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 on for the live sessions and complete required assignments to earn the certificate. Currently, our courses are not "go at your own pace." You should plan to attend and participate in the majority of the live sessions at the designated times. 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 course expectations so there are no surprises.
  • To participate in an online course, you must be able to access 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. In addition, some courses require the use of Moodle, STC's course management site. If you cannot access Adobe Connect and/or Moodle (as needed), 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.

TechComm 101

Leah Guren, Owner/Operator, Cow TC

16 July27 August 2015
Thursdays
11:00 AM12:30 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.

Instructional Design for Technical Communicators

Saul Carliner, PhD, CTDP, Associate Professor of Educational Technology, Concordia University (Montreal) and Author, "Training Design Basics"

28 July–18 August 2015
Tuesdays
11:00 AM–12:30 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Charged with developing a tutorial or similar instructional program? Or have you developed tutorials but are looking to do so more effectively?

This 4-session, live virtual certificate course provides you with the skills needed to successfully produce effective learning programs, including following the ADDIE approach, writing instructional objectives, developing criterion-referenced quizzes and tests, describing the dominant Kirkpatrick model of evaluation, choosing an instructional strategy then applying it, and creating engaging, supportive instructional programs.

TechComm 201

Leah Guren, Owner/Operator, Cow TC

3 September–8 October 2015
Thursdays
11:00 AM–12:30 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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.