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.

What TC Dojo level are you?

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Coming Up in the TC Dojo

Arbortext Mastermind

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

29 July 2021

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In August…

What Every TPC Professional Needs to Understand About UX

No matter what kind of work you do as a TPC professional, chances are you working with information intended for a very specific user. This is the user who will read your content, interact with your product, or navigate your website should have a positive experience, and there are plenty of things you can do to ensure that reality. In this session, we will talk about user experience (UX) in general, how it applies to the world of TPC professionals across industries, and how you can take steps to build a positive experience for any and all of your potential users.

2 August 2021 @ 9AM Pacific/US

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How Asset-Based Inquiry Methods Can Reveal Solutions

In this session, Lucia Dura, University of Texas at El Paso, is in the room to explore the applications and dimensions of positive deviance, an approach to social and organizational change. Positive deviance asks questions about outliers and exceptions. It prompts us, through asset-based inquiry, to search for solutions that already exist in our communities and systems, but that we tend to overlook.

4 August 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.

12 August 2021

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How Audio Description Improves Accessibility for Visual Media

Dr. Brett Oppegaard, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, is in the room to discuss audio description research and how it remediates visual media, such as photographs, into audible media, primarily for the benefit of people who are blind or have low vision.

18 August 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.

26 August 2021

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In September…

TC Dojo Mastermind

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

9 September 2021

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Designing Multilingual Experiences in Technical Communication

Globalization is increasingly important in technical communication, requiring that technical communicators work with multilingual communities. How can technical communicators work in global contexts, specifically with multilingual communities? How does language influence all the work that technical communicators do? Dr.Laura Gonzales will answer these questions!

13 September 2021 @ 9AM Pacific/US

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Room 42

When: 15 September 2021

In Room 42: Learn more about how practitioners and researchers work together to advance the content profession and why you should care.

Huatong Sun, University of Washington Tacoma, will be in the room!

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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.

23 September 2021

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Room 42

When: 29 September 2021

In Room 42: Learn more about how practitioners and researchers work together to advance the content profession and why you should care.

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Recently in the TC Dojo

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Here’s what you missed…

In the TC Dojo

Deconflict: A User-Centered Approach to Editing for the Military

On July 12th, Melissa Schuck discussed how military organizations often pose unique challenges when it comes to fully understanding needs and preferences while balancing best practices for communication. A user-centered approach that promotes ethnographic study and co-authorship can help technical communicators improve products and outcomes for military organizations while respecting the language and culture integral to this audience.

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In Room 42

How Technical Writing Builds Global Bridges

In this episode, Dr. Xiaoli Li, University of Dayton, explains how technical and professional writers can build bridges and improve communication in global contexts.

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Bringing Transparency to Big Data, Composition, and Peer Review

In this episode, Dr. Amanda Licastro, University of Pennsylvania, explains how an edited collection about composition and big data led to a unique approach to peer review and insights into how engaged authors can shape future scholarship.

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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 Audience

Who Are You? (I Really Wanna Know)

Chris Hester, Red Desk Studio

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Why Audience Contexts Matter to Content Creators

Lisa Melonçon, University of South Florida

Filed Under Accessibility

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Writing Accessible Technical Documentation

Erin Wiedemer & Danielle ​Danielle Matthews, DSS

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