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STC Webinar

Software Simulations: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices

Event Summary

Wednesday, 12 April 2006
Registration: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Webinar 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Directions are provided below.
Nortel Government Solutions (NGS)
2751 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 500
5th floor, McLean Room
Fairfax, VA 22031
Main number: 703-698-4300
Direct contact at NGS: Kate Masters: 703-207-6250
Registration for this event and must be made by Monday, 10 April 2006. To register, complete the online Event Registration form.

About the Webinar

Would you rather learn to use a computer program by reading about it or from a personal coach who shows you how and then guides you through your first steps? Software simulations provide that coach and make learning more like playing a game than reading a manual. Today, easy-to-use tools like Captivate, Camtasia, and even PowerPoint can create highly interactive, instructionally valid learning simulations. But what makes for an effective simulation? This presentation will show you how to:

  • Turn passive watchers and readers into active learners and doers.
  • Create the levels of interactivity necessary to ensure that learning sticks.
  • Avoid the most common mistakes in software simulations.
  • Streamline your workflow to avoid errors and wasted time.

About the Instructor

William Horton is a recognized international authority on appropriate uses of new electronic media. He is author of nine books on technical communication, including Designing and Writing Online Documentation (John Wiley & Sons, 1994), The Web Page Design Cookbook (John Wiley & Sons, 1996), and Designing Web-based Training (John Wiley & Sons, 2000).


Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch with them. We have drink and snack vending machines on our floor. There's also small cafe across the street from our building (for those with time on their hands).


$10: STC members and nonmembers


To make a reservation, complete the online reservation form. Entrance is not guaranteed until we receive your advance payment.

Registration and cancellation deadline: 8 p.m., Monday, 10 April 2006. Payments by check or PayPal must be received by this date.

Admission fees help to offset the costs of our events. Fees may vary from time to time because of the costs of food and beverages, room rental, and other services. Our attendees pay slightly different fees depending on whether they are members, nonmembers, students, chapter volunteers, or walk-ins. We also sometimes offer a program-only option for programs that are not held in restaurants.

If you are involved in the planning or production of an event, you are entitled to a reduced admission fee at that event. If you would like to help and thereby qualify for this discount, contact the Events Committee Manager.. Note that we do not accept last-minute volunteers unless we have an unanticipated need for extra help.


You may pay by sending a check through the U.S. Mail or by making a secure online payment through our PayPal page using your credit card, debit card, bank account, or by paying money from a funded PayPal account. (Using PayPal allows you to make purchases without revealing your credit card number or financial information to us.) We also accept cash or checks at the door.

If you have already registered and would like to submit a payment by check or through our PayPal page, see the Event Registration page for more detailed information about making a payment.


To cancel a registration, contact the Events Committee Manager as soon as possible. No shows who do not notify us that they need to cancel will be billed.

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Nortel Government Solutions (NGS)
2751 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 500
5th floor, McLean Room
Fairfax, VA 22031
Main number: 703-698-4300
Direct contact Kate Masters: 703-207-6250

Map and directions to Nortel Government Solutions (NGS) in Fairfax, VA.

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