Web Services training courses descriptions

Writing for the web at McGill - WS-100

Course Description

Find out how to write better text based on lessons learned from market research. We'll also look at techniques for optimizing content for the web. 

This course covers:

  • Constructing a clear portrait of your users
  • Structuring your text for the web
  • Optimizing of your content for search engines
  • Separating meaning and presentation
  • Writing URLs and other HTML tags

This course is mandatory for:

  • WMS site managers
  • WMS site editors
  • VHost site owners or administrators
  • Faculty-hosted site owners or administrators
  • blogs.mcgill.ca administrators

To register for this course, please visit the Training Request Form on Minerva (McGill username and password required).

Not sure which courses to take? Head over to course requirements.

McGill's digital standards - WS-101

Course Description

McGill's Digital Standards present an overview of the criteria for creating and managing McGill websites and online services including:

  • Best practices
  • Mandatory and legal obligations
  • Industry standards regarding web production and other digital properties

Attendees will learn about McGill's Digital Standards and find out how to achieve the standards on McGill websites.

This course is mandatory for:

  • WMS site managers
  • WMS site editors
  • VHost site owners or administrators
  • Faculty-hosted site owners or administrators
  • blogs.mcgill.ca administrators

To register for this course, please visit the Training Request Form on Minerva (McGill username and password required).

Not sure which courses to take? Head over to course requirements.

Designing digital experiences with the McGill brand - WS-102

Course Description

An introduction to the principles of good design and the McGill brand values. This course is ideal for anyone interested in improving the aesthetic and overall experience of their website. It will be especially useful to those without formal design training, or those with non-web design backgrounds. 

This course covers:

  • The principles of good UX design
  • Basic principles of aesthetic design
  • An introduction to McGill's brand values and how to apply them in digital design
  • Many examples and hands-on discussion

The course material also includes worksheets and process recommendations to facilitate the design and development of high-quality, brand-aligned and user-centric web platforms. 

This course is mandatory for site managers with VHost or Faculty-hosted (non-WMS) sites. It's also highly recommended for:

  • WMS site managers or editors who haven't had formal training in web design
  • WMS site managers who do UX design/information architecture/usability work
  • New site editors or managers who aren't familiar with our brand

To register for this course, please visit the Training Request Form on Minerva (McGill username and password required).

Not sure which courses to take? Head over to course requirements.

UX at McGill - WS-103

Course Description

This hands-on workshop is for members of the McGill community who own and manage McGill websites, especially those planning to conduct user experience research for website projects.

This course covers:

  • UX research techniques
  • McGill-supported tools and resources for conducting UX research and design
  • Tips for ensuring you meet your goals when conducting UX research
  • Examples and outcomes of past UX research exercises conducted at McGill will be presented.

This course is mandatory for:

  • Anyone planning to conduct UX research

To register for this course, please visit the Training Request Form on Minerva (McGill username and password required).

Not sure which courses to take? Head over to course requirements.

Lab for content creators - WS-104

Course Description

Attend this lab for get hands-on assistance writing and editing content for your website.

To register for this course, please visit the Training Request Form on Minerva (McGill username and password required).

Not sure which courses to take? Head over to course requirements.

 

This lab is NOT for site editors and site managers who require technical assistance developing their site in the WMS. If you need hands-on help using WMS tools and features, please register for WMS 302 - Lab for site editors and site managers. Visit our Training & events page to find out when the next lab will take place.

Refresher modules for Writing for the web at McGill - WS-100 and McGill's digital standards - WS-101

It is required for certain roles to complete, every 2 years, the refresher modules for Writing for the web at McGill - WS-100 and McGill's digital standards - WS-101.

These modules cover the newest web writing best practices and updated McGill digital standards. For each module, you must complete the self assessment quiz to ensure your knowledge of the subject.

These modules are mandatory for:

  • WMS site managers
  • WMS site editors
  • VHost site owners or administrators
  • Faculty-hosted site owners or administrators
  • blogs.mcgill.ca administrators

To register for these modules, please visit MyCourses (username and password required).

 

Web Analytics - WS-105

Course Description

Web Analytics covers the different web analytics tools available at McGill. Learn how analytics will help you design websites that fit your users needs and figure out how to achieve your goals.

This course covers:

  • Web analytics terminology
  • Google Analytics 101
  • Google Data Studio overview
  • Other analytics tools

To register for this course, please visit the Training Request Form on Minerva (McGill username and password required).

Not sure which courses to take? Head over to course requirements.

Web Accessibility - WS-106

Course Description

This course covers the different web accessibility success criteria and the tools available at McGill. Learn why accessibility is essential for web managers that want to create high quality websites and web tools.

This course covers:

  • Quick overview of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
  • Tools to improve your website
  • Other accessibility tools

To register for this course, please visit the Training Request Form on Minerva (McGill username and password required).

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