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Technical Communication Symposium 2019
(TC Symposium 2019)


Growing Together

Advances in social, mobile, AI, IoT, and other digital technologies have allowed individuals, organizations and a variety of companies, particularly start-ups, to transcend industry barriers to create new value. With the rapid pace of digitization, we see a shift from traditional waterfall-based development to agile development to flexibly accommodate specification and design changes. Just as greater flexibility is in demand in the modern workplace, so also do organizations and human resources need to respond flexibly. Many companies come up short in meeting this everyday challenge, and they are likely asking themselves how they can secure and nurture talented staff to adapt to change.

Human resource development is different in today's business environment. Back in the days of high economic growth, employees learned by following and observing more-experienced co-workers. This organic process of individual on-the-job training (OJT) effectively passed along know-how to personnel who were not yet fully qualified to do their work on their own. Nowadays, technological obsolescence has put a deadline on the value of senior staff's experience and know-how. OJT does not provide enough chances for more diverse learning, so companies need employees to build not only vertical relationships with co-workers but also lateral relationships inside and outside the company. Business needs self-motivated individuals who understand their own learning style and organize their own learning to grow with their colleagues.
Likewise, user documentation needs to evolve to meet the demands of users who search and browse manuals instead reading them entirely. The digital medium is also changing, as more mobile users than PC users access digital documents. In short, users expect to quickly get the information they want, whenever they want, from wherever they want. To satisfy these demands, technical communicators have little choice but to change how information is disseminated.
Technical communication technologies have the ability to activate communication. These technologies are essential to a modern society grappling with a changing business climate. By providing documentation organized to deliver information personalized to the individual to prevent misinterpretation by the receiver, we are facilitating "Growing Together," which is the theme of Technical Communication Symposium 2019.

The theme has no subtitle because we believe the growth brought about together by manufacturers and customers, senior and junior co-workers, developers and writers, and many others will depend on the situation and circumstances. We are free to imagine what growing together means to us.

FUJITSU LEARNING MEDIA LIMITED
SCREEN Creative Communications Co., Ltd.
June 2019


Symposium in Tokyo

August 27 (Tue) and 28(Wed), 2019

Place:Tokyo Gakugei University , Koganei-shi, Tokyo
http://www.u-gakugei.ac.jp/english/access/

In Tokyo, we will have a keynote speech, panel discussions, special sessions, mini-panel sessions, case studies and research presentations and an introduction to a variety of TC-related products. We will also be holding an awards presentation ceremony for winning entries, divisions, and special categories of the 2019 Japan Manual Award Contest. TC-related Products Exhibition/Information Plaza Exhibition will be conducted during the two days from August 27 to 28.

The contents of the main sessions will be published on the website as soon as it is decided.


Symposium in Kyoto

October 9 (Wed), 10 (Thu) and 11 (Fri), 2019

Place: Kyoto Research Park
http://www.krp.co.jp/english/access_to_krp/

In Kyoto, we will a keynote speech, panel discussions, special sessions, mini-panel sessions, case studies and research presentations and an introduction to a variety of TC-related products. We will also be holding an awards presentation ceremony for winning "manual of the year" of the 2019 Japan Manual Award Contest.
TC-related Products Exhibition/Information Plaza Exhibition will be conducted during the three days from October 9 to 11.

The contents of the main sessions will be published on the website as soon as it is decided.


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