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Drupal for Education and E-Learning

Book Description

Teaching and learning in the classroom using the Drupal CMS

  • Use Drupal in the classroom to enhance teaching and engage students with a range of learning activities

  • Create blogs, online discussions, groups, and a community website using Drupal.

  • Clear step-by-step instructions throughout the book

  • No need for code! A teacher-friendly, comprehensive guide

  • In Detail

    Social media in the classroom provide unique opportunities for teaching and learning. This book helps you break through the hype, and shows you how to build a site in Drupal that incorporates the Web in your class, on your terms, to achieve specific learning goals..

    This book provides the essential details to get the most out of your Drupal site. In clear, step-by-step instructions, you will learn how to build a site that is easy to use, easy to navigate, and supports the teaching and learning you want to emphasize.

    Drupal for Education and E-Learning provides a step-by-step overview of how to work with Drupal to build a feature-rich learning environment. In this book, you will learn how to configure the default Drupal installation, and how to extend your site to include social bookmarking, a podcasting and video sharing platform, image sharing, and interactive discussions around rich media content. You will also learn how to organize your site so that, as learning occurs over time, you and your students will be able to track their work history.

    Create engaging learning experiences using Drupal. A friendly and clear guide from the creator of the DrupalEd distribution.

    Downloading the example code for this book. You can download the example code files for all Packt books you have purchased from your account at http://www.PacktPub.com. If you purchased this book elsewhere, you can visit http://www.PacktPub.com/support and register to have the code file.

