[June 2010] STC Announcements

STC AnnouncementsCertification for Technical Communicators
STC announced on 2 May that within the next year, certifications will be available for technical communicators in six core competency areas, namely User Analysis, Document Design, Project Management, Authoring (content creation), Delivery, and Quality assurance. On 30 April, the STC Board of Directors accepted a business case from its Certification Task Force. Currently certification will be based on assessing portfolios and work artifacts, not examinations. Click here for more details.

Online Certificate Courses from STC
STC has posted two Online Certificate Courses. The two courses already announced are:
* TechComm 101, 19 July-30 August, Presented by Leah Guren
* Technical Communication Manager, 14 October-18 November, Presented by Saul Carliner
More courses will be announced in the coming weeks. The details can be found here.

Intercom is Now Online!
The final step in the in-depth overhaul to Intercom is complete, with an online HTML version of the magazine. Months of work by the Intercom Redesign Task Force has come to fruition here. You can read the HTML, PDF, and flipbook versions, as well as purchase and read a print copy.

Upcoming webinars
The following Webinars have been announced:

  • Promoting Your Career through Social Media – presented by Rich Maggiani on 23 June.
  • Building Visual Explanations: Practical Advice for Writers – presented by Don Moyer on 30 June.

More information here.

Body of Knowledge Introduces “Adopt a Topic”
At the 2010 Summit, the Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBoK) Task Force introduced its latest push, for populating the wiki: Adopt a Topic! Visit the TCBoK site and click on “Volunteer – Adopt a Topic.” Or if you want to jump right into it, go directly to the Adopt a Topic page!

The 2010 President’s Award Winners
Larry Kunz and Rick O’Sullivan both received the prestigious President’s Award from STC President Cindy Currie during Keynote Session at the Summit in Dallas, Texas. Read more here.

STC Publications online
The brand new website for Technical Communication is now live here! Alternatively, visit the STC website and click on the “Technical Communication Online” button to access it. The sites will be evolving constantly, so please give feedback!

2011 Elections
Interested in running for office in 2011, or know someone you think should run? See the nomination form in the April edition of Intercom.

Announcements compiled by Indus task force member Ashish Gupta.


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