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Saturday, May 14
 

8:30am PDT

CPTC Foundation Certification Preparatory Course, Day 1

This two-day course will familiarize individuals with the requirements for CPTC Foundation Certification, including the nine core skill areas of technical communication, topics included in the certification exam, the certification test format, and sample questions.

Students may take the CPTC Foundation Certification exam Sunday afternoon, at the conclusion of the course. The exam fee is included in the course registration cost. Students also have the option of attempting the exam online at a later date, up to 15 May 2017. 

STC recommends that students purchase and study the certification body of knowledge textbook, Technical Communication Today, 5th edition, by Richard Johnson-Sheehan, before attending the course.

Schedule

Saturday, 14 May: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 15 May: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Exam: 4:00 – 5:00
There will be an hour each day for lunch on your own.

The course includes:
  • Two full days of live classroom instruction in CPTC Foundation technical communication concepts.
  • One sitting of the CPTC Foundation-level Certification exam. You may take the exam in person Sunday afternoon, 15 May, or up to a year later online.
  • Coffee, tea, and light refreshments.


Additional rates apply for this session.


Speakers
avatar for Alan Houser

Alan Houser

Consultant/Trainer, Group Wellesley, Inc.
Technical publishing consultant and trainer; XML/DITA architect; Machine Translation guy; Former President of the Society for Technical Communication


Saturday May 14, 2016 8:30am - 4:30pm PDT
San Diego
 
Sunday, May 15
 

8:00am PDT

Leadership Program
This event is for anyone currently in a leadership position in an STC chapter or special interest group (SIG), or if you want to be more involved in the leadership of your chapter or SIG. At the Leadership Program, you’ll be able to talk with your counterparts about what they do, meet the award-winning communities’ leadership, and get details about the successes they’ve had. 


Agenda:

8:00-8:30

Welcome from Leadership, Society officers, and the Community Affairs Committee

8:30-9:00

The Basics of Running a Community                                      
What is a community and how on earth do you run one? In this session we will discuss how to run a successful community, and educate our leaders on the many resources that are available from the STC & CAC.

9:00-9:30

Fill Your Toolbox
In this sessions we will talk about free software tools that are available to help you run your community efficiently.  Current leaders will share best practices and pitfalls to avoid when using tools such as Google Apps for Nonprofits, OneDrive, Dropbox, Hootsuite, EventBrite, to name a few.

9:45-10:15

Do Not Fear the Finances
The treasurer role in a community is often the hardest to fill; many people fear the responsibility of managing the community finances. We are going to break down the basic requirements of the financial responsibilities of communities and help you understand what needs to be done, and how to do it.

10:15-11:00

Internet Security
In the previous session we talked about many online tools to use, in this session we will talk about how to safely use collaborative, online tools to protect your own identity and community information.

11:00-12:00

Breakout Discussions
The breakout sessions are an opportunity to dive deeper into a specific topic and talk to an expert in that area. We will cover topics such as social media, recruitment, and the Community Achievement Awards.

12: 00-12:30

Awards Presentation of the Community Achievement Awards for Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze communities.

 


Sunday May 15, 2016 8:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Platinum 3/4

8:30am PDT

Creating an Online Course
Attendees will leave with a working Moodle course!

This course will have three parts:
-Scoping the course and creating a course outline
-Creating course structure using Moodle
-Creating course content and populating

Additional rates apply for this session. 

Speakers
avatar for Matt Sullivan

Matt Sullivan

Founder, Tech Comm Tools
I help folks deliver content to their audience, ranging from PDF to mobile, and from text/graphics to interactive/video. I love to talk about courseware, video, and mobile delivery. If you love that stuff as well, introduce yourself & let's chat! Talk to me about anything... Read More →



Sunday May 15, 2016 8:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Ranchos Las Palmas

8:30am PDT

Documenting REST APIs
At its core, REST API documentation focuses on requests and responses. Surrounding this core, there are a host of details to cover, such as authentication, endpoints, parameters, methods, response formats, rate limits, error codes, and more. In publishing REST API documentation, you can create interactive documentation using specifications such as Swagger, RAML, or API Blueprint. In this half-day workshop, you will learn how to document REST APIs in depth.

Additional rates apply for this session. 

