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Drupal for higher ed presentation

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

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