STC offers multiple online courses where participants can earn a certificate of successful completion. The courses are generally divided into 90-minute sessions and presented live online over several weeks. Participants must log in for all sessions to earn the certificate.
To participate in an online course, you must be able to access Moodle, STC's virtual course management site, and Adobe Connect, STC's online meeting space. You can test your Adobe Connect connection. Adobe Connect is a standard web seminar tool (no separate download required) and all you need is a reliable Internet connection and phone line, or a computer with VoIP capabilities. If you cannot access Adobe Connect and/or Moodle, then you will not be able to successfully complete an online course.
Each course is offered separately and includes five to eight sessions. To obtain a certificate of attendance, participants must log in for each of the sessions.
Members $595 each
Not Yet Members $995 each
Student Members $295 each
Note: Cost is transferable to another certificate course but is not refundable.
Note: Online registration closes two business days before the first class in each course.
Technical Communication for Engineers
Leah Guren and Hillary Hart | Online Course
13 January-17 March 2015 (Tuesdays) | 11:00 AM-12:150 PM EST (GMT-5, GMT-4 after
For information about this course, see our earlier post about it http://events.stcwdc.org/technical-communication-for-engineers/
Tech Comm 101
Leah Guren, Cow TC | Online Course
14 January-25 February 2015 (Wednesdays) | 12:00-1:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Technical communication is an exciting and challenging career that offers unlimited opportunity for professional development. But to succeed, it's not enough to learn a desktop publishing or Help Authoring Tool—you need to master the analysis process. This is a thinking person's dream career!
TechComm 101 is the fastest, most efficient way to jump-start your career in technical communication. It covers key theory that you can immediately apply to your work, as well as giving you the skills you need to continue to learn and grow. Each element of theory is presented with hands-on exercises, real-world examples, and plenty of discussion. The course is sure to leave you feeling enthusiastic and well-prepared to get started in the field.
Producing Effective Video Documentation
Matt Sullivan | Online Course
15 January-19 February 2015 (Thursdays) | 2:00-3:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Matt Sullivan has provided a short video introduction at http://youtu.be/gmPUGFEDYD4.
What does it mean to produce video documentation, anyway? What makes it effective? There are a number of tools, methods, and production techniques that make up the answer to that question. Depending on who has requested the video documentation, how will it be used, and the timeframe and expense to accomplish the project, you might be "asked" to produce the video using a video or webcam with QuickTime or other software; a tool for enhancing PowerPoint presentations like Adobe/Articulate Presenter products; screencasts or webinar recording software like Adobe Connect, WebEx, or GoToMeeting; interactive simulation software like Captivate; or working with interactive 3D.
This six-week course provides exposure to each of these methods, with best practices provided by Matt Sullivan, who teaches video techniques and technical communication online as a core part of his business. In addition to the topics listed above, you will learn proper techniques for audio recording and editing, video lighting, and publishing to a variety of servers and formats.