Speakers
avatar for Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

Technical Writer, Amazon Lab126
I currently work as a technical writer for developer documentation products at Amazon in Sunnyvale, California. I write regularly at http://idratherbewriting.com. Here are a few things I'm interested in related to #techcomm: API documentation, visual communication, findability, Jekyll... Read More →


Sunday May 15, 2016 8:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Newport Beach

8:30am PDT

Writing in English for the Global Market
This workshop will help you tailor your writing in English for non-English-speaking readers. It will help you apply principles of good technical communication in a global context.
We will use interactive exercises to get at topics that can include:
• Structuring ideas
• Short is beautiful
• Minimalism and global English in technical communications
• Differences between native English and global English
• The role of culture
• Know your audience
• Terminology
• Common traps
• Writing collectively, topic based authoring, etc.
Near the beginning of the workshop, we'll find out participants' specific questions and needs, and adjust the content to answer as many as possible.

Additional rates apply for this session. 

Speakers
avatar for Ray Gallon

Ray Gallon

Owner, Culturecom
Consultant in Business Process Improvement through communication - of all sorts. Heavily involved in the connections between technical communication, business analysis, content strategy, and customer experience (includes product ergonomics).


Sunday May 15, 2016 8:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Los Angeles

8:30am PDT

Creating Mobile Apps Without Coding
As technical content becomes mobile, your next step may be “true” apps. Apps may seem like an unlikely area for tech comm but so did online help once; app tools today make it possible for STC’ers to create apps with no coding. Try it in this workshop.

You’ll use a tool called ViziApps to build a simple app that can send an email, open a web page, send information to and from a database, and more. You’ll do this with no coding. You’ll:

• Get an overview of app concepts and types.
• Get an overview of app design.
• Create a simple but functioning app. It won’t be in the app stores but you’ll be able to run it on your phone.

You’ll leave with a feel for app development and an example to take home to show what’s possible in one day.

Additional rates apply for this session.

Speakers
avatar for Neil Perlin

Neil Perlin

President, Hyper/Word Services
Neil is an internationally-known online content consultant for companies from startups to F100. He ran the Bleeding Edge at the Summits and was an Intercom columnist for 15 years, and is a 2010 STC Fellow. He is the author of three courses on Flare and RoboHelp for Lynda.com. Neil... Read More →


Sunday May 15, 2016 8:30am - 4:30pm PDT
La Jolla

8:30am PDT

Information Visualization: Seeing Through the Numbers
This workshop will explore data visualization and literacy, focusing on various techniques to conceptualize narratives and create visualizations. Along with gaining a more comprehensive understanding of data visualization, participants will be introduced to new ways of managing, analyzing, and visualizing data sets, as well as textually expressing underlying relational content.

Additional rates apply for this session. 

Speakers
avatar for Phylise Banner

Phylise Banner

Founder and Learning Experience Designer, Phylise Banner Consulting
Phylise Banner is a learning experience designer with over 25 years of vision, action, and leadership experience in transformational teaching and learning approaches within academia and industry. A pioneer in online learning, she regularly seeks out and embraces opportunities to experiment... Read More →


Sunday May 15, 2016 8:30am - 4:30pm PDT
Desert Springs

8:30am PDT

CPTC Foundation Certification Preparatory Course, Day 2

This two-day course will familiarize individuals with the requirements for CPTC Foundation Certification, including the nine core skill areas of technical communication, topics included in the certification exam, the certification test format, and sample questions.

Students may take the CPTC Foundation Certification exam Sunday afternoon, at the conclusion of the course. The exam fee is included in the course registration cost. Students also have the option of attempting the exam online at a later date, up to 15 May 2017. 

STC recommends that students purchase and study the certification body of knowledge textbook, Technical Communication Today, 5th edition, by Richard Johnson-Sheehan, before attending the course.

Schedule

Saturday, 14 May: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 15 May: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Exam: 4:00 – 5:00
There will be an hour each day for lunch on your own.

The course includes:
  • Two full days of live classroom instruction in CPTC Foundation technical communication concepts.
  • One sitting of the CPTC Foundation-level Certification exam. You may take the exam in person Sunday afternoon, 15 May, or up to a year later online.
  • Coffee, tea, and light refreshments.

Additional rates apply for this session.

Speakers
avatar for Alan Houser

Alan Houser

Consultant/Trainer, Group Wellesley, Inc.
Technical publishing consultant and trainer; XML/DITA architect; Machine Translation guy; Former President of the Society for Technical Communication


Sunday May 15, 2016 8:30am - 5:00pm PDT
San Diego

12:00pm PDT

Adobe Tech Comm Tools Certificate Workshop
The Adobe Tech Comm marketing team and the STC are excited to announce a first of its kind pre-conference event at the STC Summit 2016 – the Adobe Tech Comm Tools Certificate Workshop!

Get live training, pick up tips and tricks, do hands-on exercises and learn from industry experts like Bernard Aschwanden, John Daigle and Stefan Gentz. Not just this, on successful completion of the workshop you get to walk away with an official certificate from Adobe and the STC Summit!

