A directory of resources inthe field of technical communication.


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Choose and Handle Presentation Remotes

Presentation remotes are both a blessing and a curse, depending on how easy they are to use and how familiar we are with them. They do free us from having to constantly stand by the keyboard, but misusing them turns off the audience. Strengths and weaknesses of four models are reviewed and advice for handling them is given.

Lebrun, Jean-Luc. Scivee (2009). Presentations>Technology>Software>Microsoft PowerPoint


Creating Quality Content with Open Source Tools   (PDF)

The detailed notes for the presentation on creating quality content with Open Source tools that was given at DocTrain East 2008 (Oct. 31, 2008).

Nesbitt, Scott. DMN Communications (2008). Presentations>Technology>Open Source>Technical Writing


Digital Scientific and Technical Information Initiatives in an Interagency Context   (PDF)

Federal STI agencies will have a cooperative enterprise where capabilities are shared and challenges are faced together so that the sum of accomplishments is greater than each individual agency can achieve on its own.

Carroll, Bonnie C. OSTI (1999). Presentations>Slideshows>Technology


Does "New and Improved" Always Mean Better?

A few years back a Canadian company asked me to review their corporate presentation. They seemed pretty pleased with what they had created but asked if I could take a look at things with a professional eye and provide them with some constructive feedback. I rarely turn down these types of requests because every one of us can benefit from some objective perspective from time to time. They went on to tell me that they had been working hard over the years to improve the quality of their presentations and they even went to the extent of purchasing Macromedia Action (no longer available). This high-end presentation design package featured timeline-based slide orchestration, a boatload of new effects, easier media integration capability and a host of other features to be able to create `professional results in minutes'.

Endicott, Jim. Presenters University (2003). Articles>Presentations>Technology>Microsoft PowerPoint


How Slides and Transparencies Stack Up to Micro and Ultraportables

Microportable and ultraportable projectors are changing how Corporate America presents information, sells products and trains employees and customers. Small enough to fit in a brief case, light enough to carry from appointment to appointment and easy enough to use without extensive training, these projectors deliver big, brilliant video, graphic and data images that are sure to grab and hold the attention of audiences.

Presenters University (2003). Articles>Presentations>Technology>Microsoft PowerPoint


Identifying Obstacles for New Writers in Industry   (PDF)

Technical writers can increase their value by having a technical base along with their communication skills. The technical base provides a way to recognize and appreciate d@erent perspectives in an industry collaboration. Misunderstanding or ignorance of differing perspectives can result in serious interpersonal and corporation issues that affect the final product. This presentation describes some of the obstacles encountered by a new technical writer on a software documentation teatn. These obstacles are examined in Iight of technical writing research in an effort to identify possible classroom strategies that might prevent or ease tensions that arise between collaborators with different backgrounds.

Seton, Julie A. STC Proceedings (1995). Presentations>Writing>Technology


Interactive Digital Presentations

As we enter the millennium, more and more people are learning how to utilize technology in their presentations. We are no longer limited to a laptop, projector and screen. Digital whiteboards are becoming more widely used in a presentation environment and this course will explain how to utilize this technology.

Presenters University (2002). Articles>Presentations>Technology


Looking Beyond the Technology: Supporting the University Community’s Use of Information Technology   (PDF)

The distributed nature of information technology services poses considerable challenges to the technical writer handling policy interpretation, dissemination, and education. Our unit endeavors to stay abreast of new technology and anticipate new issues. No sooner did I arrive on my job than MP3 music sites became the main topic among students. By their downloading of music from the Internet, some students were potentially violating copyrights.

Young, Kathleen A. STC Proceedings (2000). Presentations>Technology


Managing Technology Transfer: Issues for Scientific Communicators   (PDF)

Technology transfer is arguably one of the greatest communication opportunities of our day. In this panel presentation, we will define technology transfer terms and issues, identify technology transfer issues in private industry as well as in government R & D labs, and discus how today’s technical communicators can play a key role in technology transfer.

Cuba, Laurence L., Rich McGillick, Suzanne S. Roberts, Donna G. Roper and David Schuelke. STC Proceedings (1995). Presentations>Scientific Communication>Technology>Technology Transfer


New Media Technology II

Two collaborative presentations about the status and factors that influence technology adoption within research in technical communication programs.

