Monday, December 1, 2008

Drupal in Education and E-Learning Now Available

Drupal for Education and E-Learning is now available from Packt Publishing. This book covers Drupal 6, and describes how to build a community site to support teaching and learning. This book is designed for people new to Drupal, with no prior development experience. The hands-on, step-by-step instructions guide you through installing Drupal, configuring contributed modules and themes, and working with some of Drupal’s most useful and powerful modules, including CCK, Views, and Organic Groups. The book also covers site maintenance, upgrades, and backups – these essential steps, while not as fun as site building, are essential for keeping your site and data secure.

Additionally, the book covers some of the basics of when to use different types of resources in the classroom. Frequently, people talk about incorporating video, or audio, or social bookmarks, etc, into the classroom, but they never discuss effective uses of these tools. While this book is not exhaustive in these discussions, I attempted to create some context around creative and effective use of the social web in a learning environment.

On a related note, we have also decided to be more organized and systematic with regards to putting out occasional tutorials. They will be collected under the tutorials tag, and can be seen at (or subscribed to via rss).

For people new to Drupal, Drupal in Education and E-Learning includes details on:

1.Drupal terminology;
2.User creation;
3.Role based access control;
4.Installing modules and themes;
5.Using taxonomy to categorize posts
6.Backing up and upgrading your site.

Using the menu and block system to simplify and streamline the navigation of your site.

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