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  • 1. Drupal For Higher Education
  • 2. Today’s Agenda
    • Why Drupal Rocks
    • Types of websites
    • Content management strategies
    • User testing
    • Scalability
    • Deploying Drupal
    • Finding skilled/timely help
  • 3. Why Drupal Rocks!
    • Improved communication & visibility
    • Instant online portfolios
    • Improved student collaboration
    • Integration with learning tools like Moodle
  • 4. Types of Websites
    • Recruitment
    • Informational/educational
    • Micro projects
    • Department vs campus wide
  • 5. http://xkcd.com/773/
  • 6. Harnessing Drupal as a Communications Tool
    • Engagement marketing
    • Audience driven navigation
    • Immediate calls to action
    • Social interactivity
  • 7. Content Management Strategies
    • Workflow
    • Revision cycles
    • Permissions
    • Good use of taxonomy
    • Simple end user training
    • Limited content types
  • 8. Content is King
    • The more multimedia the better
    • Keep the content fresh
    • Calls to action
    • Content accessibility
    • Remember, it’s not about you
  • 9. Improvement Points
    • Provide feedback loops for the users
    • Create admin/publishing policies
    • Standardize navigation
    • Let users create personal profiles
    • Use views for workflow
    • Delegate as much website mgt as possible
  • 10. DIY User Testing
    • KISS
    • Do it early and lots
    • Best kind of testers
    • Read these books:
      • Don’t Make Me Think
      • Rocket Surgery Made Easy
  • 11. Scalability
    • The #1 roadblock
    • University of Delaware case study
    • Supporting Drupal in YOUR school:
      • Central IT
      • Training
      • Dev support
    www.johnandcailin.com
  • 12. Drupal Deployments
    • Features module
    • Multi-site module
    • Domain access module
    • Open Scholar?
  • 13. Features
    • The Features module allows you to export sets of functionality (photo galleries, blogs, calendars, etc.) as "features"
    • Consider Drush_make, features & installation profile
    • *http://www.scribd.com/doc/22671613/Automating-Drupal-Deployment-with-Drush-Make-and-Features
  • 14. When/How to Get Help
    • RFP process
    • Training
    • Modular development
    • Dev support
  • 15. Useful Links
    • http://groups.drupal.org/higher-education
    • http://www.drupaledu.org
    • http://buytaert.net/tag/education
    • http://btopro.wordpress.com
  • 16. Thank You! @anneaconda www.facebook.com/anneaconda http://ca.linkedin.com/in/anneaconda [email_address]