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Web Training

We created our comprehensive training program as a result of a Web Process Improvement project. In this program, you'll learn about building and maintaining websites, NIU brand standards and best practices in web accessibility and usability. Our goal is to increase consistency, usability and accuracy across all NIU websites.

If you need access to your site, please review the following training information. If you prefer to have the Web Team update your web pages, you can request free site updates at any time using our Website Update Request Form.

Department and Office Websites

If you're an NIU faculty or staff member charged with maintaining department, office or related sites, you're required to complete our Level 1 training program to access the Cascade Server web content management system. Level 1 training is structured as follows:

Phase 1: instructor-led training, "Maintaining Your Website"

Phase 2: a series of three online video tutorials offered through Lynda.com, followed by an assessment in Blackboard for each

Phase 3: instructor-led training, "CSS and Image Selection"

Access to Cascade and the /cascade-training website will be granted after you register for Level 1/Phase 1. Access to your respective NIU department, office or related site will be granted after completing all three phases of Level 1 training.

Faculty and Lab Websites

If you are a faculty member and only maintain your personal faculty or lab site, you're not required to take Level 1 training. However, it is encouraged. One-on-one training is available by emailing webcommunications@niu.edu if your schedule does not align with our training opportunities.

Current Users

As of July 1, 2017, all active Cascade users are required to have completed Level 1 training. In order to retain access to Cascade year-to-year, we'll offer a mandatory refresher training, beginning in the spring of 2018. This training will be a Blackboard-based course which you can complete at your convenience. Failure to complete the refresher training may result in disruption of Cascade access until you complete the refresher course. Announcements regarding this training will be made in late March or early April of this year.

Level 1 Training

Phase 1: Instructor-led training

Phase 1 trainings on Maintaining your Website (pdf) will be offered on a monthly basis.

*Trainings are subject to cancellation/rescheduling if we have fewer than three registrants by the day prior. Registrants who have signed up will be notified as soon as reasonably possible.


Phase 2: Lynda.com videos and assessments

Online Lynda.com training materials (NIU log-in required)

After you have finished the Lynda.com courses, please take the associated assessments on Blackboard (NIU log-in required).


Phase 3: Instructor-led training

Additional instructor-led training on CSS and Image Selection (pdf) will be offered.

*Please register only after you have completed Phase 1 and the tutorials and assessments in Phase 2

*Trainings are subject to cancellation/rescheduling if we have fewer than three registrants by the day prior. Registrants who have signed up will be notified as soon as reasonably possible.