    Table of Contents

    1. Drupal for Education and E-Learning
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Drupal for Education and E-Learning
      3. Credits
      4. About the Author
      5. About the Reviewers
      6. Preface
        1. What This Book Covers
        2. What You Need for This Book
        3. Who This Book Is For
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader Feedback
        6. Customer Support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      7. 1. Introduction
        1. What is Drupal
        2. Drupal—A Short Historical Overview
        3. What Drupal Can Do For You
        4. Drupal Terminology
        5. Taking Notes
        6. Summary
      8. 2. Installing Drupal
        1. Assumptions
          1. The Domain
          2. The Web Host
            1. Web Server
            2. PHP version
            3. MySQL version
          3. FTP and Shell Access to Your Web Host
          4. A Local Testing Environment
        2. The Most Effective Way versus The Easy Way
        3. Installing Drupal—The Quick Version
        4. Installing Drupal—The Detailed Version
          1. Getting the Codebase
          2. Creating the Database and the Database User
          3. Completing the Install
        5. Enabling Core Modules
        6. Assigning Rights to the Authenticated User Role
        7. Summary
      9. 3. Getting Started
        1. The Core Install
          1. Core User Functionality
            1. My Account
            2. Create Content
            3. Log Out
          2. Administrative Functionality
            1. Content Management
            2. Site Building
            3. Site Configuration
            4. User Management
            5. Reports
        2. Next Steps: Building the Foundation
        3. Installing Modules and Themes
          1. Files
          2. Directories
          3. Core Modules and Themes
          4. The Sites Directory
          5. Adding Modules and Themes: The Steps
            1. Step 1: Download
            2. Step 2: Decompress
            3. Step 3: Upload
            4. Step 4: Enable
          6. Configuring Modules and Themes
            1. Modules
            2. Themes
          7. Modules and Themes: A Summary
        4. Creating Roles
        5. Creating Content Types
          1. Step 1: Creating the Content Type
            1. A: Identification
            2. B: Submission Form Settings
            3. C: Workflow Settings
            4. D: Comment Settings
          2. Step 2: Adding Fields
          3. Step 3: Assigning Taxonomies
            1. Identification
            2. Content Types
            3. Settings
          4. Step 4: Assigning Privileges
          5. The Result
          6. Creating Content Types: A Summary
        6. Creating Views
          1. Step 1: Add a View
          2. Step 2: Set the Defaults
            1. Step a: Adding Fields
              1. Node Fields
              2. Content Fields
              3. Taxonomy Fields
              4. Configuring the Fields
            2. Step b: Adding Filters
            3. Step c: Adding Arguments (optional)
            4. Step d: Setting Style
            5. Step e: Setting Additional Configuration Options
          3. Step 3: Add a Display Type
            1. Adding Multiple Display Types and Overriding Default Values
            2. Save Your View!
          4. Creating Views: A Summary
        7. Summary
      10. 4. Creating a Teacher Blog
        1. Installing the Text Editor
          1. Uploading and Enabling FCKeditor
          2. Configuring FCKeditor
            1. Assigning Permissions
              1. Assigning User Rights via Roles
              2. Understanding Roles and How They Work
            2. Editing the Advanced Profile
            3. Editing Visibility Settings in the Global Profile
          3. Setting the Proper Input Formats
        2. Creating Content Types for the Teacher Blog
          1. The Blog Post Content Type
            1. Add Fields
            2. Assign Taxonomy
            3. Assign Permissions
            4. Hey! Why Not Use the Blog Module?
          2. The Assignment Content Type
            1. Getting Started: Installing Modules
            2. The Assignment Content Type
            3. Add Fields
              1. Ordering Fields
            4. Assign Taxonomy
            5. Assign Permissions
        3. Sample Users and Testing
          1. Adding New Users
          2. Section Summary
        4. Adding Sample Content
        5. Views for the Teacher Blog and Assignments
          1. The Teacher Blog View
            1. Add a View
            2. Set the Defaults
              1. Add Fields to the View
              2. Add Filters
              3. Add Arguments
              4. Set Style
              5. Set Additional Configuration Options
            3. Add a Display Type
          2. The Assignment View
            1. Editing the Default Values
              1. Modifying the Date Field
              2. Removing the Default Date
              3. Add Filters
              4. Edit the Argument
              5. Adding a Title and Header
            2. Edit the Calendar Page Display
              1. Setting the Path and Menu
        6. Summary
      11. 5. Enrolling Students
        1. Understanding Roles, and Assigning Rights
        2. Assigning Rights
          1. Rights for the Student Role
        3. Creating Student Accounts
          1. Method 1: Students Create their Own Accounts
            1. Student Sign-in
            2. Retrieving the Confirmation Email
            3. Promoting New Members into the Student Role
          2. Method 2: You Create the Student Accounts
        4. Customizing the Registration Process
          1. The User Settings Page
            1. User Registration Settings
            2. User Email Settings
            3. Signatures
            4. Pictures
        5. Additional Modules for Creating User Accounts
        6. Summary
      12. 6. Creating the Student Blog
        1. Setting Up the Student Blog
