TechComm Fundamentals Bootcamp
1 October through 19 November 2020 (Thursdays)
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Eastern Time (GMT -4; GMT-5 after 1 November)
Instructor: Leah Guren
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. It also gives 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.
Crafting Memorable and Influential Presentations
5 October to 2 November 2020 (Mondays)
2:30 to 3:45 PM Eastern Time (GMT-4; GMT-5 after 1 November)
Instructor: Danielle Hennis
How often have you had to sit through presentations that left you making a to-do list in your head? If you do not pay attention to the presentation, you will not retain the information. What would have made those presentations—what would make your presentations—memorable, influential, and successful?
We will review how the brain processes visuals, stories, data, and information, and then we’ll apply that knowledge to a step-by-step process for you to use in order to make a more memorable and engaging presentation.
We will cover how to apply the principles discussed in PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Slides, and we will review how virtual presentations should be designed differently than in-person presentations. With your new skills, you will leave with the tools needed to ensure your next virtual or in-person presentation engages your audience, persuades them, and is memorable.
Design Thinking: Creating Prototypes and Sales Pitches
9 October to 20 November 2020 (Fridays)
10:00 to 11:00 AM Eastern Time (GMT-4; GMT-5 after 1 Nov)
Instructor: Adam Bradley
The session learning activities include learning about the fundamentals of design thinking and creating problem statements to resolve issues. We will also discuss ways of conducting ethnographic research and analyzing found data to brainstorm new concepts, narrow down the focus of ideas, and to develop a persona of the target market. Find inspiration through mood boards, exploring concept themes, product exemplifying word charts, journey maps, and data flow diagrams. We will also cover graphic design concepts, basics of drawing, and creating renderings. We will create low-fidelity mockups, wireframes, sketches, and storyboards to test concepts and make rapid improvements. Lastly, we will learn to make high-fidelity prototypes and sale pitches/presentations.