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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
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Private communication with students


Throughout a course, teachers may want to keep private notes on students' progress, or create an online space where they can communicate directly with students regarding their progress. By using the Node access user reference module, teachers and students can create posts and then single out individual users who can see and/or edit these posts. Additionally, posts can also be private, in which case they are only visible to the author, making this method suitable for maintaining a journal or private notebook.

Getting started

Download the Node access user reference module from http://drupal.org/project/nodeaccess_userreference. Install this module as described in Chapter 3, Getting Started.

Then, click on Structure | Content types or navigate to admin/structure/types. Create a content type named Notes, and in the Publishing options settings, make sure that you enable Create new revisions.

Next, click People | Permissions or navigate to admin/people/permissions...