Jenny Hols' Education Case Study-DBS 2011


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Jenny Hols' Education Case Study-DBS 2011

  1. 1. Overcoming the Departmental Site Challenge: How to Unify a University’s Web Platform With Drupal 7 Toronto Drupal Summit: December, 2 2011 Jennifer Hols, Director of Sales & Marketing @jhorocks @jhorocksFriday, 9 December, 11 1
  2. 2. Who Is IXM? ü Started in 2001 in Vancouver, BC. Exclusively Drupal since 2006. Presently specializing in Education, Non- Profit & Media Publishing.Friday, 9 December, 11 2
  3. 3. How We Got Involved in EDU Locally in 2007 - Delta School District o Wanted an effective online community tool. o Faced funding challenges and declining enrollment. o Wanted multi-language support. o Needed an easy to use CMS suited for future growthFriday, 9 December, 11 3
  4. 4. The Realization ü Since then we’ve had further opportunities: ASU, UCSF, UC Berkeley, NPC, VSB, BCIT, UBC & Others ü Sites that are easy to manage, scalable, customizable BUT dont cost a fortune to maintain! ü Discovered a BIG need within EDU for better looking and better working websites. Friday, 9 December, 11 4
  5. 5. The Facts SOURCE: Noel Levitz 2011 E-Expectations ReportFriday, 9 December, 11 5
  6. 6. ü Your 2011 Student Enrollment x 17% = # of students that discounted your school just because of your website. ü 57% of parents may chose another school over yours because of your website.Friday, 9 December, 11 6
  7. 7. Majority of Higher Eds Run ü Duplicated effort to manually update content on platforms that don’t interact. ü Wasted costs in technical staff maintaining content that non-technical people could easily do with the right tools. ü Spending more than necessary to train & support the specialists required to manage all the different platforms.Friday, 9 December, 11 7
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  9. 9. http://www.pdx.eduFriday, 9 December, 11 9
  10. 10.   What We Built for PSU ü System can power 1 to an infinite number of websites, unifying multiple websites on one single platform. ü Site admins can create new sites with a few clicks of a button ü Powerful theming & branding capabilities ü Syndicated news server to push content across some or all sites. Friday, 9 December, 11 10
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  12. 12. Install Profiles / Deploying New Sites Problem: "How can we minimize the time required to implement and configure new sites and integrate them with the existing platform?"   Challenge: Need to add new fully-functional sites quickly and easily. Solution: Create install profiles, layout and configuration options.Friday, 9 December, 11 12
  13. 13. Branding Dashboard Problem: "Departments are going in all sorts of directions in terms of design and it’s difficult to maintain a unified brand.” Challenge: Need for consistent branding university wide. Solution: Create a flexible theme platform wideFriday, 9 December, 11 13
  14. 14. Style Guide / Templating System Problem: "Template layouts are boring and dont allow for uniqueness or for departments to properly highlight and showcase what they do.” Challenge: As a department, need for unique identity. Solution: Create a number of customizable layouts @glennhiltonFriday, 9 December, 11 14
  15. 15. Syndication Server Problem: "How can we disseminate content across the university, or across certain sites, from one location and easy to use system.” Challenge: Need easy, flexible way to update content across some or all sites.   Solution:  Phase I - Rebuild of the syndication server. Phase II - Content from sites to server.         Friday, 9 December, 11 15
  16. 16. IXM is currently seeking EDUs interested in… ü Updating or unifying their current web infrastructure. ü Taking a survey to provide insight on your present needs. Friday, 9 December, 11 16
  17. 17.  @glennhiltonFriday, 9 December, 11 17
  18. 18. Overcoming the Departmental Site Challenge: How to Unify a University’s Web Platform With Drupal 7 Toronto Drupal Summit: December, 2 2011 Jennifer Hols, Director of Sales & Marketing @jhorocks @jhorocksFriday, 9 December, 11 18