Redesign Story: Washington College

Upcoming Workshops

May 03, 2012

Stop by one or two of the White Whale Workshops going on May 16 through May 18.

This summer, we will be migrating our web content to the new content management system, LiveWhale. This CMS will make sharing news easier for everyone, from academic departments to administrative offices to student clubs. For those who are interested in getting started over the summer—or even if you’re just curious what we’re up to—members of White Whale Web Services will be visiting campus to present a few workshops to make the transition from web site to web community smooth sailing. If you can’t make it, these workshops will be offered again in the fall.

Faculty, staff or student workers who are interested in learning about the CMS, writing for the web, or taking better photos for the web are invited to attend. Take a peek at the workshop descriptions below. If you’re interested in attending, R.s.v.p. to Sarah Snyder at or x7111.


LiveWhale: The Content Management System
May 16, 1:00-2:30, Daly 108
May 16, 3:00-4:30, Daly 108

This training is primarily for members of the White Whale Working Group, but anyone is welcome to attend. If you can’t stay for the entire 90 minutes, please come for the first 15 minutes of the session.


Web Content: The Basics
May 17, 10:00-11:30, Litrenta Lecture Hall
May 18, 10:00-11:30, Litrenta Lecture Hall

Writing for the web is different from writing for any other medium. In this session participants will learn how to communicate more clearly with their web audiences, present information for maximum readability, and organize their site to make content easier for people to find. It will feature content strategy basics, the dos and don’ts of web writing, information architecture best practices, and examples of successful web communications. 


Brightness: Making Photos and Videos Look Great on the Web
May 17, 11:30-1:00, Daly 108 
May 17, 2:30-4:00, Daly 108

Join Janie from White Whale Web Services to learn some introductory-level photo and video tips. She’ll talk about making the most of the equipment that you already have, cover a few software tools, and advise you on when to use those swirly video transitions (never!). Presentation is about one hour with time for questions, and people are welcome to stop in for any part of the session their schedules allow.


Advanced Web Communications and Content Strategies
May 17, 1:00-2:30, Litrenta Lecture Hall

In this session, we’ll take web communications to the next level, thinking strategically about all of the different types of web content. Participants will learn how to better identify goals, understand audiences, and balance different means of communicating. We’ll cover how basic page content, news, events, photos/videos, other featured elements, and social media can work together to communicate effectively with your audiences.