So what are you waiting for? Make the most of this exciting opportunity to learn from the most sought-after trainers, connect with peers, grow your professional network, and also acquire a professional certificate – while you enjoy the exclusive Adobe hospitality!

The event is 'open to all'. There is no registration fee. Lunch and refreshments would be served. Seats are limited, so register yourself today! Register: http://adobetechcommworkshopatstcsummit2016.campaignsandevents.com/

Speakers
avatar for Bernard Aschwanden

Bernard Aschwanden

President, Publishing Smarter
Bernard helps companies generate more revenue by solving documentation-based content creation, management, and distribution problems. Once content is delivered, he helps socialize the message, understand and act on feedback, and improve the process and workflow. He is the founder... Read More →
avatar for John Daigle

John Daigle

President, Evergreen Online Learning, LLC
John Daigle is president of Evergreen Online Learning, LLC, based in Evergreen, Colorado. A frequent speaker at national online help conferences, John is an Adobe RoboHelp, Adobe Captivate Instructor. He has taught RoboHelp since 1992 and Adobe Captivate since it was introduced... Read More →
avatar for Stefan Gentz

Stefan Gentz

Global Evangelist, Technical Communication, Adobe Systems GmbH
As the Global Evangelist for Technical Communication at Adobe, Stefan’s mission is to inspire enterprises and technical writers around the world and show how to create compelling technical communication content with the Adobe TCS tools. Stefan is also a certified Quality Management... Read More →
avatar for Rick Stone

Rick Stone

Owner, ShowMe Solutions
Rick Stone is co-owner of ShowMe Solutions, based in Kansas City, Missouri. Rick is an Adobe RoboHelp and Adobe Captivate Instructor. He began his career in 1991 with RoboHelp in a customer contact center as a technical support technician where he quickly discovered a strong need... Read More →


Sunday May 15, 2016 12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Anaheim Marriott 700 W. Convention Way, Anaheim, California 92802

1:00pm PDT

Adobe Captivate vs. Articulate Storyline vs. TechSmith Camtasia Studio: Which eLearning Tool is Right For You?
Welcome to the eLearning tool slug-fest. In this corner ... Adobe Captivate. Over there? It's Articulate Storyline? And because this isn't a two-tool fight, look over there and you'll see TechSmith Camtasia Studio.

Bring your own laptop loaded with trial versions of Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, and TechSmith Camtasia Studio. Sound the bell and create and publish an eLearning project in each of the tools.

Let the tools pound on each other and find out, first-hand, which tool is right for you!

Additional rates apply for this session. 

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Siegel

Kevin Siegel

Learning and Development Specialist, IconLogic, Inc.
Kevin is a certified technical trainer, a veteran classroom instructor (online and onsite), and a frequent speaker at trade shows and conventions. He has three decades of experience as a print publisher, technical communicator, instructional designer, and eLearning developer. Kevin... Read More →


Sunday May 15, 2016 1:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Ranchos Las Palmas

1:00pm PDT

Developing User Assistance for Mobile Apps
Smartphones have sparked a huge, new software segment--the mobile app. They have also changed how traditional desktop software is being designed and developed. This creates an important pair of questions for user assistance professionals: What is our role going forward in mobile and how can we prepare to take that on? User assistance does have a role in supporting mobile apps.
This workshop is designed to provide an introduction to key topics and also to foster discussion on the best ways to design our content for this new paradigm. As the mobile market continues to expand, this is becoming the next frontier for user assistance professionals.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Welinske

Joseph Welinske

ConveyUX Program Manager, Blink UX
Joe Welinske is Blink's Accessibility Director and also the Program Manager for Blink's annual conference ConveyUX.


Sunday May 15, 2016 1:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Newport Beach

1:00pm PDT

Gamifying Writing Skills
Do you manage a team of technical authors and editors? Are you looking for ideas to help improve writing and editing skills, establish better consistency, and create fun challenges for your team?
This session introduces the idea of gamification, which is turning a generic activity into a game. Gamification offers great advantages for a tech pubs manager, including:
• Solving some of the most common writing problems, such as inconsistency, sloppy editing, and fluffy writing.
• Fostering creativity and helping teams explore alternate solutions to content problems.
• Making the work environment more fun and more intellectually rewarding.

Additional rates apply for this session.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Guren

Leah Guren

Owner, Cow TC
Let's talk about writing, editing, UX, L10N, and more. I've been in TC since 1980 so I'm ready to swap stories from the trenches!


Sunday May 15, 2016 1:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Los Angeles