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OpenEDU - A Drupal 8 Distribution to Jumpstart Higher Education Websites


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Accelerate the process of building higher-education websites

Your university is unique: it has its own history, faculty, and mascot. Its identity is everything that makes alums proud and prospective students excited to be a part of it. As the primary means for interacting with and recruiting both students and donors, your website needs to accommodate your university’s distinct traits and needs. Still, customizing your website from the ground up is expensive.

Customize your university’s website with OpenEDU, a solution highly tuned and ready to go for higher-ed organizations - that’s still fully flexible. It enables complex relationships and dependencies between a college or university’s programs, classes, and faculty.

Join us to speak with players integral to OpenEDU: from the advisory board to its project managers and developers. You’ll leave understanding:

Market Research: Over 30 Acquia & ImageX higher education clients provided feedback on what they were looking for before moving to Drupal 8. Learn how this feedback shaped the project
Product Roadmap: Integrations, scalability and architectural approach to meeting a diverse range of organizational sizes
Go-to Market: How an open-source distribution generates and helps secure new business, using Acquia’s Lightning and ImageX’s OpenEDU as case studies

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OpenEDU - A Drupal 8 Distribution to Jumpstart Higher Education Websites

  2. 2. 2 Agenda 1) About Us: Intro to Trinity University, ImageX and Acquia in Higher Ed 2) OpenEDU Overview and Demo 3) Panel Q&A 4) Audience Q&A
  3. 3. Meet the Panel ● Jeanna Goodrich Balreira - Associate Director for Creative Services, Trinity University ● John Kennedy - Product Leader, Open Source; Acquia ● Bjorn Thomson - EDU Practice Director, ImageX ● Kevin Hu - VP, Technology; ImageX
  4. 4. Trinity University is a liberal arts and sciences institution in San Antonio, Texas ● ~2,400 students: 2,250 undergraduates and 150 graduate students ● ~29,000 Tiger alumni worldwide ● Moved to Drupal 7 / Acquia in August 2013 as part of a complete site redesign and content overhaul ● Adopted OpenEDU in February 2015, specifically for a set of customizable site templates for faculty, staff, and student organizations.
  5. 5. ● Founded in 2001 ● Offices in Vancouver, Canada & Kiev, Ukraine ● Over 300+ web initiatives launched ● End-to-end consulting, design and development agency ● Specialized EDU project team IMAGEX INTRODUCTION About ImageX and Team 5
  6. 6. ©2016 Acquia Inc. — Confidential and Proprietary → Over 550 higher education clients – including UVA, George Mason, Georgetown, UMD, and UMich → Dedicated team started in 2013 and broadened in 2014 to work strategically with institutions → Acquia’s oldest and a key strategic vertical (Bentley was our first customer in 2007) → Many of Acquia’s team have deep backgrounds in higher education Acquia in Higher Ed
  7. 7. OpenEDU Background ● Originally released on Drupal 7 in 2015 ● Re-architected for Drupal 8 ● D8 version a collaboration between ImageX & Acquia ● Acquia ran a survey of over 100 EDUs in 2016 ● Formed a steering committee of 15 universities ● Development priorities validated through committee and customer interviews ● ImageX secured a grant to fund OpenEDU from the Industrial Research Assistance Program
  8. 8. About OpenEDU OpenEDU is a preconfigured version of Drupal 8 designed for higher education 1.Out of the box theme with options relevant to industry, higher-ed based IA and navigation structure 2.EDU-based core components such as faculty profiles, programs, courses, testimonials (and many more to come...) 3.Leverages Acquia Lightning’s functionality for enterprise authoring including editorial workflow, layout and media handling
  9. 9. What it does 1.Theme, IA, and site structure is out of the box a high-end higher education website, including sample content 2.Easy & fast editorial control over most areas of the site ○ Editorial experience designed for non-technical stakeholders ○ Power users provided with a second interface for easy customization 3.EDU thought leaders responsible for upkeep, as well as significant continued investment
  10. 10. OpenEDU Demo
  11. 11. 11 What goals does a university have for digital experience?
  12. 12. 12 What makes Drupal 8 the best platform for higher education institutions?
  13. 13. 13 What’s new in OpenEDU D8?
  14. 14. 14 What problems/use cases does OpenEDU solve?
  15. 15. 15 How much can a university expect to save from using OpenEDU vs a standard Drupal 8 installation?
  16. 16. 16 What does using OpenEDU now mean for our website’s future?
  17. 17. OPEN FLOOR
  18. 18. Thank You