Hot Topic Summit SumUp 2015

A session at Society for Technical Communication (STC) Summit 2015 – Sponsored by TC Camp

When: Wednesday 24th June 2015, 9:45am to 10:30am


Did you miss it? Did you want more details? Do you have un-answered questions? Did you want to throw some ideas around with your peers? Join TC Camp directors for an un-scripted “real-time” discussion with the hot top presenters from the STC Summit. We will break into round-table, small-group discussions where you can delve even deeper into the topics that interest you the most, such as mobile, UX/UI, graphics, API/SDK, and analytics. We end the session with a debrief, sharing highlights so you can leverage your learning with your peers. Space is limited!


  1. API
  2. Cloud
  3. Legacy Content
  4. STC



Session #1: API


Session #2: Cloud


Session #3: Legacy Content


Session #4: STC

Scribe – Lori Meyer
Facilitator – Mike McAllister

Unaffiliated members

  • How can and should STC can engage unaffiliated members? Many members live too far away from the nearest chapter and cannot attend chapter events. How can we reach and serve them? Use technology wherever possible such as Adobe Connect and Skype. Note: Chapters can obtain an Adobe Connect license at a substantial discount.
  • Issue: Unaffiliated members need to know if a chapter is nearby. Unaffiliated members are often “on their own”. It would be useful for STC to engage unaffiliated members and let them know where nearby chapters are, so that chapter members can invite unaffiliated members to join and become involved.
  • STC needs to provide more information for members to start their own chapters. The CAC has material about leadership resources, which is available on the Leadership Resources page of Members interested in starting a chapter need to find information easily if there is an interest in starting new chapters.

Engaging students and encouraging student membership

  • More engagement with colleges and universities can provide potential student members and future members of STC. One person noted that English professors are often resistant to involvement with STC.
  • Best results as far as recruiting STC members seem to come from degree programs that are professional rather than more humanities-driven. More success with professionally oriented programs, so it might be best to go to departments that are focused on professions as opposed to humanities.
  • Technical communication degree programs are often perceived as “liberal arts” programs.
  • It is critical to get younger members involved. Younger professionals are more service-oriented than is perceived. They are not as insular as we think, but their social engagement works differently than that of previous generations. They focus on communities of interest that dissolve as the work is done. They want shorter-term results. They are less trustful of institutions. Ray mentioned the evolving model of SIGS, where the focus is on flexibility. STC as a society needs to make sure it does not limit itself to traditional ways of doing things. Price of membership was an obstacle for one member at first.
  • Value of STC – involvement with chapters and conferences reinforces the value we can add.