What is Ensemble?

Ensemble is the Web content management system (CMS) for Virginia Tech. It allows website contributors to update their Web content without worrying about the technical details of creating, editing, and maintaining websites.

Ensemble is powered by Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) and is a joint effort between University Relations and the Division of Information Technology. Percussion Rhythmyx is deprecated and legacy websites will convert to web hosting sites in March 2017.

Spring 2017 Training

Every spring Ian Griffin teaches 5 sections of Ensemble: Essentials and Ensemble: Working with Media in January, February, March, and April to teach you everything you need to know to start building websites in the modern content management system.

This spring we're also offering some advanced topics to help you take your Ensemble websites to the next level:


AEM Ensemble - Image Retouching and Placement
Monday, February 20, 2017 2:00 PM
Torgersen 1100, Blacksburg campus
Taught by Dr. S.B. Chandler
This advanced course covers the basics of image retouching (levels, curves, color balance, saturation, and unsharp mask), will discuss cropping and resolution, and saving images for placement into AEM Ensemble.

AEM Ensemble - Local Assets
Monday, March 20, 2017 2:30 PM
Torgersen 1100, Blacksburg campus
Taught by Dr. S.B. Chandler
Local assets offer web designers and developers access to customize and tweak the university provided templates. Sites with local_assets can modify the CSS and add javascript to their sites, but this functionality comes with additional complexity and abstraction. Learn about the site configuration, git repositories, git workflow, and other technical requirements to implement AEM customization. Come learn what is possible and what other sites are doing with local assets.


AEM Ensemble - The Bootstrap Grid
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 3:00 PM
Torgersen 1100, Blacksburg campus
Taught by Dr. S.B. Chandler
Bootstrap is the world's most popular responsive, mobile first framework. It can be used by web designers and developers at any skill levels to build responsive sites. Bootstrap 3 is also the grid technology underneath the Moss and Burruss Ensemble templates. Come learn how Bootstrap works and how designers and developers can apply bootstrap styles to the Virginia Tech templates.

On demand Training Video

This on demand WebEx training from November 2015 covers all the basics of the Ensemble Content Management System (CMS), presented by John Jackson.

Help / Support

For questions and / or CMS support please file a ticket:

  • Click on the "Request CMS Support" link at the bottom right hand corner of this window and fill out the form.