasizes the importance of good planning, research and overall program design.

Bei earned her Bachelor’s Education degree in China, Master’s in Educational Administration from Eastern Illinois University and her Educational Specialist Certificate from Wayne State University in Instructional Technology.

STC/SM Earns Pacesetter Award for 2015

We received a very nice note Thursday, March 31, from MaryKay Grueneberg, who is the Pacesetter Award Evaluation Committee Chair:

As a member of the Pacesetter Award Evaluation Committee, it is my honor and pleasure to inform you that the Southeastern Michigan Chapter has earned the Pacesetter Award for the 2015 activity year. The citation on your certificate will read:

“For successfully promoting STC webinars and sharing their benefits with your community through your creative ‘Choose Your Own Learning Adventure’ program”

Congratulations to all members of the Southeastern Michigan Chapter on a job well done and for being an example for all STC communities.

Essay Contest Now Open!

Update: The essay contest ended March 28, 2016.
Our chapter’s professional members are invited to compete to win a Summit 2016 registration by writing an essay. The winning essay will be published on our TECHcomments blog, and the winner will be invited to be one of the presenters at our September 2016 Summit recap, as well as to post to the blog from Summit 2016. Continue reading “Essay Contest Now Open!”

March 10 Program: Why Tech Writers Have the Potential to Become Great Business Analysts

Join us for our upcoming March 10 program on Why Tech Writers Have the Potential to Become Great Business Analysts.

Details:
Washtenaw Community College
Liberal Arts building
Room LA376

Date:
Thursday, March 10

Networking and light refreshments at 6:30pm, program 7-8pm, closing remarks 8-8:30pm.

Register Now
Questions? Contact programs@stc-sm.org

Program Overview:

  • Describe the roles and tasks that people perform to develop and maintain software
  • Describe the skills that Business Analysts (BA) and Technical Writers share
  • Describe BA skills and processes that may be new to some Technical Writers
  • Prepare you to work with Business Analysts and perhaps transition into a BA position

About the presenter:
Christine Pellar-Kosbar is an Information Services Analyst at Arbor christineResearch Collaborative for Health. She currently writes requirements and test plans for applications that allow researchers to study rare liver and kidney diseases. Over the last twenty-five years, she has written technical documentation of all kinds, taught technical writing, and analyzed business systems in non-profit and corporate settings.

 

Update on the Latest Website Update

A few weeks ago, we had a snafu caused by a parent theme that was not updated when WordPress was.

What you are looking at is an intermediate step: I’ve removed the offending theme, applied a new one, and started to work on a child theme for STC/SM. It is a work in progress, so please bear with me. You will notice little things changing over the next couple of weeks; I will try not to make it too disorienting.