Amidon, Stevens R., Stuart Blythe, Libby Allison, Miriam Williams and Meloni McMichael. CPTSC (2005). Presentations>Multimedia>Technology


New Prompters Open New Presentation Opportunities

Using a prompting system is not something reserved for just Presidents and CEOs. Many people have avoided using prompting because they felt these systems were too ugly and distractive to have at a presentation or perhaps too heavy to take on the road. Whether in the field or on stage, many people objected to using prompters because they made the speaker's presentation style too constrained and contrived. The new generation of LCD (Liquid Crystal Display)-based prompting systems have changed all that!

Fink, Lorin. Presenters University (2002). Articles>Presentations>Technology


Participatory Decision Making, Technology, and the Environment: Overview   (PDF)

Technical communication is increasingly identified with high tech and particularly with documentation. This affiliation and the issues that technology raises have spurred the field to grow not just in numbers but also in knowledge. For example, the concepts of users and usability offer rich ways to look at documents and their development and implementation.

Rude, Carolyn D. STC Proceedings (2001). Presentations>Collaboration>Technology


Presentation Pointers   (peer-reviewed)

This site provides tips on how to deliver a good technical presentation, both for the presenter him/herself, as well as for the content matter of the presentation. For the presenter, the note about the three Vs (Visual, Vocal and Verbal) are a must-read, and whether it is a PowerPoint presentation or a demo, the tips on how the presentation matter needs to be structured will be greatly apppreciated by any amateur/ experienced presenter.

Presentation Pointers (2000). Presentations>Technology>Communication>Business Communication


Presenting a Technology Analysis: The Context and Your Delivery

This PowerPoint file of 45 slides covers the Role of the Chief Technology Officer and characterizes his or her audiences. The file covers how CTOs adjust to these audiences by meeting the criteria of accessibility, comprehensibility, usability, and interpersonal and cultural appeal. The last 25 slides show how content can be reinforced through various aspects of design and animation.

conneXions (2008). Presentations>Technology>Reports>Engineering


The Rhetoric Of Technology Transfer   (PDF)

Socializing technology is the rhetorical goal of technology transfer. Specialists from many walks of the technical communication profession can participate in this goal by involving themselves in key processes such as developing market awareness, creating inreach and outreach programs, and facilitating collaborative ventures. Similarly, those communicators involved in designing databases, electronic networks, and information architectures are well positioned to make important contributions to the technology transfer industry.

Roberts, Suzanne S. STC Proceedings (1994). Presentations>Technology


Technical Writers on Technical Staff: An Alternative Career Path   (PDF)

The technical ladder provides an alternative to the traditional management ladder rewarding top performers while encouraging them to continue doing what they do best. Technical staff can provide a career path for technical writers who plan to remain with the same company over a long period of time. Not everyone can become a manager; not everyone can become a member of technical staff. But, a dual ladder significantly increases the opportunities for recognition and for job satisfaction.

Tatge, Pamela K. STC Proceedings (1994). Presentations>Technology


Using a Wiki as an Organizational Portal

We explain why we chose a wiki-based content management system (CMS) as the basis for the portal for KeyContent.org. We compare various tools and discuss other sites that have implemented similar software for collaborative solutions.

Albing, Bill and Rick Sapir. KeyContent.org (2006). Presentations>Technology>Organizations>Wikis


A View from the Crossroads: New Hope for the Technologically Oppressed   (PDF)

Recent advances in technology have brought today’s technical communicators to a crossroads. Writers are faced with the choice of learning a host of new skills not related to traditional writing skills or of becoming dependent on specialists in other fields to complete the technical communication process. By viewing new technologies asopportunities rather than problems, writers can gain control of the media as well as the message, increasing their ability to control the entire communication process.

Weber, Barbara C. and Arthur H. Pike. STC Proceedings (1993). Presentations>Writing>Technology


A Visualizer is Not Just a "Document Camera"

It is known by many names: Visualizer, Visual Presenter, Visual Copy Stand even the misnomer, “Document Camera.” “Document Camera” is the most commonly used name, however they are much more than just a “Document Camera.” And, it is not an overhead projector where you can show documents either. It is truly much more than this. A Visualizer is a 'live' camera that picks up live images and allows you to view them over any display device. The true beauty of Visualizers can be summed up in one word – flexibility. It can be a piece of paper, a transparency, a 3-dimensional object, a 35mm slide, an x-ray or even a large item or person in a room. Quite an amazing and versatile device, and all in live motion.

Presenters University (2003). Articles>Presentations>Technology>Microsoft PowerPoint

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