STC offers multiple online courses where participants can earn a certificate of successful completion. These courses let you explore a subject in depth over the course of several weeks. In addition to the practical work skills that you will develop, participating in a certificate program provides you with a unique, live opportunity to learn directly from an instructor and to also exchange ideas and tools virtually with the other participants in the program. 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Participants must log in for all sessions and complete required assignments to earn the certificate. If you are at all unclear about a course’s requirements, email us and we will get you in touch with the instructor so there is no confusion! We want you to completely understand the course expectations so that you get the most out of your investment.
  • To participate in an online course, you must be able to access Moodle, STC's course management site, and Adobe Connect, STC's online meeting space. You can test your Adobe Connect connection here. Adobe Connect is a standard web seminar tool (no separate download required) and all you need is a reliable Internet connection and phone line, or a computer with VoIP capabilities. If you cannot access Adobe Connect and/or Moodle, then you will not be able to successfully complete an online course.

For questions about registration and payment, please contact Deborah Repasy. For general inquiries or if you are interested in presenting an online course with STC, please contact Kimberly Kelly

Note: Online registration closes two business days before the first class in each course. Cost is transferable to another online course but is not refundable.

Minimalist Writing

Bernard Aschwanden

Registration Open
3 March-7 April 2015
Tuesdays
2:00-3:30 PM EST (GMT-5, GMT-4 after 8 March)

This course is developed for people who need to reduce the volume and complexity of content. Learn best practices to help reduce the cost to develop, produce, and maintain materials. Cut the time and effort needed to work with content and improve the quality of deliverables. Learn why good design reduces the need for documentation and learn to work with developers to set and meet shared goals.

TechComm 201

Leah Guren

Registration Open
11 March-29 April 2015
Wednesdays
11:00 AM-12:30 PM EDT (GMT-4)
Note: There will be no class session on 15 or 22 April

This is a more advanced course that moves beyond the basic theory in TechComm 101. The focus is on soft skills, such as estimating and managing technical communication projects and working with SMEs; and technical skills, such as advanced editing, professional tool concepts, and Help Authoring concepts.

Prior successful completion of TechComm 101 is a prerequisite for this course. If you have not successfully completed TechComm 101, you can still register but you must have existing knowledge of everything covered in that class.

TechComm 101

Leah Guren

Registration Open
2 April-21 May 2015
Thursdays
11:00 AM-12:30 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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 101 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 as giving you the skills you need to continue to learn and grow.

Each element of theory is presented with hands-on exercises, real-world examples, and plenty of discussion. The course is sure to leave you feeling enthusiastic and well-prepared to get started in the field.

Producing Effective Video Documentation

Matt Sullivan

In Progress; Registration Closed
15 January-19 February 2015
Thursdays
2:00-3:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

What does it mean to produce video documentation, anyway? What makes it effective? There are a number of tools, methods, and production techniques that make up the answer to that question. Depending on who has requested the video documentation, how will it be used, and the timeframe and expense to accomplish the project, you might be "asked" to produce the video using a video or webcam with QuickTime or other software; a tool for enhancing PowerPoint presentations like Adobe/Articulate Presenter products; screencasts or webinar recording software like Connect, WebEx, or GoToMeeting; interactive simulation software like Captivate; or working with interactive 3D.