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Drupal For Educators And Academics
Drupal For Educators And Academics
Drupal For Educators And Academics
Drupal For Educators And Academics
Drupal For Educators And Academics
Drupal For Educators And Academics
Drupal For Educators And Academics
Drupal For Educators And Academics
Drupal For Educators And Academics
Drupal For Educators And Academics
Drupal For Educators And Academics
Drupal For Educators And Academics
Drupal For Educators And Academics
Drupal For Educators And Academics
Drupal For Educators And Academics
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Drupal For Educators And Academics

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Presentation given at Drupalcon Barcelona 2007

Presentation given at Drupalcon Barcelona 2007

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  • 1. Drupal for Educators and Academics From Modules to Institutional Cultures Dominik Luke š University of East Anglia School of Education and Lifelong Learning Centre for Action Research in Education http://research.edu.uea.ac.uk http://www.dominiklukes.net
  • 2. My Drupal Acad/EDU websites <ul><li>http://Bohemica.com (subject info, community…) </li></ul><ul><li>http://GlottalStart.com (social networking in language education dream - see http://TuiT.glottalstart.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>http://Research.EDU.uea.ac.uk (“VRE”, departmental web) </li></ul><ul><li>http://eut.uea.ac.uk (information sharing) </li></ul><ul><li>http://childrenasdecisionmakers.org (research project) </li></ul><ul><li>http://careers.uea.ac.uk/showcase (event support) </li></ul><ul><li>http://CADAAD.org (community, eJournal) </li></ul><ul><li>http://PragueLinguistics.org (multilingual, association) </li></ul><ul><li>http://CogLing.info (in Czech, supporting book) </li></ul><ul><li>http://ConceptualMetaphor.net (subject info) </li></ul><ul><li>http://philblog.uea.ac.uk , HermeneuticHeretic.net (Wordpress blogs) </li></ul>
  • 3. Other Acad/Edu Webs with Drupal <ul><li>Huitalk http://www.huitalk.com </li></ul><ul><li>University of Calgary ( http://www.ucalgary.ca ) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.camot.net (research) </li></ul><ul><li>http://research.yale.edu/swahili/learn </li></ul><ul><li>http://nasacolab.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://anthropology.net (Now Wordpress?) </li></ul>
  • 4. Drupal’s big GAP! <ul><li>Drupal is great for massive projects (MTV, Sony, Mothersclick, Greenpeace…) </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal is great for small(ish) personal or single project sites ( http://info.ulrich-schrader.de ) </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal falls short for small organizations such as schools, departments or small associations with no budget for continuous website support </li></ul><ul><li>This is not a technical problem but rather an institutional problem; institutions need to change perspective and processes but Drupal community should be aware of the gap </li></ul>
  • 5. The ‘truth’ about education <ul><li>Sectors: Public/Private, Primary/Secondary/Higher/Further, Formal/Non-formal, Small/Large, Face-to-face/Distance </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholders: Students, Teachers, School administrators, Parents, Employers, Alumni </li></ul><ul><li>Materials: Textbooks, Audio/Visual, Interactive, Realia, Tests </li></ul><ul><li>Processes: Learning, Teaching, Studying, (Memorization, Projects, Case studies, etc.), Testing, Examination, Portfolio building, Mentoring, Socialization, Transitions, Logistics (scheduling, fees, HR, Privacy, …) </li></ul>
  • 6. Problems to solve <ul><li>Present school </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a “Virtual Learning Environment” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create materials and tests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate with others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Administer courses, students, classrooms, timtabling </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain privacy of students </li></ul><ul><li>Involve others (e.g. parents) </li></ul>
  • 7. Drupal’s response <ul><li>Direct </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DrupalEd Distro ( http://drupaled.org ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PhpEdu ( http://www.phpedu.org.uk ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quiz, Gradebook module </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle integration (???) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Old modules: Vocab, Question-and-Answer Sets, FlashCard </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Indirect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Buddy list, User points, Facebook integration? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organic groups, Bio/Nodeprofile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Views/CCK (databases), Access control (privacy), Taxonomy, Book module </li></ul></ul>
  • 8. Drupal’s competition <ul><li>VLEs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blackboard/WebCT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle, ATutor, LearnNI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ TuiT.glottalstart.com” (available for porting) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Testing systems (questionmark, …) </li></ul><ul><li>Others CMSs </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking </li></ul>
  • 9. Where Drupal falls short <ul><li>No (comprehensive/mature) modules for… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation of interactive materials (Quiz) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignment workflow (PHPEdu) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom management (OG, distros) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Testing (standards compliance) (Quiz) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Privacy assurances (Access control) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mature Drupal shops dedicated to education (growing: e.g. Funnymonkey, Palantir) </li></ul><ul><li>Small/Big dilemma </li></ul>
  • 10. The truth about academia <ul><li>Research (surveys, interviews, experiments, thinking, literature review, ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research communication (Establishing networks of trust (see philosophy of science)) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publication (books, journals, ejournals, websites) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer review (journals, conferences) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Institutional logistics (departments, teaching, supervision, communication) </li></ul>
  • 11. Academia’s Paradox <ul><li>HTML (the web) was invented by academics for sharing and collaboration and it was OK but not all that good at it (a bit better than Gopher) </li></ul><ul><li>Now that the internet is the web and it’s getting better all the time at sharing (social networking is academia’s bread and butter); academics are still living in the world of static HTML and email </li></ul>
  • 12. Problems to solve <ul><li>Organize conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Share bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>Anonymously peer review submissions </li></ul><ul><li>Share writing </li></ul><ul><li>Annotate </li></ul><ul><li>Build communities </li></ul><ul><li>Focus fragmentation </li></ul><ul><li>User resistance </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-institutional collaboration </li></ul>
  • 13. Key modules for Academics <ul><li>Biblio, OAI-PMH, Z39.50 Search </li></ul><ul><li>eJournal (CCK/Views) </li></ul><ul><li>Footnotes, Table of Contents </li></ul><ul><li>Conference / Conference distro </li></ul><ul><li>Event/Calendar/Signup/Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Similar entries </li></ul><ul><li>Other modules: CCK/Views, Organic Groups, Wiki, Book, Fileshare/Filebrowser, MySite </li></ul>http://groups.drupal.org/drupal-research-and-academia
  • 14. What more could Drupal do <ul><li>Modules: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborative writing projects, automatic pagination, better WYSIWIG integration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OG2List, email integration (not all web) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>blogging projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>annotation/mark up(cf. GPL3 project) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blackboard integration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publish/Subscribe module </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other: dedicated companies targeting universities and research centers </li></ul>
  • 15. Drupal’s competition/inspiration <ul><li>Connotea (Social bookmarking for academics) </li></ul><ul><li>CiteULike.org (social bibliographies) </li></ul><ul><li>Sakai ( http://sakaiproject.org - Java based Virtual Research Environment – VRE) </li></ul><ul><li>Brochuware CMSs </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle, Blackboard, etc. </li></ul>
  • 16. My conclusions… <ul><li>Drupal’s has a lot of potential in the academic / educational space </li></ul><ul><li>An individual or a small dedicated group can implement a ‘good enough’ website fast </li></ul><ul><li>The edu/academic world lacks infrastructure for maintaining CMSs in general (funding, mindset) and needs ‘education’ and support from dedicated companies </li></ul>
  • 17. Discussion <ul><li>Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Modules </li></ul><ul><li>Other problems to solve </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions, ideas, disagreements </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>

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