Online Certificate CoursesSTC offers four online courses where participants can earn a certificate. The courses are divided into 90-minute sessions and presented live online over five to eight weeks. Participants must log in for all sessions to earn the certificate. Individual sessions may also be purchased without a certificate. STC certificate program 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. Teaching the courses will be some of STC´s finest and best known instructors.
Sharon Burton

Sharon Burton

Undiscovered Country: Master Writer Presented by Sharon Burton 29 September–27 October 10:30 AM–Noon ET * Session 1: 29 September—Structuring Information * Session 2: 6 October—Audience Analysis Part I * Session 3: 13 October—Audience Analysis Part II * Session 4: 20 October—Cognition Overview * Session 5: 27 October—In–depth Cognitive Science Course objectives, overview, and registration
Bernard Aschwanden

Bernard Aschwanden

DITA from Legacy to the Future Presented by Bernard Aschwanden 29 September–21 October 10:30 AM–Noon ET * Session 1: 29 September—What Is Structure? * Session 2: 30 September—Core Elements of DITA * Session 3: 6 October—Manage Legacy Documentation * Session 4: 7 October—A Practical Application of DITA * Session 5: 13 October—In–Migrate and Create Content * Session 6: 14 October—In–Best Practices * Session 7: 20 October—In–Content Management * Session 8: 21 October—In–Summary Course objectives, overview, and registration
Leah Guren

Leah Guren

TechComm 101 Presented by Leah Guren 12 October–23 November 10:30 AM–Noon ET * Session 1: 12 October—Introduction and Grammar Review * Session 2: 19 October—Four Key TC Concepts (Theory and Application) * Session 3: 26 October—Five Key TC Concepts (Theory and Application) * Session 4: 2 November—TC Deliverables and Writing Definitions * Session 5: 9 November—In–Writing Procedures * Session 6: 16 November—In–Design and Layout * Session 7: 23 November—In–Editing and Moving On Course objectives, overview, and registration
Saul Carliner

Saul Carliner

Technical Communication Manager Certificate Presented by Saul Carliner 27 October–1 December 10:30 AM–Noon ET * Session 1: 27 October—Managing for Effective Performance—Part 1: Writing Job Descriptions, Hiring and Establishing a Performance Plan * Session 2: 3 November—Managing for Effective Performance—Part 2: Coaching and Evaluating Performance, and Providing Career Guidance * Session 3: 10 November—Preparing and Presenting a Strategic Plan * Session 4: 17 November—Preparing and Presenting a Business Case: Part 1 * Session 5: 24 November—Preparing and Presenting a Business Case: Part 2 * Session 6: 1 December—Marketing Your Group Internally Course objectives, overview, and registration Pricing Each course is offered separately and includes five to eight sessions. To obtain the certificate, participants must log in for each of the sessions. A discount is available for additional attendees from the same company. For these special prices please contact Lloyd Tucker. * $595 member / $995 nonmember Student: $295 member / nonmember $995 * Individual Sessions (without certificate): $149 member / $259 nonmember Student: $79 member / $259 nonmember

System Requirements

The online web conferencing system that will be used is Genesys. This is the same system used with all STC live web seminars. It is not necessary for participants to download the software. Click on the link to view the system requirements. Login details will be sent via email 2-3 days before the scheduled session. The course management system, Moodle, will be used for participants to access assignments and session materials.
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  1. Anonymous

    When publishing times, you might make at least a small effort to accommodate those of us that don’t live in North America. According to timeanddate.com, there is no time zone by the name of ET (merely EST and EDT, presumably one is left to guess what will be in effect on the dates in question), http://www.timeanddate.com/library/abbreviations/timezones/na/

    Fortunately, the timeanddate.com service allows the entry of a date and time and, by taking a guess at ‘New York’ as a location, it’s possible to work out what time that might be where I am. Perhaps publishing a UTC time in addition to a local time would help those of us that aren’t familiar with North American norms but are nevertheless interested in making the most of our membership.

  2. Erika

    Hi,

    I took a look at these and am wondering where any of the description about what software / hardware required to take the courses has been hidden. There seems to be no indication of how you would be assessed to actually gain the certificate ie can you pay money and log in and do nothing and still get it? Doesn’t sound like a very useful certificate to me.

    I also looked at the description for Tech Writing 101 – if this is the product of someone who has learnt to write clearly, avoiding ambiguity then I think I will stick to my nice ambigous writing where I have to be able to measure the result.

    “Discover how to write with clarity, avoiding ambiguity, and be proactive in flagging suspicious data to produce better documents. This session will assist in the preparation for an ongoing learning experience in your new career.”

    Then again ET as far as I am concerned is a small, very cute alien looking for a phone box – you can tell I am from the UK :o)
    Erika

  3. Mindy Hoffbauer

    All of these courses seem to be offered in the middle of the workday, at least for those of us in the U.S. Will you ever offer courses for those of us who are lucky to still be employed?

  4. Danielle Knowles

    I am interested in taking the DITA certificate course but would like to know what some prerequisites might be? I have never used DITA but would like to learn it.

  5. anonymous

    I’m interested in more than 1 certificate. Unfortunately, 2 overlap completely and 1 partially. Will these programs be repeated?

  6. Anonymous

    This web site would sure be more useful if anyone actually answered the questions.

  7. Bernard Aschwanden

    Hi All,

    I’m Bernard Aschwanden and the guy who will be delivering the DITA course. There really isn’t a major prereq other than perhaps a passion for tech comm, new ideas, and a good working relationship with your computer. If you can use software well and you feel pretty confident that you can understand technology (which most of us should if we are in the tech comm field) then you should be set. Feel free to email me directly (bernard@publishingsmarter.com) to discuss any of this in more detail.

    I’d also suggest that participants have access to either FrameMaker 8 or 9 (or even 7.2 if you use the DITA-FMx plug-in) or a tool like XMetaL, oxygen or XMLSpy. Something that can work with DITA, or at the very least with XML should help.

    I also plan to have some homework assignments to hand out and would expect that participants will do the work, send it to me, and I’ll review it and comment back. There will be set of multiple choice questions i’ll post at the end, and I’ll let you know what you did well or poorly on. However, it’s really an honesty thing. You can easily find the answers online and get perfect. However, it’s your career and your choice on how much you put into this.

    So, I’ll have a way to evaluate and hope to stay in touch with participants. The rest is largely up to you.

    To those who have questions, feel free to pass them to me directly and I’ll do all I can to help out.

    Best regards,

    Bernard

  8. Bernard Aschwanden

    Hi All,

    I’m Bernard Aschwanden and the guy who will be delivering the DITA course. I plan to have some homework assignments to hand out and would expect that participants will do the work, send it to me, and I’ll review it and comment back. There will be set of multiple choice questions i’ll post at the end, and I’ll let you know what you did well or poorly on. However, it’s really an honesty thing. You can easily find the answers online and get perfect. However, it’s your career and your choice on how much you put into this.

    So, I’ll have a way to evaluate and hope to stay in touch with participants. The rest is largely up to you.

    Best regards,

    Bernard

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