Instructional Design & Learning SIG Student Outreach Article Competition

The Instructional Design & Learning (IDL) special interest group of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) invites your graduate- and undergraduate-level students to become published before graduating. Here are the basics of the program:
  • Undergraduate- or graduate-level students submit an original article to us about some aspect of instructional design. If we choose to publish it in our newsletter, IDeaL: Design for Learning, the student receives a complimentary STC student membership, which includes a membership in the IDL Special Interest Group (SIG).
  • With the student’s permission, once we publish their article we will submit it to STC’s Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK). If the editors decide to include the student’s article in the TCBOK, he or she earns an additional year’s STC/IDL membership (or an equivalent award if they no longer qualify for student membership because they’ve graduated).
  • Once published, students can link to their article from their résumé and possibly on their LinkedIn profile page—ideally gaining an edge in becoming employed after graduation.
Attached is a flier describing the program in more detail. It directs students to to get the entry packet for submitting an article. Kindly do the following to inform your students of this offer:
  • Print the attached flier and post it where students will see it.
  • Mention the opportunity when your class meets.
  • Forward this email and attachment to students.
  • Stress the deadline of December 31, 2016.
We hope your students will take advantage of this win-win opportunity to be published before graduating! Sincerely, Student Outreach Committee IDL SIG of STC  

Free Online Webinar: Virtual International Collaboration

The STC Academic SIG invites faculty and students to join Rajdeep Gupta as he discusses Virtual International Collaboration on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. CDT (-5 GMT). Register: The free, online webinar will take place in Adobe Connect. (Note the speaker is based in India.) You don’t have to be an STC member to attend. Register at the link below, and we will send you login instructions prior to the event. Faculty and students can register individually, or if you are a faculty member and want to project the webinar in a classroom setting, please register for yourself and indicate that you plan to share the webinar with your class or organization: Webinar topic: Based on the collaborations conducted with different groups of American, Chinese, and Indian students, Rajdeep discusses the principles of effective strategies for conducting virtual international collaborations with students in technical communication. International collaboration has expanded student and instructor learning and has opened up intriguing possibilities. The presentation can assist instructors to develop successful virtual intercultural collaborations that prepare students for the workplace. Profile: Rajdeep Gupta has 10+ years’ experience in Technical Communication, Sales and Marketing, Project Management, and Translation. He has worked for Infosys, Misys, and Author-it before starting Blue Dots Consultancy Services. At present, he is the Managing Director of Blue Dots. He has approximately 3500 training hours teaching professionals such as software developers, technical writers, project managers and others in XML and DITA, Cloud, CMS, and Customer Focused Documentation. Rajdeep is a former STC India Chapter President, and also has held several other chapter officer roles. In 2012, he received the STC Distinguished Chapter Service Award. Rajdeep has an MBA in Information Systems and a Diploma in Cyber Laws. Questions:

Student Infographic Competition!!

Student Infographic Competition 2016

  • 16 April 2016: deadline for infographic submission
  • 17 May 2016: prizes presented at the STC Summit Honors Reception, Anaheim, CA.
Winners: Winning entries will be featured on the STC website and as a complement to the Salary Survey download. Infographics will be published in STC’s award-winning magazine, Intercom. The winner in each category also will receive a cash prize of $250.00 which will be presented at the Summit Honors Reception in Anaheim, CA, on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. Details: Questions: Lisa Meloncon

Volunteer Positions at the Summit Available for STC Student Members

Summit 2016: Anaheim, California, May 15-18, 2016 Volunteer position descriptions and requirements: Volunteer application: Deadline: Applications need to be submitted by April 6, 2016 (See Application for submission instructions) Benefits:  Volunteers receive complimentary registration (a $200 value) for the Summit. This enables them to visit the exhibit hall, attend all the receptions, enjoy the coffee breaks and other networking events. In addition, like the other attendees who pay the full price for the Summit, volunteers will receive complimentary access to the Summit Playback. This will enable them to view the sessions they might have missed due to their volunteer responsibilities. Questions: Liz Herman, Student Volunteer Coordinator at   or  Elaine Gilliam, STC’s meeting manager at

Students: Invitation To Attend Technical Editing SIG Watercooler Chat!

Title: Technical Editing SIG Open House Description: Ann Marie Queeney (SIG co-manager) will briefly present about the SIG (goals, membership benefits, volunteer opportunities, and the new TEAM rewards program); a Q&A will follow afterwards. A member of the STC CAC (Community Affairs Committee) will also be in attendance. Date: Wed, Mar 16 from 12–1pm Eastern Details Questions? Bernadette Cash

State of the SIG

By Pam Estes Brewer, SIG Manager The Academic SIG is flourishing! When I think about where we have come in the last three years, I am amazed. Even more amazing is that we have fun doing it. Here are just a few highlights from the past year. We have: • Launched an electronic newsletter. • Offered the Academic SIG Partnership Pre-Conference for a fourth year to an audience of 70+ technical communication professionals, educators, and students. The 2014 pre-conference was held 25 September in Colorado Springs. It ran back to back with CPTSC and ACM SIGDOC—three conferences together. • Launched the third annual Student Poster Competition for the STC Summit, complete with great prizes and incentives (besides the incredible opportunity to network). • Welcomed a new Assistant Manager for the SIG, Dr. Lisa Meloncon. This is the result of our first annual election. • Supported the regeneration of the STC Body of Knowledge. • Piloted a MentorBoard for students and academics. • Coordinated efforts with the STC Board that have resulted in all student members’ receiving a complimentary membership to the SIG with their Society membership. We want to be the welcoming point for students. • Seen our members win a number of research and teaching awards including the Frank R. Smith and Gould awards. In the coming year, we plan to expand our efforts to: • Establish a research grant or scholarship and pursue funding to enrich these offerings. • Offer webinars of interest to students and educators. • Pursue a rejuvenated Academic Programs database. • Build a critical mass for the MentorBoard. • Build our presence in social media. • Make sure that our membership receives excellent opportunities that support them professionally. I want to place exclamation points everywhere because we are doing outstanding work and making connections for our membership. And for the first time, we have talented people just waiting for opportunities to contribute to our initiatives. The STC Academic SIG is the place to be. We want you to be a part of our mission: The STC Academic SIG is a community of educators, practitioners, and students. We mentor young professionals to become future leaders in the field of technical communication and support the exchange of knowledge between academia and industry.

Pre-Conference Registration

Register now for the STC Academic SIG Pre-Conference on 25 September 2014, the day before the CPTSC Conference, at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The Pre-Conference is free of charge. Online registration is available until 16 September 2014; after that date, registration will be taken at the door. The Pre-Conference format has changed this year: it is shorter (12:45 pm - 5:15pm) and features concurrent sessions and technology workshops. You can view the overall schedule here, and read about the sessions and presenters here. 2014PlaceholderBanner