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A well-designed and executed portfolio can help significantly in the job search process. This course will take the participant through a step-by-step process for planning, designing, organizing, and producing a digital portfolio that exemplifies their technical skills and abilities as well as their other communication skills. In the process of producing their portfolio, participants will learn about the different areas in the technical communication field (Technical Writer, UX... Details
When: October 2 – November 6, 2018
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The course will include a review of sub-skills learned in Tech Adapt 1 while expanding those sub-skills. Using advanced Microsoft Word and PowerPoint as well as Adobe Creative Cloud products, participants will practice adaptability skills while creating portfolio-worthy documents. In the end, participants will be able to expand the skills section of their resumes while building skills for encountering any new technology. The ideal participant for this workshop will be a student or a... Details
When: August 9 – September 13, 2018
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Today’s interconnected global economy means almost all of us are • or will be • engaged in some sort of international project or process. What skills do technical communicators need to succeed in this international business context? This course will focus on answering this question by examining the dynamics technical communicators need to understand to work effectively in a range of international situations • from creating content for audiences from other cultures to working in... Details
When: August 7–28, 2018
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Behind every great technical writer is a great technical editor. Or at least there would be in an ideal world. And, even more importantly, there'd be a technical editor behind every non-writer who produces documentation. We are tech support for the writers-whoever they may be. And we are the users' final advocates before they encounter the documentation. But how do we decide what support to give? What do we base our decisions on? How do we convey it to the writers, and how do we... Details
When: July 18 – August 22, 2018
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Technological adaptability is the ability to learn technology quickly or deal with technology issues efficiently and with confidence. A required skill for technical communicators today, we can expect even more need for this skill as we move into a future filled with interesting technology. In this course, participants will learn about technological adaptability and the vital need for this skill in our field. They will learn how to cultivate this skill and then expand upon it.... Details
When: June 21 – July 26, 2018
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Technical communication is an exciting and challenging career that offers unlimited opportunity for professional development. But to succeed, it's not enough to learn a desktop publishing or Help authoring tool-you need to master the analysis process. This is a thinking person's dream career! TechComm Fundamentals Bootcamp is the fastest, most efficient way to jump-start your career in technical communication. It covers key theory that you can immediately apply to your work, as well... Details
When: June 5 – March 15, 2018
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Summit registration includes general sessions, all education sessions Monday through Wednesday, all receptions and refreshment breaks, and entrance to the Exhibit Hall. The preconference sessions have an additional registration fee. Unless otherwise noted all preconference sessions are on Sunday. If you encounter any issues when registering, back-out of the registration page. For assistance contact STC's meeting manager, Elaine Gilliam, at summit@stc.org, or directly at... Details
When: May 20–23, 2018
Where: Orlando, FL
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Everyone wants a quick fix, a new shiny app to solve all of their problems. A checklist is not a sexy tool, but the right checklist, one personalized for you and your publication task, can make a big impact in your productivity and consistency. But don't pull a random checklist off the web; come to this webinar to learn how to make your own personalized checklist that can help you differentiate workflows, systems, and activities; spell out style and formatting details, track your... Details
When: May 9, 2018
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Free Chapter/SIG Member-Only Webinar. Your charts suck! You've spent massive resources on research and analysis, but when it comes time to present your results, your default charts from PowerPoint are nothing special. Learn how to apply core data visualization design principles to create charts that clearly make your audience go "Ah-ha!" Product managers, data analysts, engineers, designers and researchers are often expected to effectively communicate their insights to non-data... Details
When: May 2, 2018
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Have you ever wondered why certain designs will work with some individuals, but not others? Or why certain items seem inherently "usable" while others are not? In many cases, it's about how the brain processes and perceives information. And the better we can understand such processes, the more effectively we can design materials to meet the usability expectations of different audiences. "Cognition and Usability: Applying Principles from Cognitive Science to User Experience... Details
When: May 1–22, 2018