Web Manager University Fills Need for Training

Better Websites Equal Better Government

Web Manager University (WMU) offers practical and affordable training for web managers of federal, state, and local government websites. To date, WMU has trained more than 1,500 web managers and will begin their registration for the Fall 2009 semester on July 27.

Since 2005, WMU has been a community that shares experiences, common challenges, lessons learned, successes, and new ideas in an effort to make U.S. government websites the best in the world. WMU provides web and usability specialists with a multidisciplinary curriculum that addresses the varied responsibilities of managing government websites.

This fall, the educators are offering cutting-edge classes on relevant topics and current trends. Each class is categorized as basic core, advanced core, basic electives, or advanced electives. Traditionally, the most popular are Video Boot Camp, Finding Your Social Media Voice and Best Practices of Search. Visit WebContent.gov for full list.

The semester runs September through December; however, some classes fill quickly, so those interested should register early. Fees range from $50 to $600, depending on the type of class and the student’s status as either a government employee or nongovernment participant. Those who work in public affairs, visual information, and audiovisual information may also benefit from the training.

Web Manager University offers five types of training sessions:

  • Seminars, which are introductory sessions typically lasting two hours
  • Regular courses, which are more in-depth professional development sessions typically lasting one to two days
  • Webinars, or live, short seminars presented via the Web, where participants view a presentation online and call in to interact with the speaker and other participants
  • Workshops, or full-day events for networking with peers and learning the latest best practices
  • New media talks, which are free, short participatory sessions or panels, usually held in Washington or via webinar, and focus on the business rationale of social media tools.

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GSA provides a centralized delivery system of products and services to the federal government, leveraging its enormous buying power to get the best value for taxpayers.
• Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than one-quarter of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 213,000 vehicles.
• GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 480 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services.
• GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions, and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

Did You Know? Using www.USASearch.gov will yield results from an index that exceeds 500 million pages of government content on federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial websites.

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