Future Tense 2001

Taken from Twin Cities STC Web Site

The Twin Cities chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) invites members to join them in February, 2001 to share in the present and to peek at the future of technical communication.

The confirmed keynote speakers are Joe Welinske and David Chittenden.

Joe Welinske "Software User Assistance: Today and the Future." In this opening session, Joe will provide an overview of the impact that current trends in the software industry will have on technical communicators, like the use of browser-based Help, embedded Help, XML, and the increasing role of technical communicators in the development of the software user interface. He will talk about the types of skills most in demand. He will also attempt to separate the hype from what is ripe regarding the latest technologies.

The session will also include a brief look at some of the latest Help design models from Microsoft, Macromedia, Apple, and other prominent software companies.

David Chittenden became Vice President of Education at the Science Museum of Minnesota in 1993 following 15 years as director of the museumís Continuing Education program, where he initiated and developed what has become one of the largest and most successful museum-based education programs in the country.

Chittenden has extensive experience in museum education as developer and project director for major statewide and international exhibit and education projects funded by such agencies as the National Science Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is the recipient of several national program awards including a CINE Golden Eagle Award for his development of the Explore Antarctica videodisk and accompanying software.



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