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Drupal for Educators and Academics From Modules to Institutional Cultures Dominik Luke š University of East Anglia School ...
My Drupal Acad/EDU websites <ul><li>http://Bohemica.com   (subject info, community…) </li></ul><ul><li>http://GlottalStart...
Other Acad/Edu Webs with Drupal <ul><li>Huitalk  http://www.huitalk.com   </li></ul><ul><li>University of Calgary ( http:/...
Drupal’s big GAP! <ul><li>Drupal is great for massive projects (MTV, Sony, Mothersclick, Greenpeace…) </li></ul><ul><li>Dr...
The ‘truth’ about education <ul><li>Sectors:  Public/Private, Primary/Secondary/Higher/Further, Formal/Non-formal, Small/L...
Problems to solve <ul><li>Present school </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a “Virtual Learning Environment” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Drupal’s response <ul><li>Direct </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DrupalEd Distro ( http://drupaled.org ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Drupal’s competition <ul><li>VLEs:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blackboard/WebCT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle, ATutor, Lear...
Where Drupal falls short <ul><li>No (comprehensive/mature) modules for… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation of interactive mate...
The truth about academia <ul><li>Research   (surveys, interviews, experiments, thinking, literature review, ) </li></ul><u...
Academia’s Paradox <ul><li>HTML (the web) was invented by academics for sharing and collaboration and it was OK but not al...
Problems to solve <ul><li>Organize conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Share bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>Anonymously peer r...
Key modules for Academics <ul><li>Biblio, OAI-PMH, Z39.50 Search </li></ul><ul><li>eJournal (CCK/Views) </li></ul><ul><li>...
What more could Drupal do <ul><li>Modules:   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborative writing projects, automatic pagination, b...
Drupal’s competition/inspiration <ul><li>Connotea (Social bookmarking for academics) </li></ul><ul><li>CiteULike.org (soci...
My conclusions… <ul><li>Drupal’s has a lot of potential in the academic / educational space </li></ul><ul><li>An individua...
Discussion <ul><li>Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Modules </li></ul><ul><li>Other problems to solve </...
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Drupal For Educators And Academics

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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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