From The Editor’s Desk

Hello everyone,

I want to share with you the upcoming “Live Web Seminars” available through the month of March.

Seminar Pricing

Benefits: No travel time; Pay per site and not per person; Train without leaving the office

Cost: Members $59 each; Not Yet Members $149 each; Student Member $29 each. Note: Cost is transferable but is not refundable. Registration closes the day prior to each webinar. Please add regina.tatum@stc.org to your address book to ensure receipt of registration emails.

SIX SIMPLE SUCCESS HACKS

Leah Guren

Tuesday, 4 March | 10:00–11:00 AM EST (GMT-5)

Whether you are an in-house employee, a freelancer, or run your own business, you need to manage your career. But most of us are so busy doing our jobs that we don’t take the time to develop a long-term strategy, or even plan and implement the business and administrative skills needed to support our TC efforts. Without managing your career, you may find yourself in a rut, become bored, unenthusiastic, or even depressed. Your career may stagnate financially—or even disappear. This webinar presents six simple “hacks” (minor tweaks) that you can use to improve the business side of your career. Each hack is presented with the reason, examples, and clear guidelines to help you implement it immediately.

DITA-BASED DOCUMENTATION FOR COMPLEX SOFTWARE PRODUCTS

Carsten Brennecke

Wednesday, 5 March | 1:00–2:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

This webinar describes the challenges of providing documentation for broad software portfolios with heavy reuse of software components between products, and at the same time, managing extremely complex versioning. Learn how a company used specialized DITA maps to componentize documentation according to software components, described the interdependencies between software components, and provided for reuse. For each release, containers reflecting the software were strung together in a hierarchy to define the content set and linking rules within it.

USING VIDEO/ANIMATION: FROM STORYBOARD TO FINISHED PROJECT

Cynthia Chin-Lee and Lisa Kuder

Thursday, 13 March | 4:00–5:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Planning a video or animation project to complement your technical publications or as a standalone project? Where do you start? Assuming you have selected your video or animation environment (hardware, software, writers, videographers, and production site), you will learn the steps involved in developing and then creating the video/animation projects. See how to determine what to include in the video or animation, and what additional steps are required in the project beyond typical documentation. You will also learn how to integrate the animation or video into the documentation library, corporate websites, and social media.

PLUGGING OUR BLACK HOLES OF KNOWLEDGE

Ray Gallon

Tuesday, 18 March | 10:00–11:00 AM EDT (GMT-4)

For most of our history, we have designed linear, sequential learning systems, starting with beginners’ level and progressing to advanced. But the Web lets us quickly find morsels of information out of sequence, without the context to understand it. We all have “quantum black holes” in our knowledge bases, which we fill in using a variety of strategies, mostly improvised. This presentation focuses on techniques for designing information to integrate into this world of “standalone chunks” that comes from a “new” user interaction model and a new type of user/learner.

These webinars are very helpful as well as convenient.  Please take advantage of these informative presentations.

R.D. Sharninghouse
Editor, Memo 2 Members Newsletter
ralph2010@knights.ucf.edu

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