Imagine a two-day course covering the things you need to advance your career in technical communication-an in-depth, focused course taught by some of the most respected names in the field. Now imagine that you have a choice of five such courses, each covering a different subject within technical communication. That's the STC Training Program-a new learning venue designed for today's professionals and scheduled for October 20-21.
The five two-day courses, described in detail at www.stc.org/training, cover the following subjects:
The Architecture of Content Instructor: Jonathan Price, STC Fellow
Creating and Using Personas to Improve Usability. Instructor: Whitney Quesenbery, STC Associate Fellow
Focusing on Content: Making Web Sites Work for Users. Instructors: Janice (Ginny) Redish, STC Fellow, and Caroline Jarrett
Leadership in Information Management: Developing the Business Framework and Implementation Roadmap for Single Sourcing, Content Management, and Knowledge Management. Instructor: Benhong Rosaline (Roz) Tsai, STC Associate Fellow
XML: From Hand-Coding to WYSIWYG Authoring. Instructor: Neil Perlin, STC Associate Fellow
The STC Training Program will take place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Crystal City, Virginia (near Washington, DC). Register by September 21, 2005, and the cost for STC members is $1,095 (with hotel, $1,295-see note) and $1,255 for non-members (with hotel, $1,455-see note). After September 21, cost increases $150.
Don't miss out on this unique opportunity. For information or to register,
please visit www.stc.org/training.
Note: Hotel accommodations include up to three nights lodging in Crystal
City, Virginia. Registration includes two breakfasts and two lunches. Discounts are available for multiple registrants from the same company.
IEEE Professional Communications Call for Papers
Special issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication to focus on Examining International Outsourcing: Perspectives, Practices, and Projections.
Texas Tech University
Department of English
Deadline for abstracts
October 1, 2005
International outsourcing (or offshoring) has become a topic of increased interest and concern, primarily because of the effects it is having on the nature of knowledge-based work. While a great deal has been written on the effects of international outsourcing in relation to the information technology and the customer service industries, relatively little has been published on the effects international outsourcing is having on professional communication. Similarly, relatively little has been written on how international outsourcing practices might change the nature of specific technical communication practices or change the field in general. Such perspectives, however, are essential to technical communicators who must re-think the nature of their jobs in an age of global business practices. Additionally, such perspectives are important for educators who train the technical communicators of tomorrow.
This special issue will examine how inter national outsourcing is affecting professional and educational practices in technical communication and how international outsourcing could shape future practices in both areas.
Topics of interest for this special issue include:
Which technical fields seem poised to engage in large-scale
international outsourcing in the future? What implications will such
outsourcing have for technical communicators working in related
What technical communication tasks or practices are particularly
susceptible to international outsourcing?
What lessons can technical communicators learn from how
international outsourcing has affected other professional fields?
Which nations seem poised to become international outsourcing
providers for technical communication tasks? How well prepared are
workers in those nations to perform such tasks?
How have international outsourcing practices in other fields shaped
the ways in which technical communicators interact with SMEs in
What technology developments can facilitate the international
outsourcing of technical communication practices? What developments
could affect how technical communicators interact with SMEs located in
Which international legal factors affect international outsourcing
practices? How do technical communicators fit into that legal framework?
How should educational practices change to train technical
communicators to work effectively in an environment of international
What implications does online education have for the training of
technical communicators in other nations? How might such situations
affect the outsourcing of technical communication practices?
Please include the following information in your abstract:
title of the proposed article
name, institutional affiliation, and contact information for authors
overview of proposed article topic
discussion of the contribution this article will make to research, teaching, or other professional practices in the field of technical communication
Abstracts due: October 1, 2005
Invitation to submit full papers for peer review: October 15, 2005
Full papers due: December 15, 2005
The invitation to submit full papers for review does not mean a paper has been accepted for publications. Rather, all full papers will undergo a peer review process, the results of which will be used to determine whether the paper will be published in this special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.
Questions should be emailed to the Kirk St. Amant at email@example.com, and prospective contributors are welcome to contact the guest editor to discuss prospective topics for an article.