News & Events

Microlearning Uncovered

Date: Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: online-web conference

Discover the potential of microlearning and the critical role technical communicators can play in it.

“Microlearning” is touted as an essential approach to learning in many organizations these days. While many stakeholders and practitioners want “shorter” solutions, they are unsure what makes learning ‘micro’ or how to take advantage of this modality. In this session, you’ll explore why microlearning is really a reimagination of existing learning tactics. You’ll discover the potential of microlearning, the components of an effective microlearning strategy, and the critical role technical communicators can play in this area of learning.

STC TechComm Roadshow 2019

Date: Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: online-web conference

Dear TechComm friends,
To kick-off the 2019-20 STC Competition season, we are delighted to host a Joint Virtual TechComm Roadshow event on October 15, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. EDT. The online event is FREE but you must register to get the web conferencing information.

What is the STC TechComm Roadshow? A virtual stage to honor recent top awardees of the STC TechComm Competitions

  • Be inspired. Check out winning strategies and trends. Ask your questions and takeaway great ideas.
  • Understand Competition benefits and think about submitting your best work.

Confirmed Speakers

  • IEEE – Janet Dudar, IEEE Pulse (informational)
  • Hewlett Packard – Lisa Harlan and Jamie West, HP Notebook Accessories Flyer, (user support)
  • Information Builders – Frances Gambino and team – iWay and Omni Information Center (Redesign), (informational)
  • KVH – Mike Nelson, Setting Up Tracking Avoidance Zones to Prevent Service Interruptions – (instructional video)
  • Salesforce – Phil Choi and Katie Augustus, Quick Start: Einstein Analytics Learning Map (user support)
  • SSC Advent – Tim Schuman, Supporting MiFID II Regulations (user support)
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) – Shane Torbert and team, TEKNOS (informational)

Presenters and teams will show their work, discuss their backstory, challenges, learning, and planned improvements.

STC Tech Comm Brunch Social

Date: Saturday, September 28th, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM

Join us at The Pickle Barrel Grand Yorkdale Saturday Septeber 28th at 11 AM. Come out to meet us and learn about how to get involved! RSVP to let us know you’re coming.

Location
Pickle Barrel Grand
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
3401 Dufferin St
North York, ON M6A 2T9

STC September Social – Games at Snakes and Lattes

Date: Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Throw some dice, deal some cards, or move your player across a board all while chatting with fellow technical communicators from the Toronto and GTA area. Tickets cover games and food! RSVP to save your seat.

Location:   
Snakes & Lattes Annex
600 Bloor Street West,
Toronto, ON M6G 1K4

Adobe Tech Comm Roadshow 2019

Date: Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

Join us to be a part of full day Adobe Tech Comm Roadshow 2019. From amazing speakers to hands on workshops, you’ll find everything here. Register today for FREE!

Location:   
North York Memorial Hall (Burgundy Room)
5110 Yonge St,
North York, ON M2N 5W4

STC Summer Social on Patio

Date: Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Beautiful summer, amazing patio and lively discussions with STC Toronto! What more could you ask for? Join STC members at Hemingway’s patio for a fun evening.

Seats are limited. So register today!

Location
Hemingway’s Patio
142 Cumberland Street
Toronto, ON M5R 1A8


STC Social at Storm Crow

Date: Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Hang out with STC Toronto at Toronto’s geekiest bar! Opened in late 2018 in an elegant Church St mansion, it includes a sanity-shattering array of theme rooms, secret doors, catacombs, cyberpunk bars, glowing, bubbling cocktails, randomly-generated burgers and, oh yeah, tentacles.

Seats are limited, so register today!

STC Toronto will provide appetizers, like the DATA CHIPS & SALSA, ANTI-VAMPIRE CHEESY GARLIC BREAD, and LEGENDARY CHICKPEA FRIES. Come geek out with members of the techcomm community!

Location
Storm Crow Manor
580 Church Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 2E5

Live Events


STC 2019 Annual General Meeting

Saturday, June 15 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto: 475 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M4Y 1X7

An image of a table set up for dining

We cordially invite you to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto.

Agenda

11:30am to 12:30pm: STC Toronto Chapter Members Only

  • Council Election
  • Chapter Action Plan

12:30pm to 1:30pm: Open to all STC Members and non-members

Advance registration is required by June 10, 2019.

  • Celebrations & Recognitions
  • What’s coming in the new term
  • Raffle draw and a delicious lunch!

Please let us know about any dietary restrictions at registration.

1:30pm to 2:30pm: Open to all STC Members and non-members

Keynote Speaker Phylise Banner!

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. In this interactive session, we will tap into Design Thinking approaches and strategies and explore real-world design challenges.

For more details and to register, click here. We look forward to seeing you there!


