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New social media training courses

The digital communications team are launching two new social media training courses as part of a refresh to the digital visa. ‘An introduction to social media for beginners’ and ‘Developing a social media strategy’ will replace the previously offered social media basics course. The new courses have been created in response to feedback which showed…

8 October 2018Social Media

IWMW 2018: Let’s improve our training

Recently, I attended the IWMW(Institutional Web Management Workshop) 2018, a UK-wide conference for anyone working in digital in higher education. Roughly 150 delegates attended from all over the UK and Ireland. Every university’s digital team provides training for their internal staff to some extent. While St Andrews is a front-runner in terms of the training…

27 July 2018IWMW

Google Data Studio training

In 2017, Google Analytics training was created as core course on the digital visa. The training introduced participants to key Google Analytics terminology and walked through creating a dashboard in Google Analytics. However, not long after, I became aware of Google Data Studio, another Google product which allows users to creatively visualise and share data.…

21 March 2018Training

Social media training under maintenance

Based on helpful feedback we have received from the Social media: the basics course (one of the compulsory courses we offer on the digital visa programme), we have decided to redevelop the training to provide three different levels of social media training:

14 February 2018Training

Google Analytics training: an overview

Recently, the digital communications team launched the digital visa, a programme of training sessions which enables staff to feel competent working on digital communications projects. One of the courses within the visa is Google Analytics: creating a dashboard – this post outlines in more detail what the Google Analytics training session covers. The session By…

24 May 2017Training

Digital visa launch

The digital communications team has officially launched a programme of training sessions known as the digital visa. The digital visa will provide essential training in digital communications topics to anyone who works on the University’s website or with the digital communications team. The visa enables staff to feel competent and confident working on digital communications…

11 April 2017Training

5 tips for writing concisely

One of the key techniques for writing for the web is to keep content concise. Eye-tracking studies show that the longer a web page is, the less content users will read. Keeping your writing concise will save your reader time, and will make sure they get the important information they need. How can you keep…

6 April 2016Content Training

Training: courses in digital communications

As the trainer for the digital communications team, my job is to put together a programme of courses to help train staff and students to become adept online content generators and to use a variety of digital tools. I am currently in discussions with the Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development (CAPOD) to develop…

25 January 2016Training

T4 training

This post will explain the training process that is undertaken when trying to access our most prized possession, TerminalFour (T4) Site Manager. This is the content management system that sits behind our University website. In T4 there are various user levels, from contributor to administrator level. I will only be covering contributor level in this post,…

27 November 2015Team Training

Learning web development using Codecademy

When I decided that web development was the type of job I wanted to do, I searched online to find a resource that could help improve my development skills. This was when I first discovered Codecademy. Codecademy offers an online learning experience that’s free, interactive and different to most other tutorial web sites. The site currently…

23 November 2015Training