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Workshops

Workshops provide an opportunity to learn about NC State's web platforms.

Overview

University Communications and Marketing leads several workshops to help the campus community in their communications efforts.

With the exception of the self-lead Gutenberg Quick Start workshop, each of the workshops is held via Zoom. These workshops are generally offered once a month, and they are open to anyone within the NC State community.

Available Workshops

Gutenberg Quick Start

This self-lead quick start is provided asynchronously online. It is geared to users who are completely new to WordPress and/or Gutenberg.

Current Workshop Catalogue

Email Generator Overview

As part of our ongoing effort to further develop our suite of web tools, we are introducing an update to our Email Generator platform this winter. With this refresh of the Email Generator, our team has introduced the Gutenberg block editor to the platform in order to provide a more user-friendly editing experience. With this change will also come a freshly styled user interface along with an abundance of new options when building email content.

Those interested in being one of the first to see an overview of the new and improved platform can register for a demo today!

Content Maintainer 1: Gutenberg and WordPress Basics

This is the first workshop in our two-part training series for content maintainers. This hour long workshop is intended for anyone who actively maintains, or will soon be maintaining, content through WordPress and would like to familiarize themselves with the Gutenberg block editor. Taught in collaboration with OIT, we address the very basics of getting started with using WordPress as we explore the following topics:

  • WordPress first steps
  • Pages in WordPress
  • The Gutenberg block editor
  • Posts in WordPress
  • The WordPress media library

Registration for this training available starting July 2022

Content Maintainer 2: NC State Theme Blocks and Basic Content Strategy

This is the second workshop in our two-part training series for content maintainers. This hour long workshop is intended for anyone who actively maintains, or will soon be maintaining, a WordPress site. In this session we explore various Gutenberg blocks that are available through the NC State Theme. In addition to exploring the following topics:

  • Hero/header area
  • Basic content strategy
  • Utility v. marketing blocks.
  • Metadata

Registration for this training available starting July 2022

Content Strategy 1: Site-Level Planning and Strategy

The first in a two part content strategy workshop series, this training will help WordPress content maintainers feel more prepared in the planning of their site on a broad level. In addition to exploring site-level planning, we will cover ongoing site maintenance along with these subject areas:

  • Information architecture
  • Approaches to redesign and reorganization
  • Navigation
  • Governance

Registration for this training available starting July 2022

Content Strategy 2: Page-Level Content Planning and Strategy

The second in a two part content strategy workshop series, this training will help WordPress content maintainers feel more prepared in the planning of their site on a more granular level. In addition to exploring page-level planning, we will cover writing for the web along with these subject areas:

  • Headlining
  • Body text best practices
  • Other supporting content in WordPress (metadata, excerpts, tags)
  • SEO considerations

Registration for this training available starting July 2022

Site Administrator 1: Communication and Marketing

The first in a two part site administrator workshop series, this UCOMM led training will help prepare WordPress site administrators to master the following subject areas:

  • Menus
  • Gravity Forms for marketing and communications
  • NC State People
  • Newswire

Site Administrator 2: User Management, Content Access Control and Google Drive Integration

The second in a two part site administrator workshop series, this OIT led training will help prepare WordPress site administrators to master the following subject areas:

  • Managing Users
  • Mars
  • Protected Content
  • Google Drive Integration
  • Gravity Forms and Data Integrations

Suggestions or Questions?

If you have suggestions for additional workshops or a general question, please contact Scott Thompson (csthomp2@ncsu.edu).