          1. Assigning Permissions
          2. Clone the Teacher Blog
        2. Getting Interactive
          1. Seeing Who's Discussing What
            1. Enabling and Cloning the Backlinks View
            2. Editing the Default Display
            3. Remove the Page Display
            4. Edit the Block Display
            5. Enabling the Block
        3. Seeing It Work
        4. Summary
      13. 7. Bookmarks
        1. Assign Rights to Use Bookmarks
        2. Using Bookmarks in the Classroom
        3. Sharing a Bookmark
          1. Bookmark to Blog
            1. Learning Goals
            2. Bookmarks and Media Literacy
          2. Bookmarks as Part of Ongoing Student Research
            1. Learning Goals
        4. Summary
      14. 8. Podcasting and Images
        1. Getting Started with Podcasts
        2. Audio Module
          1. Install the getID3() Module
            1. Install the getID3() Libraries
          2. Install the Token Module
          3. Install and Enable the Audio Module
        3. Configure the Audio Module
          1. The Audio Tab
            1. A Brief Explanation of Tokens
          2. The Metadata Tags Tab
          3. The Players Tab
        4. Assign Rights to the Audio Module
        5. Adjust Existing Views
          1. Editing the student_blog View
          2. Editing the teacher_blog View
          3. Editing the conversations View
        6. Uploading an Audio File
        7. Using Podcasts in the Class
          1. Creating Podcasts—Notes on Hardware and Software
            1. Software
            2. Hardware
          2. Everyday Uses of Podcasts
          3. Podcasts as a Tool in Project-Based Learning
            1. Ideas for Podcasting Projects
              1. Some General Examples
        8. iTunes or Not
        9. Images and Image Galleries
          1. Sharing Images with the Image Module
            1. Configuring the Image Module
            2. Step 1: Adjusting the Default Settings
            3. Step 2: Adjusting the Image Module Settings
              1. Image Gallery
            4. Step 3: Using the Keyword Taxonomy and Creating Galleries
              1. Galleries
            5. Step 4: Assign Permissions
            6. Step 5: Adjusting Views
          2. Creating Images
        10. Summary
      15. 9. Video
        1. Setting up the Video Content Type
          1. Install the Embedded Media Field Module
          2. Configure Embedded Media Field
            1. Configuring the General Settings
            2. Configuring the Embedded Media Field Settings
        2. Creating the Video Content Type
          1. Step 1: Create the Content Type
          2. Step 2: Add the Video Field
            1. Configuring the Field
            2. Configuring the Global Settings
            3. Ordering the Fields
          3. Step 3: Assign a Taxonomy
          4. Step 4: Assign Permissions
        3. Embedding Videos
          1. Embedding from an External Site
          2. Embedding from the Local Site
        4. Adjusting the Student and Teacher Blogs
        5. Hardware and Software to Create Videos
          1. Hardware
            1. Cameras and Video Capturing Equipment
            2. Microphones and Audio Quality
            3. Lighting Equipment and Editing Stations
            4. Copying Videos from YouTube/Google Video
          2. Software to Create and Edit Videos
            1. Desktop Software
            2. Online Tools
        6. Using Videos in the Classroom
          1. Student Projects
          2. Teaching with Video
        7. Drupal as a Video Hosting and Processing Platform
        8. Summary
      16. 10. Forums and Blogs
        1. Install the Forum Module
        2. Configure Forums
          1. Containers and Forums
        3. Displaying Multiple Content Types in a Forum
        4. Assign Permissions to Forums
        5. The Relationship between Forums and Blogs
          1. Forums
            1. Strengths
            2. Concerns
          2. Blogs
            1. Strengths
            2. Concerns
        6. Summary
      17. 11. Social Networks and Extending the User Profile
        1. Identifying the Goals of Your Profile
        2. Using the Core Profile Module
          1. Customizing the Core Profile
            1. Add a Last Name
            2. Add a Birthday
              1. Form Options
          2. Managing Your Profile Fields
          3. Adding Content to a Profile Created Using the Core Profile Module
        3. Moving Beyond the Core Profile Module
          1. When to Look Beyond the Profile Module
        4. Extending Profiles Using the Content Profile Module
        5. Building the Profile
          1. Edit the Settings of the Profile Content Type
          2. Configure the Base Content Profile Settings
          3. Add Fields to the Profile Content Type
            1. Add the Brief Bio Field
              1. Adjusting the Profile Settings
              2. Adjusting the Global Settings
            2. Adding the Full Bio Field
            3. Adjusting the Field Display
          4. Add Taxonomy Terms to the Profile Content Type
            1. Adding the Interest Vocabulary
          5. Assign Rights to Profile Nodes
        6. Creating an Extended Profile
          1. Including Fields from the Profile Node on the Registration Form
        7. Additional Options for Social Networking and User Profiles
        8. Summary
      18. 12. Supporting Multiple Classes
        1. Install and Configure Organic Groups
        2. Useful Links for Organic Groups
          1. Administrative Links
          2. Navigation Links
            1. Finding Groups and Navigating Group Content
            2. My Unread Posts
        3. Adjusting Your Site to Work with Organic Groups
          1. Create Group Types
            1. Creating the Class Content Type
              1. The Organic Groups Fieldset
            2. Creating the Club Content Type
        4. Assign Permissions to Group Nodes
          1. For Class Nodes
