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  • Drupal talk

    1. 1. Making a classroom site with Drupal Sandra Porter, Ph.D. Digital World Biology www.Digital-World-Biology.com 1
    2. 2. Why not use Blackboard?Hard for students ✦ problems uploading images ✦ can’t tell if assignments were turned in ✦ forums hard to use ✦ depressing colors www.Digital-World-Biology.com 2
    3. 3. Why not use Blackboard?Hard for instructor✦ hard to make pages✦ can’t tell if assignments were handed back✦ forums hard to use✦ hard to download assignments✦ can only use students’ school email✦ hard to get to know students✦ no continuity - always rebuilding the same thing! www.Digital-World-Biology.com 3
    4. 4. With Drupal, I can• “see” my students• keep previous work• add what I want• experiment www.Digital-World-Biology.com 4
    5. 5. What is Drupal? Why use it?Drupal is a content management system - a collectionof modules and tools for building an interactive web site• Very flexible• open source• lots of help available• good documentation & support www.Digital-World-Biology.com 5
    6. 6. Database-driven sites www.Digital-World-Biology.com 6
    7. 7. What are the downsides?• takes time to learn• flexible but complex• do have to manage it• You may be better off adapting a blog www.Digital-World-Biology.com 7
    8. 8. The first steps• Set up a Drupal site on your computer for experimentation –http://acquia.com/downloads• Bookmark www.drupal.org• Find a local Drupal user group www.Digital-World-Biology.com 8
    9. 9. When you’re ready to go onlineYou will need:• A place to put your site - hosting company – need to be able to host Drupal – Fantastico – cPanel – more info: http://drupal.org/hosting• A name for your site – purchase a domain name• A way to move files – FTP program - e.g. Transmit www.Digital-World-Biology.com 9
    10. 10. Displaying information• A page is built from blocks & menus www.Digital-World-Biology.com 10
    11. 11. Displaying information– blocks & menus– 12 blocks– collapsible– similar colors and images from old site for similar look & feel www.Digital-World-Biology.com 11
    12. 12. Displaying information• Where information gets displayed –blocks - control position, pages, and access –menus• Who sees the display - how does it look? – permissions and display - logged in vs. logged out – access controls, publishing controls » sticky, teaser, front page• How information is displayed – controlled by views , content fields, css – list, table, links, grid, map www.Digital-World-Biology.com 12
    13. 13. My site’s organization www.Digital-World-Biology.com 13
    14. 14. My site’s organization www.Digital-World-Biology.com 14
    15. 15. My site’s organization www.Digital-World-Biology.com 15
    16. 16. My site’s organization www.Digital-World-Biology.com 16
    17. 17. My site’s organization www.Digital-World-Biology.com 17
    18. 18. My favorite modules• CCK & Views• Access control: ACL, Content Access, Forum Access• Copying pages & content type: Node clone, Add another• Communication: Mass contact• Gathering info & quizzes: Webform, Quiz• CKEditor - for formatting text• IMCE - image handling• Workspace www.Digital-World-Biology.com 18

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