Category Archives: Training

Upcoming WordPress Trainings for 2015

Word Press LogoThe Harvard Chan Web Team will be offering WordPress training in the Kresge LL6 computer laboratory on the following dates:

  • November 12, 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • December 1, 12:30 – 1:30 pm pm
  •  January 6, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

If you want to brush up on your WordPress skills or just need to learn how to edit your site, this session is for you.

Sign up for training today!

The training will cover many of the basic WordPress features, including how to edit pages, add images, and configure menus. It will be hands-on in a computer lab, so you can maximize your learning as you follow along.

For more training sessions and announcements, please check out the Web Technologies homepage.

Thank You for Attending Our Third Annual Tech Day!

Thank you for attending our third annual Tech Day!

Raffle winners:

  • Claudette Thompson, Apple Watch
  • Mary Jane Curran, ChromeCast
  • Deborah Atobrah, Kindle
  • Colin Fleming, Apple TV
Tech Day 2015

Tech Day 2015

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The Department of Information Technology hosted a Fall Tech Day on: Thursday, October 22, 12:00 – 2:00 pm Kresge Atrium.

Tables:

  • Dell — Representatives from Dell showcased the latest laptop, tablets and other machines available through the Harvard contract.
  • AppleRepresentatives from Apple showcased the latest Apple products on display.
  • HarvardKey — The Identity & Access Management program at Harvard University Information Technology introduced Harvard Key.
  • Office 365 —Our Office 365 gurus offered overviews of new features and answer questions.
  • WordPress — The web team showcased the recently launched Admissions web site and answer questions about WordPress.
  • Canvas — Media and Educational Technology Services (METS) demoed new features and answer questions about Canvas.
  • BlueJeans – BlueJeans video conferencing accounts were created on the fly.
  • Virtual Desktops – The server team demonstrated our new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).  VDI allows students to access instructional computing lab software from their own computers.
  • Student Information Systems (SIS) — The SIS team provided a sneak peak of the new my.harvard.edu platform that is coming in the Fall 2016.

Thank you for attending!

WordPress Training Opportunities

Word Press LogoThe Harvard Chan Web Team will be offering WordPress training in the Kresge LL6 computer laboratory on the following dates:

  • February 24, 11:30 am
  • March 26, 11:30 am

The training will cover many of the basic WordPress features, including how to edit pages, add images, and configure menus. It will be hands-on in a computer lab, so you can maximize your learning as you follow along.

No need to register, simply join us in the computer lab for an informative session!

For more training sessions and announcements, please check out http://hsph.me/wp.

Tools to help your HSPH website shine

Summer is an ideal time to look through your site and make sure that everything is shipshape for the upcoming school year. The WebTeam has developed tools to help you identify problems and has suggestions for addressing these problems to make your site shine for the fall. Below are solutions to three common website issues – broken links, typos, and images that lack alt text.

Broken Links

broken_linksBroken links happen. You may have linked long ago to a site that’s now deleted or has since been updated. Such broken links adversely affect your search rankings on Google and are also very frustrating to users who can’t find the content they’re seeking. To help you find and fix broken links, the Broken Link Checker tool on your site’s dashboard will do all the hard work for you. And if you’re one of the primary site administrators, you’ll also be receiving email notifications about broken links on your site.

Click here for a tutorial on how to use the Broken Link Checker tool.

Typos

proofreaderWe all occasionally make typos. Unfortunately, typos on websites are there for the world to see and detract from a site’s overall professionalism. To rid your site of typos, you can use the Proofreading tool that’s built into the editor on your dashboard. Just click on the button in the top toolbar and, similar to Microsoft Word, red and green underlines will appear in your text, allowing you to spot issues and correct them.

For a complete tutorial on how to use the Proofreading tool, please click here.

