At Brandeis, most websites are edited using Cascade Server, our content management system (CMS). The CMS is a web-based application that provides a central place for website creation and editing. The Office of Digital Communications trains web editors on using the CMS and also best practices for adhering to Web Accessibility standards.
We offer CMS Training at regular intervals throughout the year. Editors must attend CMS Training to activate their Cascade account, regardless of any prior web editing experience.
Topics covered in CMS Training:
- Introduction to the Brandeis website
- Web terminology, best practices and tips
- Cascade login and navigation
- Building and editing
- Creating links
- Working with images
- Publishing, versions and deleting
- Where to go for support/troubleshooting
Basic Cascade CMS Training — Responsive Templates (Mandatory)
Audience: This class is mandatory for new web editors of sites in the responsive web templates. Please enroll in this this class only if the site you will be editing is already in the responsive templates or close to launching.
Overview: Learn the basics of maintaining and editing a website the responsive web templates. As a web editor, you will learn best practices for editing web content at Brandeis, overview of responsive and accessible web content, how to navigate the CMS and how to and publish content.
Spring 2018 Training Schedule
Accessibility Training (Mandatory)
Audience: This class is mandatory for all web editors (regardless of templates used).
Overview: Accessible web content is usable by all people, regardless of physical or developmental abilities or impairments. At Brandeis, we have a responsibility to make sure everything we put online — from videos to photos to how we organize content and create links — is as accessible as possible. In this class, you will learn why accessibility is important and how to make various types of content accessible.
Basic Cascade CMS Training — Zeta Templates
Audience: This class is mandatory for web editors of sites in the zeta templates (“old” standard university templates) — or editors of Brandeis websites using Cascade Server, but not the standard university templates (for example: Heller, IBS, GPS, Institutional Advancement, Admissions). Existing web editors are welcome to retake this class at any time.
Overview: Learn the basics of maintaining and editing a website in Cascade Server. As a web editor, you will learn best practices for editing web content at Brandeis, how to navigate the CMS and how to publish content.