Register for Squiz Workshops – April/May

Weekly Squiz Workshops have been extended into May in preparation for ‘go live’ of the staff pages. The schedule of topics is below – but there is usually time to answer other questions at the end of the session.

Register for the Tuesday workshops at www.squizworkshops-tuesday.eventbrite.com.au

For those who can’t make Tuesdays, we are running a final super session Wednesday 7 May from 10am – 12noon. The session will begin with a general overview/refresher (10am – 11am) followed by creating news and events (11am – 12noon). Register here: www.squizworkshops-wednesday.eventbrite.com.au

Look forward to seeing you there.

 

TUES 1 Apr Working with images and embedding video 10.00 – 11.00amHUXLEY Lab HC113
TUES 8 Apr Writing content for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) 10.00 – 11.00amHUXLEY Lab HC113
TUES 15 Apr Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) – analytics, tools, tricks 10.00 – 11.00amHUXLEY Lab HC113
TUES 29 Apr How to nest content in an image gallery or accordion 10.00 – 11.00amHUXLEY Lab HC113
TUES 6 May General overview/ Refresher 10.00 – 11.00amHUXLEY Lab HC113
WED 7 May General overview/ Refresher 10.00 – 11.00amHUXLEY Lab HC113
WED 7 May Creating news & events 11.00 – 12.00pmHUXLEY Lab HC113

Win an iPad mini

 

#uonthemove photo comp

The #uonthemove photo competition is ramping up with great entries rolling in, so we’ve extended it by one week. Entries now close 11 April 2014.

If you haven’t heard about this exciting opportunity to win an iPad mini, take a look at the great entries so far.

It’s really simple to enter. All you have to do is snap a photo that tells a story of UoN on the move, upload it to Instagram and add the hashtag #uonthemove. If you’re not an Instagram user you can email your entry to onlinemarketing@newcastle.edu.au and we’ll upload it for you.

If you’re having problems uploading your entry or viewing it on Instagram, give me a call on ext. 17458.

And remember you can enter as many times as you like.

Good luck!

Jessie

 

 

 


Do you know who’s who?

As the transition to the new web site is nearly complete and the project team gets ready to hand over, it’s time to get to know who’s who behind the pages of the UoN web site.

Working together

To ensure that we keep heading in the right direction, it is really important that all those involved in publishing and approving web content maintain a focus on enhancing the user experience on our site.

There will be lots of times when content is relevant to several of our audiences. If you think you have some information or messages that another area would be interested in, speak to publisher in that area. Maybe you can add a widget or nest some content on their page. Or perhaps you have your eye on some of their content for your own area? With a “single source of truth”, the information is updated across the site which means our visitors won’t find conflicting information. And what does that mean? A better user experience.

More than 250 web publishers

There are more than 250 web publishers across the University who have been trained in Squiz – and this list is growing. This is not a published list (as role changes and new staff make it ever-changing) but keep an eye out for the ‘Movers, shakers, website makers‘ postcard as a hint of who can help in the different areas. If you don’t know who to speak to,  there are key contacts for each audience area who can help you.

Accessing support

The Web Services Team provides support via the Web Services Portal at web.newcastle.edu.au

This is in part a knowledge base for you to search  for the information you are looking for. If you can’t find the info in the  knowledge base, you can Submit a Request (top right corner of the portal screen) for help and a member of the Web Services team will look at your issue.

 

 


Changes to Squiz Workshop schedule

Due to the decommissioning of Huxley lab HC 107, the schedule for the Squiz Workshops has changed.

All sessions have been moved next door to Huxley lab HC113, however due to limited availability, we have also had to change the sessions to be Tuesdays only. We apologise to anyone who is unable to attend the Tuesday sessions.

Workshops will still run from 10 – 11am, with the exception of next Tuesday 11 March which will run from 2 – 3pm.

Updated schedule

TUES 11 Mar. 2.00 – 3.00pm How to nest content in an image gallery or accordion,

Register at http://squizworkshops-tues11march.eventbrite.com.au

TUES 18 Mar:     General overview/ Refresher

TUES 25 Mar:     Creating news & events

TUES 1 Apr :        Working with images and embedding video

TUES 8 Apr :        Writing content for Search Engine Optimisation  

Register for these sessions at https://squizworkshops-tuesday.eventbrite.com.au

For support outside these sessions, please contact web.newcastle.edu.au


Using features and call to actions

Feature widgets and call to action buttons are a fantastic way to connect people to other areas of our web site, to increase the amount of time people are interacting with our pages, and to make our web site more user-friendly.