          2. For Club Nodes
        5. Create a Menu for Groups
        6. Setting the Defaults for Organic Groups
          1. Setting OG Configuration Options
            1. Content Types
            2. Group Details
              1. Groups Directory Control
              2. Registration Form Control
              3. Group Email Notifications
              4. Audience Checkboxes
              5. Audience Required
            3. Email Settings
            4. Remember: Save Your Settings!
          2. Setting Organic Groups Access Configuration Options
            1. Visibility of Posts
            2. Private Groups
        7. Creating and Using Groups
          1. Creating a Group
          2. Enabling Group-specific Blocks
          3. Adding Users/Managing Subscriptions
          4. Creating Additional Group Managers
        8. Adding Group-specific Taxonomies
          1. Creating Content in a Group
        9. Summary
      19. 13. Tracking Student Progress
        1. Getting an Overview of Student Work
          1. Using the Core Tracker Module
          2. Replacing the Tracker Module with Views
        2. Using Code Snippets to Track Student Progress
          1. Enabling PHP Snippets
          2. Embedding a PHP Snippet in a Page
            1. Explaining the Snippet
        3. Using Views and PHP Snippets Together
          1. Creating the View
            1. Adjusting the Defaults Display
              1. Adding Fields
              2. Adding an Argument
            2. Adjusting the Page Display
          2. Embedding the Snippet
          3. Explaining the Snippet
        4. Tracking Responses to Specific Assignments
          1. Editing the Argument
            1. Restrict Access
            2. How it Works
        5. Private Communication with Students
          1. Getting Started
          2. Configuring Coherent Access
          3. Using Coherent Access
          4. Tracking Posts Created and Shared Using Coherent Access
        6. Summary
      20. 14. Theming and User Interface Design
        1. Basic Principles
          1. Keep it as Simple as Possible
          2. Hide Unnecessary Options
        2. Setting the Home Page
        3. Menus, Blocks, and Primary Links
          1. Primary and Secondary Links
          2. Creating Customized Menus
          3. Create a Separate Administration Menu
            1. Adding New Menus
            2. Enabling the Block
            3. Adding items to the Menu
          4. Create a Separate "Add Content" Block
            1. Adding New Menus
            2. Enabling Blocks
            3. Adding Menu Items into the Menu
          5. Populate the Primary Links
            1. Adding a Post Directly to a Menu
            2. Adding a New Menu Item
            3. Blocks and Block Placement FAQ
              1. What is a Block? How is it Different than a Menu?
              2. What is a Region?
              3. What Else can I do with a Block?
              4. Can I Make a Block Visible to Specific Roles or on Specific Pages?
        4. Changing Settings via the Admin Menu
          1. The Site Information Page
            1. Theme Settings
            2. Enabling Themes
            3. Global Theme Settings
              1. Display Post Information on
              2. Toggle Display
              3. Logo Image Settings
              4. Shortcut Icon Settings
              5. Theme-Specific Settings
        5. Looking Under the Hood
          1. Drupal's Theme Structure
          2. css Files
          3. tpl.php Files
            1. Custom tpl.php Files
          4. CSS and JavaScript Aggregation
          5. Additional Resources
        6. Summary
      21. 15. Backup, Maintenance, and Upgrades
        1. Setting Up Cron Jobs
        2. Backup and Maintenance Overview
        3. Backing Up the Codebase
        4. Automating Backups Using DB Maintenance
          1. Configuring the Database Optimization Options
          2. Configuring the Database and Files Backup Options
          3. Summary: Using DB Maintenance to Automate Backup and Maintenance
        5. Caring For Your Database
          1. Using PHPMyAdmin as a Maintenance and Backup Tool
            1. Optimizing Tables Using PHPMyAdmin
        6. Manually Backing Up the Database
          1. Backing up the Database via PHPMyAdmin
          2. Backing Up Your Database via the Command Line
            1. Command Line Database Backups—The Short Version
            2. Command Line Database Backups—The Full Explanation
        7. Command Line Backups of Core Codebase, Contributed Modules, and Files
          1. The Master Backup
            1. Details on the Command Line
          2. Backing up Contributed Modules and Themes
          3. File Backups
          4. Putting it all Together
          5. OK. What Should I Back Up, and When Should I Do It?
          6. Verifying that your Backup Works
            1. Before We Begin: Web Space for Testing Your Backup
            2. Creating the Backup Database
              1. Recreate the Database via PHPMyAdmin
              2. Recreate the Database via the Command Line
            3. Uploading the Backup Codebase
            4. Edit settings.php
        8. The Test Site
        9. Disaster Recovery
        10. Updating Your Site
        11. Upgrading Core
          1. Upgrading Core—The Short Version
          2. Upgrading Core—The Detailed Version
            1. Preparing the Upgraded Site
            2. Preparing the Codebase—Additional Notes
            3. Bringing the Upgrade Live
        12. Upgrading Contributed Modules
        13. Upgrading Your Theme
        14. Summary
      22. 16. Working Effectively in the Drupal Community
        1. Getting Started
        2. Researching on Drupal.org
          1. Searching Effectively
          2. Handbooks
          3. Browsing the Issue Queue
        3. Asking Questions
          1. Support Forums
          2. Support Mailing List
          3. Groups.drupal.org
          4. IRC
        4. Giving Support
        5. Summary
      23. Index