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 McGill's design system intended for UI designers, developers, and others with a strong interest in branding and user experience. This course is not necessary for users of the WMS and other centrally managed platforms - these systems use our design system by default. 

This course covers:

  • The principles designers across McGill use to plan and evaluate their work
  • Guidelines for understanding and applying brand values to create original UI designs
  • An introduction to the McGill component library and design system compliance tiers

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. Upon completion of the course, participants will be granted access to the component library (once available) and digital design meetup group.

Mandatory for designers and managers working outside the WMS:

  • Anyone who has web design (UI design) in their mandate 
  • Anyone who manages someone with a UI design mandate
  • Anyone who wishes to hire a freelancer or agency for a web/UI design mandate

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

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.

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