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Drupal for Education and E-Learning - Second Edition - Second Edition

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Drupal for Education and E-Learning - Second Edition - Second Edition

Overview of this book

As social networks become more popular, their role in the classroom has come under scrutiny. Drupal offers a wide variety of useful tools for educators. Within a single Drupal site, you can set up social bookmarking, podcasting, video hosting, formal and informal groups, rich user profiles, and other features commonly associated with social web communities. "Drupal for Education and E-Learning - Second Edition" teaches you how to create your own social networking site to advance teaching and learning goals in the classroom, while giving you complete control over features and access. Communicate with students, share learning resources, and track assignments through simple tasks with this hands-on guide.In this book you will learn to install and configure the default Drupal distribution and then extend it to include blogs, bookmarks, a media sharing platform, and discussion forums. The book also covers how to organize your site to easily track student work on the site, and how to control who has access to that information. Additionally, it teaches you how to make the site easy to use, how to maintain the site, and how to ask for and receive help in the Drupal community.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
Drupal for Education and E-Learning - Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Assigning permissions to forums

To assign permissions for forums, click on the People | Permissions tab, or navigate to admin/people/permissions. We will be adjusting permissions for the Teacher and Student roles.

The forum module has six permissions:

  • administer forums

  • Create new content

  • Edit own content

  • Edit any content

  • Delete own content

  • Delete any content

Of these six permissions, only one, Create new content, is a must assign for site users. Additionally, most users will probably want to be able to Edit own content. However, it's worth considering that if a user edits a forum post after a comment has been made, the context of the comment and the subsequent discussion will be lost. For this reason, we generally recommend only assigning the ability to Edit any content—and either of the delete privileges—to very trusted users.

Once you have assigned the desired rights to both the Student and Teacher roles, click on the Save permissions button to save the settings.