Just added: 18 more new recordings are now available for purchase, for a total of more than 110!

STC's Recorded Web Seminars are recordings of popular live Web seminars. They are available for download for $19 for all STC members and $59 for nonmembers. Included below are description, presenter, and original presentation date.

Once your payment is processed, go to the Member Home page on STC.org. From there, click on My Account History, and you will be able to access the link to the recording under the My Downloadables header. You will be able to access that link later, but we recommend bookmarking it or saving it somewhere also.

The listing below is in reverse chronological order, by presentation date, so the newest recordings are at the top. Email Elaine Gilliam for special rates for bulk purchases (multiple webinars or multiple viewers).

Note: All information provided in the course descriptions is accurate as of the date of the original webinar.

Copyright & the Internet: Free for the Taking?

Therese Harris, originally presented 21 March 2012

“If it’s on the Internet, it’s there to use.” We’ve heard this so often that it must be true, right? Unfortunately, copyright is complicated—and made worse by the ease of digital copying of materials that are online. Learn the basics of copyright, fair use, and creative commons licenses to protect yourself, your employer, and your publications.

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Going Green as a Technical Communicator

Cheryl Landes, originally presented 7 March 2012

The green movement is growing rapidly, and it’s creating a high demand for great technical communicators. In this session, Cheryl Landes, who is working with clients in the green industry, will describe the opportunities in this field and provide tips on how to break in.

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Designing Visual Texts for Print and Digital Publications

Kenneth Price, originally presented 6 March 2012

Effectively laying out technical information goes far beyond using bulleted lists and choosing an attractive font. In designing a page, you should create visuals patterns that help your readers to find, understand, and remember information. This webinar will introduce the principles of visual language, information architecture, and page design. These principles, based entirely upon research on how people learn, will help you to design effective electronic and print publications to make technical information more accessible.

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The Simple Truth About XML Adoption

Doug Gorman and Erin Freeburger, originally presented 1 March 2012

This one-hour webinar will tell you the Simple Truth about XML Adoption. Whether your structure is Information Mapping, DITA, another standard, or a custom schema, you can quickly and easily realize the benefits of XML.

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Getting Ahead as a Lone Writer

Kai Weber, originally presented 29 February 2012

Writers are often the only person in a company who create and maintain documentation. Lone writers who operate without a dedicated budget or specific managerial guidance find it hard to excel in their work. In this presentation, Kai Weber will draw on his years of experience to show lone writers how to make the most of this "benign neglect."

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Style Guides and Style Manuals: Virtual Tools in an Editor’s (and Writer’s) Toolkit

Elizabeth (Bette) Frick, originally presented 23 February 2012

Editors use style manuals and style guides as a vital tool in their toolkit. In this webinar, Bette Frick will provide an overview of their importance in the editing profession. This webinar will explore why to use a style manual or a style guide; what published style guides are available for general use, what specific style guides you should use for your editing, and how you can customize your company’s style while still using a published style guide.

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Content Management with Microsoft SharePoint 2010

Nicky Bleiel, originally presented 22 February 2012

Managing your content ensures efficiency and accuracy in your documentation, and consistency across the enterprise. SharePoint is a popular content management system (with an estimated 100 million users), so chances are good your company is using it. This session will explain the content management features in SharePoint 2010 from the perspective of technical communicators and will include a demonstration of these features in a documentation workflow.

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Virtual Security: Best Practices for Remote Workers

Barrie Byron and Ann Grove, originally presented 16 February 2012

An organization is only as secure as its weakest link. How sure are you that you are not the weakest link? Attend this webinar to learn best security practices for remote workers. You will learn basic security principles, including how to: fulfill your obligations to your company and your customers by protecting the information you can access; create “very strong” passwords (tip: your organization’s password policies are likely not enough); make good security decisions in typical business activities, including using wifi, opening email and surfing the web, handling confidential data, and understanding social media; and make your office area more secure.

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Getting to the Top of Google

Donte Ormbsy, originally presented 8 February 2012

Have you ever wondered why some websites get to the top of Google's search results while others fall short? Would you like to learn how simple it can be to get a website ranked in the Top 10 of Yahoo and Bing? Search Engine Optimization (SEO) expert Donté Ormsby is sharing his secrets of success. Learn SEO tactics that you can use today to put your website or blog at the top of the search engine charts.

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Simplified Technical English

Berry Braster, originally presented 7 February 2012

Clear and consistent communication can help you save costs and improve your customer experience. Simplified Technical English (STE) is a method of writing that makes technical English easy to understand. The adaptation of STE stimulates the (global) acceptance of technical documentation as it improves readability and translatability, and prevents misunderstandings and misinterpretations.

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Best Practices for Converting to a New Tool

Ed Marshall, originally presented 1 February 2012

We often find that we need to convert from one tool to another for a variety of reasons. This webinar focuses on the best practices that apply, regardless of the tools involved. By following the practices discussed, you should find your conversion process will go much more smoothly.

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Successful Strategies for Improvement

Marta Rauch, originally presented 31 January 2012

Join highly rated STC Summit presenter Marta Rauch to learn proven strategies for continuous improvement to products and processes. Gain valuable tips, practical insights, and best practices for increasing customer satisfaction and raising your department’s value to the corporation. Whether you need to reduce time and costs, improve quality, or increase your team’s contribution to the bottom line, you’ll come away with effective strategies for implementing key improvements to your documentation projects.

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