Webinars

STC Roundtable Panel Discussion: The Strategy for Career Success

Tuesday, May 14 2019, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Alyssa Fox will host an online panel discussion with experts Alisa Bonsignore, Craig Baehr, Andrea Ames, and Mark Clifford. They’ll focus on the importance of professional development from various viewpoints based on their roles and experiences and how it benefits employees, organizations, and the discipline of technical communication as a whole.

Through a limited-time promotion via STC Roundtable, this webinar is free for STC members! Click here for more detail and to register.

Effective Communication During Times of Change

Wednesday, June 19 2019, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Our personal and professional lives are subject to constant change. We move to another city, we change employers, we get a promotion – and these are only the “small changes” that we experience directly. At a macro level, the entire industry we are part of may be changing, as a result of economic trends, new technologies, or political and social shifts.

As technical communicators, our main goal is to stay relevant. To accomplish this, it is important that we (a) recognize the changes we encounter, (b) assess their communication-related aspects, and (c) adapt our communications quickly and appropriately.

This webinar provides a framework for evaluating the communication-related impacts of a change, and provides specific techniques for how to adjust our communication content and style to stay on top and maintain relevancy.

  • Student Members: $29 USD 
  • Members: $59 USD 
  • Non-Members: $99 USD 

Click here for more detail and to register.

Courses

Technical Editing Foundations

22 May-26 June 2019 (Wednesdays) | 10:00-11:00 AM EDT (GMT -4)

In this 6-week course, you will learn:

  • What technical editors are and why we’re needed.
  • The “hard skills” and “soft skills” that technical editors should possess.
  • How to identify passive voice and bloated sentences, as well as how to fix them.
  • What style guides are and how we use them, as well as how we might use other resources.
  • How to mark up text using proofreader marks.
  • What some popular editing environments are, and the basics of how to use them.
  • What levels of editing are and how to identify the scope of work.

The intended audience for this course is primarily technical editors who are new to the field and students who are considering entering the field. Seasoned technical editors who need a refresher or who never formally studied this topic may also benefit from this course.

  • Student Members: $295 USD
  • Members: $595 USD
  • Non-Members: $995 USD

Click here for more detail and to enroll.

Introductory Markup and Scripting with HTML and CSS

4 June-9 July 2019 (Tuesdays) | 2:00 PM-3:30 PM EST (GMT-4)

This six session course will introduce participants to introductory markup and scripting with HTML and CSS. The course will also introduce students to readings, resources, and tools available to help develop basic coding skills through practice.

Each session will feature a different topic (HTML Syntax, Working with Text Editors, Tables and Semantic Markup, Form Building, Integrating HTML and CSS, CSS Syntax, Working with Positional CSS) and will also challenge students with weekly practice assignments to help them develop their coding skills. Students also will be encouraged to present their work in progress and receive constructive feedback from the instructor and their peers.

The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the wide range of skills, methods, and techniques used basic content markup and scripting for the Web. The course is also designed to prepare students for more advanced or specialized study in other topics related to markup and scripting in Web development.

  • Student Members: $295 USD
  • Members: $595 USD
  • Non-Members: $995 USD

Click here for more detail and to enroll.

STC Roundtable

For a limited time, STC is providing those who register now with a free monthly subscription to Roundtable. Each month, Roundtable members receive: over $400 worth of fresh, high-quality content; an engaged community; access to top experts in the field and timely, accurate and targeted resources.

An example month may include: a formal webinar led by the monthly curator or a selected expert; tools for implementing the information learned; a live Q&A on the monthly topic with selected experts moderated by the monthly curator; community connections, resources and more. This is a very cool opportunity for professional development, and a high value for STC members: register for free while you can.


Ongoing Events

STC Toronto Networking Brunch

Networking brunches happen on the fourth Saturday of each month (except December). There is no fee to attend, but you must pay for your own food and drink. This is a friendly networking event, and non-members are welcome to drop in. (Don’t forget to bring business cards!)  We ask that you please RSVP so we can confirm seating with the restaurant.


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Designing for Disruptive Design with Eliane Tozman

Tue, 23 April 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Wallace Gastropub: 1954 Yonge Street Toronto ON, M4S 1Z4

An Image of Eliane Tozman, Head of Design for IBM Canada Innovation
Eliane Tozman, Head of Design for IBM Canada Innovation

Eliane Tozman is a Montreal-born, Toronto-based designer, currently working in UX Design (User Experience Design) at IBM. Tozman works in software development, where she researches, conceptualizes and designs ways for IBM to make the technology work for the user, so the user doesn’t have to work for the technology

Tozman’s presentation will focus on Designing for Disruptive Innovation and why it’s so important for creating successful outcomes. She will provide insight and examples of how design thinking empowers multi-disciplinary teams to solve complex problems by considering many options, integrating ideas and opportunities, and testing multiple solutions before going to market.

IBM Design builds user-targeted products and experiences: this session will provide an overview of this human-centered methodology. This method challenges people to see the world through the eyes of the user every step of the way.C