Welcome to the TC Dojo

From the creators, producers, and host of Arbortext Monster Garage and TC Camp!

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What is TC Dojo?

TC Dojo is a virtual meeting place for the Technical Communications professional. Whether you are just starting out in the field or you are a well-seasoned expert, everyone can gain valuable learning at the TC Dojo.

Why call it a dojo?

A dojo (道場 dōjō?) is a Japanese term which literally means “place of the way.” Typically, it is the place for learning and practicing a martial art form. We decided to borrow this theme and apply it to the practice and learning for the art of Technical Communication.

What will we cover?

Ever wish they were talking about what you cared about? Now is your chance at the TC Dojo.

Topics range from developing skill sets to specific tool use to solving advanced complex challenges.

How does it work?

There are three ways to learn at the Dojo

Open Sessions

Free General Audience Sessions – For Technical Communications professionals at every level.

We cover a wide range of topics appropriate for a wide range of practitioners from the beginner to the advanced.

Session Topics are selected by the attendees and can cover anything of concern to Technical Communications professionals such as architectural design, analysis, technology, or even tools.

What is important to you?

Mastermind Session

Ever feel like you are spinning your wheels trying to solve an issue? How valuable would it be for you to have a sounding board?

The Mastermind sessions are unique learning opportunities where members talk about real time issues they are solving and share ideas for possible solutions. Chances are if you are facing something, someone has gone before you or they are in the same place.

Masterminds meet once a month for an hour. These are Members-Only sessions

Private Mentoring

Ever have one of those questions that is too big for the mailing list but not big enough to engage a consultant over? Working through one of our books and want help from the author?

Our TC Dojo Mentoring Sessions are for anyone who needs some one-on-one time with an expert who can focus on you–your specific situation, needs, and questions.

Private mentoring sessions are perfect for lone writers and individuals responsible to a bigger team. Private mentoring sessions are all about you.

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Coming Up in the TC Dojo

Documenting experience: West Virginians affected by natural gas pipeline

Erin Carlson, West Virginia University, will be in Room 42 to explore the intersection of environmental humanities and digital humanities to discover how technical communicators can be the bridge between divergent perspectives.

12 May 2021 @ 8:30 AM Pacific/US

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TC Dojo Mastermind

Discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

13. May 2021

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Digital Technology and the Future of Work

Tim Amidon, Colorado School of Public Health, will be in Room 42 to discuss how emerging technologies are transforming work within the fire and emergency services industry. We’ll also talk about how practitioners, designers, and researchers might leverage UX and techcomm research to cultivate coalitions for the design and integration of more accessible, equitable, inclusive, and just technologies.

26 May 2021 @ 8:30 AM Pacific/US

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Arbortext Mastermind

Discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced by Arbortext users. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

27 May 2021

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In June…

TC Dojo

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7 June 2021 @ 9AM Pacific/US

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How Design Thinking Can Make Us Better Technical and Professional Communicators

Jason Tham, Texas Tech University, will be in Room 42 to discuss the definition of design thinking and its meaning for technical communication contexts, including how some attributes of design thinking like “empathy” and “radical collaboration” can make us better communicators.

9 June 2021 @ 8:30 AM Pacific/US

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TC Dojo Mastermind

Discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced in techcomm. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

17 June 2021

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Arbortext Mastermind

Discussions range widely, covering any and all issues faced by Arbortext users. All sessions are live; you snooze, you lose. Members only.

30 June 2021

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Recently in the TC Dojo

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Here’s what you missed…

In the TC Dojo

Accessibility Basics for Technical and Professional Writers

On May 3rd, Bob Johnson talked about how technical and professional writers can create a more diverse and inclusive world by delivering accessible content and why accessibility is an important concern for technical communicators.

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In Room 42

Collisions in Patient Education: Surveillance, Medical Devices, and Communication

On April 28th, Krista Kennedy and Noah Wilson, Syracuse University, were in Room 42 to discuss the complexities of algorithmic ecologies in medical wearables and navigating data surveillance disclosure in patient education materials of compulsory medical wearables.

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Career Advice for Writing Professionals

April 14th, Saul Carliner, Concordia University, discussed techniques and strategies to relieve career anxiety for technical and professional communicators who want to stay competitive, specifically factors that impact future employability.

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Archives

After all these years, we’ve had a lot of sessions. Use the search or browse through one of the archive categories:

Filed under Accessibility

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Writing Accessible Technical Documentation

Erin Wiedemer & Danielle ​Danielle Matthews, DSS

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The Interplay of UX and TechComm

Deborah Sauer & Sam Park, Sonos

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Exploring the Intersections of UX and Techcomm

Emma Rose, University of Washington

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