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Bedrock Skills vs. Advanced Course

In 2020, the Library of Michigan will offer regional two-day workshops for Ploud training. We will also offer online digital literacy courses to assist students with basic computer skills so they feel confident about starting work on a website. Attendance at a previous year's workshop or a Bedrock Skills course is required to take an Advanced Course. Students are welcome to take one or both days.

COMPETENCY BEDROCK SKILLS ADVANCED COURSE
WORKING WITH TEXT AND IMAGES Covered in detail Students will be expected to know this before class
NAVIGATION (ADDING DROP-DOWN MENUS AND PAGES) Covered in detail  Students will be expected to know this before class
CALENDAR Covered in detail Students will be expected to know this before class
PORTLETS Covered in detail Students will be expected to know the basics before class. Here's a refresher video. We'll cover advanced portlets such as RSS feeds in this class
ADDING FILES LIKE PDFS Covered in detail  Covered at a faster pace as part of a cover page or collection
MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS Covered in detail Students will be expected to know this before class. Here's a refresher video
PLINKIT SITE CLEAN UP Low-hanging fruit covered Not covered in this class
SOCIAL MEDIA Adding Facebook badges covered in detail We'll build out a social media campaign in Canva with images matching carousel tiles to promote a real upcoming event
HELP DESK We'll use it by installing an updated Return on Investment Calculator on your test site We'll use it by installing the MeLCat search widget on your test site
DISPLAY OPTIONS Basic display options covered in detail Covered at a higher level
LOCALHOP Demo Demo
TIPS AND TRICKS - SEE HERE FOR DETAILS Tips for Bedrock Skills learners Advanced tips for Advanced learners
STORY TIME! New video for 2020: Best practices for website content & strong examples of the different themes New video for 2020: Ideas showcase from MI and around the country especially on collections and cover pages
FORMS Adding a basic Contact Us form Advanced forms work
COPYRIGHT Copyright law print-out from Library Law Consultant Clare Membiela. List of freely available stock art companies provided Print out and exploration/comparison of a variety of freely available options of stock art companies
ACCESSIBILITY Writing alt text, using proper linking conventions, and using headers

We will run Ploud sites through  automated checkers testing for weaknesses

Designing for users with a variety of disabilities

In-class work on creating accessible Office docs and PDFs

USABILITY Not covered in this course

Highlights of implementing good UX and where it overlaps with accessibility

TABLES Not covered in this course Advanced work with tables including accessibility functions
SITE SETUP Not covered in this course Advanced Ploud/Plone options
COLLECTIONS Not covered in this course Advanced collections work
COVER PAGES Not covered in this course Advanced cover pages work
LOOKING GOOD ON THE WEB Not covered in this course Deep dive into sites that display well and what you can (and can't) expect from search engine rankings & display
GOOGLE BUSINESS PROFILE Not covered in this course Students will apply for Google Business Profile for their libraries
INSTALLING RECAPTCHA Not covered in this course Students will install this to block spam and to enable event registration
CAROUSELS - COVERED BOTH DAYS AT DIFFERENT LEVELS

Working with tiles in Canva

Working with photos in Croppola

Creating a Ploud carousel

Making your homepage a carousel page

Working with tiles in Canva and building out a matching social media campaign

Working with photos in Croppola

Making your homepage a carousel page

Creating a Ploud carousel as part of a more complex cover page

TIME TO WORK ON YOUR EXISTING SITE IN CLASS WITH SONYA AND LAB ASSISTANT

Depending on demand shown in interest survey

Depending on demand shown in interest survey