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Webinar Recording: Lessons Learned from the 2017 Summit

Webinar Recording: Lessons Learned from the 2017 Summit

STC West Coast Chapter’s first online webinar covered a summary of what president Serena Beck learned from the first STC Summit she attended: “Lessons Learned from the 2017 STC Summit.” The webinar took place on October 24, 2017. In her webinar you can listen to her summary from 7 different speaker sessions that she attended…

Five students are 2018 membership recipients

Five students are 2018 membership recipients

The STC Canada West Coast chapter is excited to announce that five BCIT technical writing students in Vancouver will receive free 2018 STC student memberships. The five students are (top row, left to right) Brian Weatherby from Delta, Verna Lethbridge from Maple Ridge, Kushanie Tilakaratne from Coquitlam, (bottom row, left to right) Sharole Tylor from…

STC Canada West Coast chapter offers sponsorship of 10 student memberships

STC Canada West Coast chapter offers sponsorship of 10 student memberships

In 2017, the STC Canada West Coast chapter awarded 6 students an STC membership. For 2018, the Society for Technical Communication (STC) Canada West Coast chapter is pleased to cover the $65 (US) annual STC student membership fee for up to 10 post-secondary students in British Columbia. To be eligible, students must provide proof of…

What is an instructional designer?

What is an instructional designer?

What is instructional design? Instructional design is the development of education materials, content, and delivery modes. Analysis of learner needs is an important initial stage, as is the identification of desired learning outcomes. Education technology is highly viable – you’ll hear terms like LX (learner experience) and LMS (learning management system) drawing from everything from…

Event report: Preparing Content for Mobile

Event report: Preparing Content for Mobile

Robert Desprez’s presentation on preparing content for mobile on June 3, 2017, proved to be informative for technical communication professionals of all background and skill sets. Particularly interesting to the largely tech writing audience was Robert’s view on current trends in mobile use, and how tech writers are responding to this changing platform. How are…

What is an Information Designer?

  We can think of technical communication as one large, continuously developing field, and information design as a related discipline or additional skill made up of graphic design, human factors design, and writing. Famous examples of information design take us back to Florence Nightingale’s Diagram of the Causes of Mortality and Charles Minard’s Carte figurative…

Six students qualify for membership sponsorships

The STC Canada West Coast chapter is pleased to announce that six technical writing students in the Lower Mainland and Victoria will receive free 2017 student memberships in the STC. The six students are Phoebe Atienza from Surrey; Owen Schellenberger from Victoria; Jay McKiernan from Port Coquitlam; and Amy Takeda, Alison Gilpin, and Chris Powell…

Interview Practice for Technical Communicators: Interviewees and Interviewers

Interview Practice for Technical Communicators: Interviewees and Interviewers

Whether in-person, via the web, or phone, interviews can be daunting for the job candidate and the interviewer. While a job candidate typically experiences some nervous energy as they focus on what to say, interviewers must elicit the information they need from the candidate to help determine suitability for the job. During an interview, the…

What is a technical illustrator?

What is a technical illustrator?

(This is the first in a series of articles exploring the world of technical communication from the perspective of specific job titles and functions. This month’s article looks at technical illustrators.) A technical illustrator creates illustrations that visually communicate complex technical information. These illustrations include drawings, diagrams or photographs that convey accurate proportions and dimensions,…

Should You Become a Contractor?

Should You Become a Contractor?

By Stephen Gauer At the 10- to 15-year point in their careers, some tech writers decide to make the leap to contract work, where they give up the security of a full-time staff position to work on their own as freelancers. Contract refers to the work arrangement: you’re hired by a client at a fixed…

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