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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
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Adding group-specific taxonomies

Using the Organic groups vocabularies module, we can set up unique vocabularies for each group. This allows each group to have separate ways of categorizing content. This can be useful for different classes, as an English class will have different needs and categories than a Biology class.

Group managers and group administrators have the rights to create new vocabularies. To create a specific vocabulary for a group, click on the Group tab. Then, click on the Taxonomy link:

From here, the process of creating a vocabulary is identical to creating all other vocabularies in the site, as described in Chapter 3, Getting Started.

For this example, we will create a vocabulary to categorize Assignment nodes and assign the following values:

  • Vocabulary name: Assignment type

  • Description: Leave this blank; the description is only shown to group managers and should be obvious from the context

  • Help text: Select the appropriate term

  • Check the box next to Node, Assignment (three...