40th STC Annual Conference--Post-Conference Workshop Descriptions

Subject: 40th STC Annual Conference--Post-Conference Workshop Descriptions
From: Binion Amerson <aba -at- OC -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1993 06:37:30 -0700

June 6-10, 1993, Loews Anatole Hotel, Dallas, Texas, USA


On Thursday, June 10, 1993, seven full-day and two half-day in-depth, hands-on
Post-Conference Workshops will be offered to attendees of the 40th STC Annual
Conference. These sessions will be conducted by well-known experts on subjects
of current interest to technical communicators.

The following is a description of the nine Post-Conference Workshops:

So You Want to Teach Technical Communication?
Leaders: Alice I. Philbin, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Michael L. Keene, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Learn from teachers, with 60 years of combined experience, how to design and
improve a technical or professional writing course. In friendly collaboration
with others, work with syllabi, graded papers, and written texts.
Full-Day, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Ming Room, Mezzanine Level

Designing and Delivering Effective Training.
Leaders: Celia E. Clark, Celia Clark Consulting Inc., Brampton, ON< Canada
Carolyn L. Watt, Carolyn Watt & Associatea, Markham, ON, Canada
Explore the principles of effective training through a series of exercises,
experiments, and discussions.
Full-Day, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Travertine Room, Mezzanine Level

The Real Costs of Technical Publications.
Leader: Patricia Caenarven-Smith, Motorola Telepoint Systems, Boynton Beach, FL
Learn all about cost analysis and estimating in technical publication
Full-Day, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wyeth Room, Mezzanine Level

Product Usability: Survival Techniques.
Leader: Jared Spool, User Interface Engineering, Andover, MA
Learn how usability testing can help you understand and improve the technical
communication process.
Full-Day, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Rosetta Room, Mezzanine Level

How to Use Qualitative Research Techniques in Your Organization.
Leader: Saul A. Carliner, Carliner and Company, Atlanta, GA
"Qualitative" is the hottest buzzword in research, but what is qualitative
research? What is its value to you? Explore five popular qualitative
research techniques.
Half-Day, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - Noon, Steuben Room, Mezzanine Level

Script Design for Information Video.
Leader: S. Martin Shelton, Shelton Communications, Ridgecrest, CA
Expand your knowledge of script design to solve specific, complex
communication problems using video. View videos to see solutions to similar
problems. Practice communication analysis and explore advanced concepts in
film design techniques.
Full-Day, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Milan Room, Mezzanine Level

Creating Online Documentation.
Leaders: Dorothy L. Poole, Interleaf, Inc., Waltham, MA
Susanne Vieira, Interleaf, Inc., Waltham, MA
Covers several areas involved in creating online, hypertext documentation.
Participants will organize a document, design screens, design navigational
aids, as well as a hyperlink system for its use online.
Full-Day, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Madrid Room, Mezzanine Level

Indexing Technical Documents.
Leader: Larry S. Bonura, Convex Computer Corp., Richardson, TX
Learn a systematic approach to developing an index, including how to select
topics, describe topics, handle special cases, and create useful cross
Full-Day, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Manchester Room, Mezzanine Level

Contextual Inquiry: Improving Information Design.
Leaders: Minette A. Beabes, Digital Equipment Corp., Hashua, NH
Mary E. Raven, Digital Equipment Corp., Hashua, NH
Karen Holtzblatt, Digital Equipment Corp., Hashua, NH
Contextual inquiry is a field research technique that focuses on interviewing
users in the context of doing their work. Learn and practice contextual
inquiry during this workshop.
Half-Day, Thursday, 1 - 5 p.m., Steuben Room, Mezzaine Level

NOTE: Register by May 28, 1993, and avoid late registration fees.
Post-Conference Workshop attendance is limited. Advanced registration
is required. See the Registration Form on page 69 of the Preliminary Program
for more information. Lunch is not included in the Post-Conference Workshop
Registration fee.

For a copy of the Preliminary Program, Registration Material, and Exposition
Information for the 40th STC Annual Conference, contact the Society for
Technical Communication, 901 North Stuart Street, Suite 904, Arlington,
Virginia 22203-1854; telephone 703/522-4114; fax 703/522-2075. Or, send
E-Mail to aba -at- oc -dot- com and include your name, address, and telephone number.

Binion Amerson, aba -at- oc -dot- com
General Manager, 40th STC Annual Conference

Binion Amerson, Senior Technical Writer, OpenConnect Systems, 2711 LBJ, Ste
800, Dallas, TX 75234, Ph 214/888-0447; Fax 214/484-6100; Email aba -at- oc -dot- com
General Manager, 40th STC Annual Conference, June 6-9, 1993, Dallas, Texas.

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