The traditional approach is to BUY software, and the service would be secondary. Help! PAY UP, says large software companies. Let’s have a look at some untraditional approaches to online education and e-learning solutions. Technical & Professional Writers are often the main decision makers…
Filing cabinets…Inner-office communicationWe would spend a lot more time on campus dealing with documents ourselves.
My intention is not to confuse you, but focus on an approach that Tech. & Pro. Writers will take to consider untraditional solutions for education and e-learning.
Educational content or otherwise.WYSIWYG editors, simple interface.
Availability from anywhere. Timely delivery and ease of use. Rate of change and ease of manipulation. Roles to contribute content and publish it…Technical & Pro. Writers have paved the way for document tracking, knowledge management, workflow, and WCM…
Traditionally, we would BUY software, and then deal with the support as an afterthought…“FREE” Open Source Software has.Most often “build it yourself” is a choice that Engineers make. EGO and JOB SECURITY.
Out of the box, these solutions allow educational institutions to apply curriculum and student access to course materials.
Basically, it should benefit the community involved, and switch the attention from licensing to SERVICES.
It has the backing…
Untraditional for Education & E-learning in an academic sense.Great for everything else!
Recovery.gov, which is primarily an educational website for the country to follow Obama’s recovery plan.
Packaged solution of common EDU requirementsMoodle is a packaged solution, and often why people choose it first.
Drupal CMS For Education
Web Content Management for
Education and E-learning
Open Source Software Solutions
What Is Content?
• Text, HTML, XML
• Images and graphics
• Audio and video
• Electronic documents of any kind
What is Content Management?
Rules, process, and workflow to keep
Non-technical staff and users can add, edit,
and delete content.
Of course, on the Internet.
“We have A LOT of content”
• Who is your audience?
– Students and educators
– Employees and managers
– Everyone else
• Do they need it now?
• Will it change often?
• Who decides?
– Technical & Professional Writers (you do)
For Education and E-learning
• What are the traditional options?
– Paid $oftware licenses
– ―Free,‖ Open Source Software
– Build it yourself
Open Source Software
1. Free Redistribution
2. Source Code
3. Derived Works
4. Integrity of The Author's Source Code
5. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups
6. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor
7. Distribution of License
8. License Must Not Be Specific to a Product
9. License Must Not Restrict Other Software
10. License Must Be Technology-Neutral
Open Source Initiative
―For an open source WCM vendor to be
relevant, it must have a satisfactory
product offering, proven enterprise-level
implementations, and a large — and
passionate — community of developers
and service providers‖
Who Uses Drupal?
Organizations Universities Companies
– Unicef – Yale – Reuters
– The UN – Harvard – Yahoo
– PBS – Penn State – Adobe
– NATO – Rice – The BBC
– NASA – MIT – Forbes
Source: Urevick-Ackelsberg, ZivTech.com, Higher Education Web Symposium
Drupal Is Untraditional
• Untraditional for most EDU’s
– Drupal’s not an LMS ―out of the box.‖
• Often considered traditional elsewhere
– Personal websites
– Corporate websites
– Social Networks
Why Drupal for Education?
"Compared to a traditional Learning
Management System, Drupal can feel less
restrictive; Drupal has been designed to
interact with the Web, and to make the
most of the array of possibilities offered by
the Internet.‖ –Bill Fiztgerald