Associate Fellow and Fellow Applications Due 1 November

Each year, STC recognizes leaders of our profession with the Associate Fellow and Fellow honors. An STC Associate Fellow is a Senior Member who has attained distinction in the field of technical communication and has been active in the field for at least 15 years. Fellow is an honor bestowed on Associate Fellows who have continued to make exemplary contributions to our profession and our organization. The contributions of Associate Fellows and Fellows involve significant achievements that advance the profession and its recognition.

Near the end of each year, STC Fellow and Associate Fellow committees consider the qualifications, contributions, and achievements of members who submit their credentials to the committees for review. The committees then provide recommendations to STC’s Board of Directors. Fellows and Associate Fellows are recognized at the STC Summit following the vote of the board.

This year, the STC Fellow and Associate Fellow committees are updating the application forms and adding examples and guidance to help improve the application process. We expect the new application forms to be posted and available 1 September 2017. To make sure candidates have the time they need to apply, the deadline to submit applications will be 1 November 2017. We look forward to recognizing the established leaders among us. If you have questions, please contact Associate Fellow Committee Chair Nicky Bleiel (nbleiel@gmail.com),  Fellow Committee Chair Paul Mueller (paul.mueller@pobox.com), or STC staff liaison Elaine Gilliam (elaine.gilliam@stc.org).

STC Communities and Staff Win APEX Awards

STC is proud to announce that one STC community and the STC staff recently were named winners in APEX 2017, the 29th Annual Awards for Publication Excellence. APEX Awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and the ability to achieve overall communication excellence. APEX Grand Awards honor the outstanding works in each main category, while APEX Awards of Excellence recognize exceptional entries in each of the individual categories. Out of over 1300 entries, just 100 won APEX Grand Awards. This year, STC’s Technical Communication journal (edited by Sam Dragga and Liz Pohland) won an APEX Grand Award for its 2016 Cover Competition.

Congratulations to the following other STC winners:

Congratulations again to the winners!

For more information on the APEX Awards and a full listing of winners, visithttp://www.apexawards.com/.

Community Spotlight: The Q2 Edition of the IDL SIG’s Newsletter Out Now

This is one in a series of posts highlighting the activities and contributions of STC’s communities. If you belong to a community and have important news or a key event to share, please email James Cameron at james.cameron@stc.org.


The Instructional Design and Learning Special Interest Group (IDL SIG) just released the Q2 edition of its newsletter, IDeaL: Design for Learning. See below for the editor’s preview of the newsletter. You’ll find the link to the full PDF newsletter here and at the end of the post. Happy reading!

The Newsletter Q2 2017 IDeaL: Design for Learning

From the Editor

By Crista Mohammed

Hello, Readers! Super happy to be delivering our Q2 2017 newsletter. As you know, this is post-Summit. As with all successful conferences, attendees leave re-charged and rearing to go. This positive energy radiates in most of what you will read in this issue, as our contributors are eager to share their summit lessons and experiences.

But, before we get there I must share our good news: We are continuing to reap the rewards of our student outreach competition. In this issue, we share two student essays earning the judges’ nod.

  • Whitney Lewis, reading for a Master’s in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, explores the value of rapid prototyping in the instructional design process. Read Rapid Prototyping.
  • Viqui Dill, in her co-manager’s column, reflects on Summit 2017. She records the achievements of the IDL SIG over the past year and, waxing warm and grateful like only Viqui could, she thanks those who volunteer for the SIG. Read more.
  • Marcia Shannon uses her Secretary’s Column to share her Summit 2017 experience. She focusses on how the Summit is helping in her re-visioning of her career. Read More.
  • Jamye Sagan reviews eight summit sessions for us, touching on sessions ranging from how to complement written work with video to tips for professional success. Presenting cliff notes of topical sessions, Jamye gives us many great take aways: Useful to those who want to recall the session and particularly useful to those who could not be there. Read more.
  • Sylvia Miller presents a very careful account of a summit session on Responsive Design. Reviewing Dr. Lanier’s presentation, entitled ““How to Fix the Credibility Problem When Using Responsive Design”, Sylvia has extracted for us the characteristics of a credible website: Characteristics worth remembering as increasingly more content gets accessed from devices with vastly differing screen sizes. Read More.
  • Viqui Dill puts us in touch with what is happening. She reviews some sessions at the STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter Annual Regional Conference. Clearly, they had a blast while learning and sharing! Read more.

Finally, we salute and send out heartiest congratulations to:

  • IDL SIG colleagues who now serve on the STC Board. Read more.
  • The Chicago eLearning & Technology Showcase. It’s their 10thAnniversary. Read more.

Read the full newsletter as pdf here: stc-idl-sig-Q2 2017_Newsletter

About IDeaL: Design for Learning

Community Spotlight: Slides from the STC IDL SIG Meeting at #STC17

This is one in a series of posts highlighting the activities and contributions of STC’s communities. If you belong to a community and have important news or a key event to share, please email James Cameron at james.cameron@stc.org.


Last month, the Instructional Design and Learning Special Interest Group (IDL SIG) posted the slides from their meeting at the 2017 STC Summit at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD. Get the scoop on what the SIG is doing, how their year went, and what to look for from them in the future. To view the full set of slides, go to the links below or click here.

Slides from our #STC17 IDL SIG meeting

We had a blast at the #STC17 Summit. Here are slides from our meeting.

stc-idl-sig-2017 Business Meeting Presentation

Community Spotlight: STC Houston Volunteer Recognition Party

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STC Houston is hosting an event honoring its volunteers. Volunteers are key to STC’s success; congratulations to the honorees! More information can be found on the STC Houston site here.

June 20: STC Houston Volunteer Recognition Party

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The STC Houston Volunteer Recognition party will be held on June 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Melting Pot, 6100 Westheimer Rd Ste 146, Houston, Texas 77057 (just west of Fountain View, close to the House of Pies).

The meal will include an appetizer cheese fondue, a petite entree, and a dessert fondue. There will also be a cash bar. Since each fondue pot is set up as a course, please be prompt (latecomers will miss a fondue course).

In lieu of a meeting charge, a small donation of 10.00 per person is requested. RSVPs are a must! Please RSVP to president@stc-houston.org. by June 18.

STC Houston is honoring the following volunteers for their hard work this year:
Noel Atzmiller
Kimberly Mankiewicz
Katherine Kim
Bea Amaya
Lara Tellis
Meenakshi Venkat
Doris Beetem
Cindy Pao