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  • If you're a member of staff and you're responsible for digital content, we can help you to brush up on your digital skills or even pick up some new ones.

    We offer workshops, self-guided tutorials, master classes and e-mail courses on a wide range of topics. And we curate a list of courses provided by third parties which at least one member of staff has taken and recommended. 

    Our digital community at Brookes is growing. We're building a network of Digital Mentors who will share their knowledge and skills and give you advice when you need it.

    We also have a bi-monthly newsletter keeping you in touch with the latest news and innovations in the world of content. It's also the best way to hear about upcoming courses and find out when we launch a new one.  So sign up to the newsletter, Content Insights and have a look at our courses below.

  • Our courses

  • Who is this course for?

    This short email course will be useful to anyone who writes for the Oxford Brookes website but it's aimed at web content owners and editors in particular.

    What does it cover?

    During the course, we'll share tools and tips to help you ensure your pages are compliant with accessibility legislation — as well as being easier for everyone to use. You’ll learn:

    • Why accessibility on the web is so important.

    • How to apply the foundation principles of accessibility.

    • Simple checks that can be carried out by anyone, regardless of technical skills.

    Course dates and booking info

    This course runs for five weeks. Next scheduled course to be confirmed.

    Each Tuesday you'll receive a new lesson in your inbox, and each lesson should take you about 10-20 minutes to complete.

    Book your place

    More details and registration.

    Who is this course for?

    Anyone who maintains web content on an Oxford Brookes website using the Ektron CMS. Requires Siteimprove login, but does not require technical knowledge.

    What does it cover?

    This course provides a high-level overview of digital analytics and how to measure and use them effectively including:

    • explanation of key terms
    • identifying the right metrics for your goals, and
    • using analytics to make decisions.

    Course dates and booking info

    Contact webdev@brookes.ac.uk for further information and access to the Siteimprove Academy.

    Who is this course for?

    Suitable for staff who already have a bit of experience or an understanding of how Google Analytics works and would like to learn more.

    What does it cover?

    How to use Google Analytics to find insights to improve your digital communications.

    Course dates and booking info

    The next workshop is:

    • Tuesday 16 October 2018, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

    To book your place please complete the booking form and tick the workshop you're interested in.

    Workshop leader: Dana Rock

    Who is this course for?

    This course is mandatory for members of staff who will be editing content on the website. Once you have completed it, you will be given editing rights to your pages on the Oxford Brookes central website.

    What does it cover?

    With a maximum of two participants we will go over:

    • Logging in to Ektron
    • Navigating Ektron (finding your content)
    • Making simple text edits to live pages (pages that are already published on the website)
    • Adding images and pdfs to Ektron for use on webpages

    Course dates and booking info

    These sessions take a maximum of an hour. They run throughout the year, usually on Thursdays and Fridays.

    To book, please complete the Ektron training request form and a member of the Web team will get back to you.

    Siteimprove automates checks for broken links and misspellings, so that you can concentrate on your content. You'll automatically be given access to the tool on completing your Ektron CMS intro training. At the same time you'll also gain access to interactive tutorials.

    Who is this session for?

    These one-hour sessions are open to anyone responsible for maintaining web content on an Oxford Brookes website using the Ektron CMS. You'll get the most out of this session if you've completed the introductory Siteimprove tutorials first.

    What does it cover?

    The purpose of this informal one-to-one session, is to look at how you can effectively incorporate Siteimprove checks in your content maintenance workflow.

    Discover how to:

    • schedule regular reports
    • prioritise issues to tackle, and
    • use the inventory feature ahead of a site redesign.

    Session dates and booking info

    Sessions are limited to 1 hour. To book a session, contact webdev@brookes.ac.uk

    Make all of your writing clear, easy to read and easy to understand when you follow a few important plain English guidelines.

    Who is this workshop for?

    This 1.5 hour bitesize workshop is open to all staff. In particular:

    • Anyone who is contributing to external communications - whether these be print or digital.
    • Anyone who is looking to improve their business writing skills more generally.

    What does it cover?

    By the end of this session you'll have:

    • a simple tool to help you plan your writing
    • a reliable technique for efficiently editing your work, and
    • a checklist for reviewing your writing.

    Course dates and booking info

    Please check back for new dates.

  • Want to get more from Google Analytics?

    Our Google Analytics Pioneers group meets monthly to share knowledge and experiences of using Google Analytics and to explore topics and features we'd like to learn more about.

    If you'd like to join please email webdev@brookes.ac.uk

    Other courses

    These third party courses are carefully chosen by our team. Every course on the list has been taken and recommended by at least one member of staff and they are usually free or have a minimal cost.


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  • Contact us

    Sign up for our newsletter

    Content insights is our bi-monthly newsletter keeping you in touch with content news and innovations. To subscribe, please email webdev@brookes.ac.uk. You can see previous editions of Content insights here

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    Tools and resources for creating easy to read, engaging web content. Sign-up now.

    Get in touch

    If you have any queries, would like to recommend a third party course or become a Digital mentor, please email webdev@brookes.ac.uk.