Feature widgets are located in the right hand column of your pages and showcase related content that people can click through to, in order to find out more information on another page. Features can link to anything, including a pdf or an external link, but they are usually used to link through to a standard web page.

Call to action buttons are also located in the right hand column of your pages and sit above features. They are used to promote important information or to highlight a specific task that you want people to ‘action’. For example: sign up to an e-newsletter, login to a portal, or link through to another relevant web page.

For publishers wanting to learn more about features and call to actions, come along to our workshop on Wednesday 5 March from 10 to 11am in the Huxley Library. Register now for a place in the features and call to actions workshop.

If you can’t make it to this workshop, but would like to know how to add features and call to actions to web pages, please visit the Web Services Portal how-to guide on feature widgets and call to actions.

Features and call to actions


Watch this space!

As the last phase of the web project – the Current Staff section − will go live in April, we are wrapping up with a fun campaign for all staff, and we need your help.

Firstly, we want to show everyone the talented people that are involved in the project. You may have spotted me lurking in the hallways with my camera taking pics of people. With approximately 300 publishers, 70 approvers and numerous other people involved – this is no small task. So, if I haven’t snapped you yet, can you please email through a small headshot of yourself and a signed Image consent form (PDF,63KB) to jessie.reid@newcastle.edu.au by tomorrow afternoon, or I can pop in and take a quick pic of you. It will be shown no bigger than your staff ID card photo and be amongst the other 400 or so people, so don’t be too camera shy.

Secondly, we will be running a competition for all staff with a fantastic prize. As our publishers – you are the champions of the new site − so we will be relying on you to help us get the word out to all your work mates. Watch this space!

Thanks in advance for your assistance,

Jessie


Testing testing 1, 2, 3…

Just a reminder that our next weekly workshop is on Wednesday 19 February where we will be running a Current Staff testing and feedback session.

This is a great opportunity for you to preview this new section of the web site and most importantly,  provide feedback on the navigation and usability.

The session will comprise of a set of questions asking you to navigate around the site (there are no right or wrong answers) as well as an opportunity for general feedback.

Your input is vital in helping us deliver a user-friendly site so please join us by registering online at http://squizworkshops-wednesday.eventbrite.com.au


Have you got your ticket?

Time is running out to register for our upcoming web publisher information session.

To get the latest project scoop and start the countdown to current staff ‘go live’ make sure you register online for one of the following sessions:

Wednesday 12 February: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Register: http://webinfosession-wednesday.eventbrite.com.au

or

Thursday 13 February: 10:00am – 11:00am

Register: http://webinfosession-thursday.eventbrite.com.au


Tip of the week – highlight your strengths

Highlights are a fantastic feature of our new web site and are used to highlight the efforts of our world-class researchers.

It is a standard web page connected to a researcher’s profile and can include text, images, galleries, embedded videos and social media feeds. See a highlight example with the works.

For researchers who don’t have a highlight already connected to their profile, they will need to submit a request in the Web Support Portal to get one set up. However, for publishers, there is a simple and effective way to showcase a selection of researcher highlights connected to your area on your web pages. This is through the use of a highlight widget.

highlight example

This little blue box sits in the right-hand column of your page and can hold up to five highlights.

We have recently made some improvements to the way publishers add highlights to a widget, and will be running a workshop on Wednesday 5 February from 10 to 11am at the Huxley library. Register a place in the highlights workshop.

If you can’t make it along to the workshop and would like to know how to add a highlight to a widget, you can view an updated how-to guide.


Key dates you can’t afford to miss

Next Web Publisher Information Session

All web publishers are invited to attend our February information session. Come along in preparation for current staff ‘go live’ and a general project update.

To make it easier for publishers to attend, we will be running two identical sessions on consecutive days:

Wednesday 12 February: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Register: http://webinfosession-wednesday.eventbrite.com.au

or

Thursday 13 February: 10:00am – 11:00am

Register: http://webinfosession-thursday.eventbrite.com.au

Both sessions will be held in the Treehouse with refreshments provided.


New Weekly Workshop Schedule for 2014

These workshops are a great way to improve your existing skills, ask questions and network with other publishers.

Commencing on 28 January, we will be holding workshops on alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00am – 11:00am, in the Huxley Library Lab HC107. Be sure to register in advance.

Register for a Tuesday workshop: https://squizworkshops-tuesdays.eventbrite.com.au

Register for a Wednesday workshop: http://squizworkshops-wednesday.eventbrite.com.au

Check out the schedule: