Spring Conferences Are in the Air

Spring is finally here, and so is a wide array of professional conferences to attend. You may remember my recap of the STC Summit last year and my belief in the value of attending professional conferences. With the long, dreary winter days behind us, spring is the perfect time to reenergize, set new goals, expand your network, learn something new, and reawaken that drive to advance your career, or even consider a career change. Continue reading “Spring Conferences Are in the Air”

Book Review

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, by Mary Norris

I will admit that I began reading Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen expecting a sort of grammar textbook, but that’s not the case at all. Although I would highly suggest having an interest in grammar before reading this book, it would be worth reading just because it is refreshing. It was wonderful to be able to experience grammar in such an entertaining way. Mary Norris adopted a writing style that is witty and mischievous. Her sense of humor was displayed immediately, just from the table of contents: Continue reading “Book Review”

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”