Plan the curriculum
A common practice among organizations is to order how-to books for their Web
publishing staff and say, Okay, you ve got two weeks to learn this. Go. Or they send
their Web publishing staff to a two-day HTML or FrontPage class, then put them to work
on a site. This usually does more harm than good: cursory Web training teaches people
just enough to be dangerous.
Training through books
If your Web team s training is done through self-study books, take care to choose good
ones, and give your team sufficient time to practice. Most how-to books are too text-
heavy, containing too much tell, and not enough show to be really helpful. Use
Visibooks, or the Hands-On Training books by Lynda Weinman. Also, give the Web team
members at least a month to work through the books and practice what they ve learned.
Web-based training is often inexpensive, but it s not very effective when teaching
computer subjects to beginners: it s difficult for people to learn from the computer while
they re working on the computer.
Classroom training costs more than books, but it can be very effective, especially for
people who aren t computer-savvy. Students learn by making mistakes, and having a live
instructor handy to correct them puts many people at ease.
If you send your people to classroom training, send them to several days of classes.
Building Web sites is complex work, and four or five days of classroom training is
necessary to learn the basics well. Everyone on the Web team should get at least two,
preferably three days of training in the organization s chosen site-building program. Each
Web team member should also receive a day of Web graphics training.
Site Planning and
It s also helpful to get at least a half-day of soft skills training in Web site planning and
usability, the things that make Web sites effective. Another half-day can be spent
practicing what they ve learned.
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