Let’s start the new year with a special PSU Tech Meetup. On Wed. Jan. 15 we have the opportunity to hear about the fascinating research and courses offered by PSU Communication faculty, Dr. Brianne Suldovsky. Her area of research is science communication and she is currently teaching a course in risk communication, which several MTPW students are enrolled in. She also teaches courses in science communication, an area that many technical communicators are interested in.
In November, the PSU Technical and Professional writing meetup hosted a special guest, Carrie Gilbert, who talked about UX design, user experience and technical communication.
This will be a special joint meetup with two other groups in town: Write the Docs and Support Driven. This will be a great chance to network outside of the PSU Community.
The program, “A Day in the Life…” promises to be fascinating. Six members of these three meetups will be documenting in video and photos what they do at work all day to share with us on Oct. 16. This will be a chance to get an inside look at technical communication and related jobs across multiple industries and companies in Portland.
For May, the PSU Technical and Professional Writing program met to learn about and discuss issues regarding translation, internationalization and technical communication with guest speaker Amy Coulter.
In April, the PSU Tech/Pro program gathered to focus on agile project management and technical communication. We were joined by Richard Coffey, a certified professional scrum product owner, and watched portions of a webinar from STC about agile and technical communication, with a detailed discussion afterwards.
For the beginning of the year in 2018, the program met to discuss “Usability & Design” and “Leading as an Introvert.” We were joined by a special guest, the founder of Write the Docs for a detailed and informative discussion.
In November of 2017, the Technical and Professional writing program, under the guidance of new director Dr. Sarah Read, kicked off the first in a series of technical communication meet ups. For the inaugural gathering, we talked about technical communication and information-gathering through presentations and group discussion.