New site design theme available

The One design theme for Ensemble is now generally available. Please click the documentation link below for how to switch your site to the new theme and for information about new features.

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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. For web hosting support, please file a Web Hosting ticket instead of a normal Ensemble ticket.

Live Training

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

Ensemble: Essentials
Taught by Ian Griffin and the Professional Development Staff
No sessions currently scheduled
As part 1 of the Ensemble series, Essentials will cover the basics of page building within the Adobe Experience Manager. Participants will explore the CMS interface and work primarily with page building. We will cover the following components: Text, Image, Multi-Column, and Multi-Tabs/Accordion.

Ensemble: Working with Media
Taught by Ian Griffin and the Professional Development Staff
No sessions currently scheduled
As part 2 of the Ensemble series, Working with Media will cover the various components that add video assets and outside content into the Adobe Experience Manager. Participants will revisit Assets within the CMS and review how tags work. Components we will cover: Gallery, Media, External Media, iFrame, and HTML.

Ensemble - Web Tips and Tricks
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Wednesday, July 10th, 2-4:30 pm
Torgersen 1100, 620 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
For web content creators who have mastered the basics and regularly create content, we offer myriad advanced tips and tricks. Although most learners won't need every technique, this survey touches on common needs, recurring web support tickets, and technical enhancements to the Ensemble web content management system (CMS). Each session covers different topics in depth. Some topics are appropriate for intermediate web creators others will appeal exclusively for advanced users.

Ensemble - Office Hours - Summer 2019
Thursday, July 18th, 2019, 3 pm - 5 pm
Thursday, August 15th, 2019, 3 pm - 5 pm
Thursday, September 26th, 2019, 3 pm - 5 pm
Thursday, November 21st, 2019, 3 pm - 5 pm
Thursday, December 19th, 2019, 3 pm - 5 pm
211 Andrews Info Services Building, 1700 Pratt Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Facilitated by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Bring your questions and problems to office hours and we’ll work collectively to solve them.

Semantic, Accessible HTML
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Wednesday, September 4th, 2019, 1 pm - 5 pm
Torgersen 1100, 620 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Learn about modern, semantic HTML5 and how best to build pages and content. We’ll talk about how HTML has evolved and how it is structured.

CSS Basics - Friend or Foe?
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Wednesday, September 12th, 2019, 1 pm - 5 pm
Torgersen 1100, 620 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
CSS is a superpower: it is the way to make pages look and work the way you need. A little CSS goes a long way but we’ll also talk about common combinators and how to make your CSS barely significant enough to get the job done.

CSS Overrides - Making changes
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Thursday, September 27th, 2019, 1 pm - 5 pm
Torgersen 1100, 620 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
The One theme is powerful and rich but there is no way for any theme to meet everyone’s needs. Building on Semantic, Accessible HTML and CSS Basics, this advanced course will test our ability to customize the One theme to build perfect pages.

Ensemble Share: The Gong Show
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Wednesday, October 3nd, 2-4:30 pm
Torgersen 1100, 620 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Bring your best tricks, humor, and a sense of theater. We’re gonna play the gong show with everyone’ Ensemble tricks and ideas. You can talk until three gongs and then it is time to let the next person talk. Bring all the ideas you have but know that we’re gonna keep things moving.

Ensemble - The Bootstrap 4 Grid
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Wednesday, October 24rd, 2-4:30 pm
Torgersen 1100, 620 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
Bring your best tricks, humor, and a sense of theater. We’re gonna play the gong show with everyone’ Ensemble tricks and ideas. You can talk until three gongs and then it is time to let the next person talk. Bring all the ideas you have but know that we’re gonna keep things moving.

Ensemble Jeopardy
Taught by S.B. Chandler, PhD
Wednesday, October 31st, 2-4:30 pm
Torgersen 1100, 620 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia
How well do you know Ensemble and related technologies? We’re gonna do a game show format all in good fun and we’ll cover the answers for people that aren’t sure. Feel free to wear your costume, we will.

Workshops

Visit our Ensemble Development Team workshop page to learn more about pending workshops and view past workshop recordings. 

On demand Training Video

This on-demand WebEx training covers all the basics of the Ensemble Content Management System (CMS), presented by John Jackson. Note that Google Analytics are now placed in the /en/ page footer.