Monday, April 25, 2011

Technical Communication in a Digital Age

STC Chicago and Northern Illinois University are pleased to announce the Summer 2011 course, Technical Communication in a Digital Age. This course addresses methods for using technology in the workplace, and for authoring, collaborating on, delivering, and receiving information within challenging new digital environments. Course content and activities will offer new ways for thinking about the role of technical communication in a digital age by­ providing insights into structured authoring, content management, usability, social media, and online style.

The course is designed for people with little or no experience in the field, though it often enrolls a wide range of participants, including workplace professionals. The course consists of seven Saturday workshops (9:00 am - 4:00 pm), each led by an expert in the workshop topic. Participants also work on hands-on projects related to writing for online media. Participants earn three hours of undergraduate or graduate credit through Northern Illinois University. The course professor will be Dr. Jessica Reyman, assistant professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing at NIU. No prior technology experience is needed.

Registration is now open. For registration information, visit the registration page, or contact the NIU Office of Registration and Records at (815) 753-0681 or by email. Participants should register for ENGL 424 (undergraduate) or ENGL 624 (graduate). Tuition information can be found at NIU's tuition information page.

Other questions? Please contact Jessica Reyman at 815-753-6644 or by email at

Schedule for Technical Communication in a Digital Age, Summer 2011
  • June 18, Introduction to the Course, Jessica Reyman, NIU
  • June 25, Getting Technical about Editing Websites, Jesse Racine, Xeno Media
  • July 9, Socializing Your Content: Using Wikis as Content Management Systems, Chris Hester, Infogix
  • July 16, Web Accessibility and Universal Design, Karl Stolley, IIT
  • July 23, A Usable Workflow: DIY Website User Testing, Kristi Leach, Independent Consultant
  • July 30, Writing in Multimedia, Cheryl Ball, ISU
  • August 6, Participant Presentations

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