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Sunday, May 15
 

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

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