October 19, 2010

DigitalVU Sessions Oct. 19-22

This week’s DigitalVU events include sessions on moving your website into OmniUpdate, the new University-supported content management system, several great sessions for Web developers and sessions on new ways to collaborate and give presentations.

To view the full schedule, click here to visit the University Calendar.
RSVP’s are requested. Click here to RSVP.

Sessions this week:
Using the Vanderbilt WordPress theme
Oct. 19, 1-2 p.m., 106 Owen Graduate School of Management
Lacy Tite, University Web Communications

General overview of the Vanderbilt WordPress theme, how to get started, tips and tricks for getting the most of your WordPress website. Come with your questions; it will also be a time for general WordPress Q&A.

Video of this presentation will be available after the event on news.vanderbilt.edu.

Web content strategy: How to create useful, usable content for your site’s visitors
Oct. 19, 2-3 p.m., Admissions Presentation Room, Undergraduate Admissions Office (Old Gym)
Gill Murrey, University Web Communications

When people create a website, they invest tremendous resources on design and coding. But when it comes to the content itself, there's often a gap. Thoughts like "We can figure out the content later" or "We already have most of the content" run through people's minds. In this presentation, you'll learn processes and workflows for content gathering, organization and maintenance.

New ways to collaborate: Live Meeting and Office Communicator
Oct. 20, 2-3 p.m., 241 Kennedy Center
Taj Wolff, Information Technology Services

This presentation provides an overview of the capabilities of Microsoft Unified Communications. Microsoft Unified Communications provides integration with Microsoft Outlook in the MS Exchange environment for a rich voice, video conferencing and collaboration experience. This is all possible from your PC with an internet connection and a webcam — no VPN required. Collaborate across the campus or across the country.

Intro to OmniUpdate: Moving your Vanderbilt site into a supported CMS
Oct. 20, 2-3 p.m., 418 A Central Library
Lacy Tite and Gill Murrey, University Web Communications

OmniUpdate is Vanderbilt's full-featured content-management system that provides everything you need to create and manage your website. Editing is done in the browser — no special software and no coding expertise is needed. You can assign different levels of permissions to users and there is a workflow process with approvals. Features include RSS, slideshows, scheduled publishing, a kaleidoscope of template configurations and much more. OmniUpdate is free to all university clients with support and training provided by University Web Communications.

Video of this presentation will be available after the event on news.vanderbilt.edu.

Google Instant: Search engine optimization and more
Oct. 21, noon-1 p.m., Admissions Presentation Room, Undergraduate Admissions Office (Old Gym)
Anna Belle Leiserson, Web Coordinator, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

How do you optimize your website for the nimble 800-pound gorilla that is Google? Their latest is "Google Instant," a search enhancement that shows results as you type. Some say it's the death of Search Engine Optimization. We say nonsense, but it is important to understand. And what about Bing and Vanderbilt's search engine? Do they even matter? Absolutely. The real question is what's the easiest way to work with all of them. We'll look at what counts most and how you can adapt your sites with a minimum of effort.

Introduction to Prezi
Oct. 22, 1-2:30 p.m., 304 Peabody Library

Due to demand, we are offering a second session of the Introduction to Prezi workshop: A new way to think about presentations. If PowerPoint is similar to a high-tech slide show, Prezi is like a magic whiteboard — a free, magic whiteboard. This workshop is a hands-on introduction to creating presentations in Prezi.

To register, find this session on http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/heard/generalinstruction.shtml and select the "Register for this session" link.