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.

STC online courses let you explore a subject in depth over the course of several weeks. In addition to the practical work skills that you will develop, participating in a certificate program provides you with a unique, live opportunity to learn directly from an instructor and to also exchange ideas and tools virtually with the other participants in the program.

To participate in an online course, you must be able to access Moodle, STC's course management site, and Adobe Connect, STC's online meeting space. You can test your Adobe Connect connection here. 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.

For questions about registration and payment, please contact Cheryl Miller. For general inquiries or if you are interested in presenting an online course with STC, please contact Kimberly Kelly

Note: Online registration closes two business days before the first class in each course.

Technical Communication for Engineers

Presented by Hillary Hart and Leah Guren

Registration Open
13 January-17 March 2015
Tuesdays
11:00 AM-12:15 PM EST (GMT-5, GMT-4 after 8 March) 

The ability to communicate technical information effectively is important for all engineers. However, most engineering programs do not cover writing skills from the perspective of a technical communicator.

Technical communication is one of today’s fastest-growing technology-based professions. It involves all aspects of helping people use technical products and services, from analyzing user needs to creating product documentation. Engineers in many companies must work effectively with technical communicators to improve the user experience of a product or process. Cross-functional teams build interface designs, develop documentation, create effective user assistance, and conduct usability testing. As a designer, the engineer should be involved in all these steps. 

This course offers a fast and effective entry into the theory and application of technical communication. It is designed specifically for engineers of all ages and backgrounds. The material is presented at the level of a graduate seminar by two experts with extensive experience.

This course includes 10 class sessions. See full description for the schedule of sessions.

TechComm 101

Presented by Leah Guren

Registration Open
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

Presented by Matt Sullivan

Registration Open
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 Connect, WebEx, or GoToMeeting; interactive simulation software like Captivate; or working with interactive 3D.

TechComm 201

Presented by Leah Guren

In Progress; Registration Closed
23 October-11 December
Thursdays
10:30 AM-12:00 PM EDT (GMT-4, GMT-5 after 2 November)
Note: There will be no class session on 13 or 27 November

This is a more advanced course that moves beyond the basic theory in TechComm 101. The focus is on soft skills, such as estimating and managing technical communication projects and working with SMEs; and technical skills, such as advanced editing, professional tool concepts, and Help Authoring concepts.

Participants must have successfully completed TechComm 101 or have at least three years of experience as a prerequisite for this course.

Topic-Based Authoring

Presented by Sharon Burton

In Progress; Registration Closed
4 November-16 December
Tuesdays
1:00-2:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Note: There will be no class session on 11 November

Topic-based authoring lets you create and reuse content, reduces project schedules, and improves your workflow. If you are looking to move to a structured writing environment such as DITA, it's the first set of steps towards that goal.

But how to get started? What's a topic? What to do with your legacy content? How exactly do you plan this way of developing content? How long will it take to see reduced project schedules? What skills do you need to make this move? And how will this help your users?

This six-week course will cover all this and more. You'll end the course fully armed to make this move as painlessly as possible in your workplace, armed with best practices regardless of the tools you use.