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General Information About the CMS Basics Training Sessions

What to Expect | Frequency and Scheduling (Drop-ins) | What We Need from You | Training Location[s]

Cascade login panelWhat to Expect

CMS Basics Training sessions last approximately 3 hrs depending on class participation/need. Training rooms are equiped with PC desktop computer stations meeting UH standards and requirements.

The training will cover the following topics:

  • The CMS interface
  • Creating pages within the CMS
  • Uploading files to the CMS
  • Editing content within the CMS
  • Previewing and publishing pages from the CMS
  • UH Web Best Practices
  • Gaining Access to the CMS
  • How to learn more

To ensure that all topics get covered in a timely manner, if you have a question which cannot be answered quickly or in the context of the session, please jot it down and save it for either break time, for the end of the session, or for an email to the trainer and/or the CMS team after the training is completed.

Please note:
Training rooms have a limited number of training stations. Although a large part of the training consists of lecture, we do consider hands-on experience and exercises important to learning Cascade, and we therefore limit training session participation according to the number of training stations in the scheduled room. For more information, please also read the following discussion on scheduing.


Frequency and Scheduling

Training sessions are offered on a monthly basis throughout the calendar year. A rolling invite list is kept for persons expressing an active interest in the training. See CMS contact information to request training for yourself or others in your area.

Once a training session has been scheduled, an invitation is emailed to individuals on the rolling invite list. Invite is sent to the individual to be trained as well as to those who are sponsoring them or who may be otherwise responsible for the website they will be editing.

The training session itself is then held on a first-confirmed first-reserved basis, and is limited according to the number of available training stations in the scheduled training room. However, if there are open computers in the training room, or if individuals are able to bring their own university laptop along, then drop-ins will also be welcome to attend as long as the room can accommodate them.

If individuals do not attend the session to which they have been invited then subsequent invitations will continue to be sent to them for an calendar year, or until training needs have been otherwise addressed. After a calendar year, interested individuals would need to request training again.


What We Need from You

When sending any email request or question please include full names, UH emails, and the departments or areas involved, as well as the specific website for which the individual may be training to edit, or to which the question applies.

New students or new hires who do not yet have a UH email alias or account can use a personal email address for communications about the training. Be aware however, that before a CMS user can be activated in the system, the individual's Cougarnet account must be active; and students must have a UH sponsor or POI before being granted access to a UH website.

After training is completed we must receive an email from you and/or your supervisor including:

  1. Enough information to definitively identify the new user
    ideally, the individual's PeopleSoft ID (aka UH ID).
  2. An exact idea of which website, and/or site area the new user will be editing;
    ideally, send us a URL. If the site is to be developed, let us know what area of the university is sponsoring or hosting the new materials.
  3. What level of CMS-access is requested for the new user.
    The most typical levels offered are:
    1. Editing only;
    2. Editing with the ability to publish to the 'hidden' staging area[s] only;
    3. Editing with full publishing privileges to both the staging and live site areas.

NOTE: You must be university staff, a workstudy student with a UH/UHS sponsor, or have a POI in place, and your Cougarnet credentials must be active before you can be activated as a CMS User.


Technology Bridge - Building 3 (formerly ERP)

NOTE: The CMS Basics training is typically held at the UH Technology Bridge off-campus location (formerly UH Energy Research Park, or ERP) in the Building 3 training rooms; however, not all trainings may be held there. Please check the actual scheduling information for time and location details. 

The UH Technology Bridge remote campus is approximately 1/2 mile from the central campus, and is accessible via the campus Eastwood shuttles. Building 3 has visitor/handicap parking next to the building, and an elevator closeby inside the main entrance. Across the hall from the Building 3 training rooms (room 273) is a limited kitchenette (microwave, refrigerator, sink without garbage disposal, water cooler with hot water option) and vending machines which offer beverages and snacks [$, card]. There is a handicap-accessible unisex bathroom available in the adjacent Building 2 (see the "Where are rooms 241 and 242?" map). 

For further information about finding and getting around Technology Bridge Building 3, please see the Training Rooms page.