Image Alt Tags

Image Alt Tags ExampleWhen inserting images into your site, always fill in the boxes for title and alt text. Alt text, which stands for “Alternative Text,” is important for people with visual disabilities because screen readers use it to describe what is in a picture. Google also uses the alt text to determine what a picture contains, allowing people to search for images based on keywords. To create alt tags, try to write no more than one-sentence descriptions that are detailed but not wordy. For example, for a picture of soccer on the med school quad, you could write the following alt tag: “Students play soccer on the Harvard Medical School quad on a beautiful summer afternoon.” The sentence is concise yet fully describes what the photo shows.

Click here for more information on alt tags and click here for a guide to best practices.

WordPress Updates

Over winter break the WebTeam was hard at work making some changes and updates to the website. Most of these changes are related to performance and optimization, so you will not be able to see them. However, there are two main changes that we would like to call to your attention.

widget visibilityWidget Visibility

Widget Visibility is a new module that enables you to configure widgets to appear or to be hidden only on certain pages through use of the Visibility panel. If you cannot see the Widget Visibility module, please contact the WebTeam to have it enabled. For full documentation on how this module works, check out the article here: http://wordpress.sph.harvard.edu/web-tech/faq-category/side-bar/

Heading StylesHeading Styles

When the website went live almost a year ago, the vendor assigned font styles to the headings H2, H3, and so on down the line, but the heading H1 was never utilized. Because H1 is the most important heading tag for search engines and content optimization, we reintroduced the H1 tag in its proper position (as the title line for each page). We strongly suggest that you look at your pages and update the heading styles to reflect this addition of H1. Doing so will maintain consistency and search/content optimization across the HSPH website. We will be discussing the heading styles further at the WordPress trainings.

Upcoming Trainings

As always, we have some more training sessions to announce for the month of January. One is focused on WordPress, while the other is an open-air session to answer any questions you may have. Please visit: http://hsph.me/wp for more info.

WordPress Training Scheduled for November 22nd

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbThe HSPH web team has a great WordPress training session coming up to help you answer all your website questions.

November 22nd at 10:00 AM
Kresge 209

If you want to brush up on your WordPress skills or just need to learn how to edit your site, this session is for you.

The training will cover many of the basic WordPress features, including how to edit pages, add images, and configure menus. It will be hands-on in a computer lab, so you can maximize your learning as you follow along.

For more training sessions and announcements, please check out http://hsph.me/wp

Additional Google Analytics Training Offerred on October 24 and 31

By popular demand, we have added two new Google Analytics training sessions this month to help you learn more about statistics on your site.  Even if you came to our first training sessions last week,  these additional sessions will be even more jam-packed with new information, insights and a sneak peak at new features to come.

Introduction to Google Analytics
October 24, 2:00 PM, Kresge 209
Google Analytics is the industry leader in collecting statistics about your website’s visitors and behavior on your site. With Google Analytics you can gain insight into a wide variety of information about the people coming to your site including visitor performance over time, visitor location and time spent on the site just to name a few.

Learn how to access your Google Analytics data, how to generate reports, and what the numbers mean for you!

Google Analytics

Advanced Google Analytics
October 31, 2:00 PM, Kresge 213
For those of you who have taken the introductory training, this session will go into more depth about how to use each of the Google Analytics screens and sections to analyze and compare website traffic over time.

You will learn how to compare metric side by side, delve in depth into what the stats means, and set up goals and content experiments to see how variations of a page perform against each other.  You will also learn how to determine what on your site is important to your visitors.

Further information
Please visit our WordPress support site for further information.

Welcome new HSPH Students! Computer Orientation Sessions Scheduled Throughout This Week

The Department of Information Technology will be hosting hands-on new student computer orientation sessions this week on:

  • Wednesday, August 28, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 29, 9:00-10:00 am
  • Friday, August 30, 1:00-2:00 pm

All orientations will be held in Kresge LL-6 computer classroom.

Topics will include:

  • Harvard and HSPH accounts
  • Email (GMAIL)
  • Computer laboratory locations, policies, and software available
  • Wireless networks for mobile devices
  • Printing, faxing and scanning
  • Software purchases (SAS, Stata, SPSS, Microsoft and other business software)
  • Course websites
  • MyHSPH portal

Each session allows time for general Q & A.

For the complete orientiation schedule, please visit the HSPH Orientation website.