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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
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Basic principles

Two basic principles will guide our design work:

  • Make things as simple as possible

  • Hide unnecessary options

Keeping it as simple as possible

If you look at the Google homepage at, you won't see much.

And that's precisely the point. You're not presented with a huge number of options because the people designing that page have made some decisions about why people are navigating to—they have arrived there to search. The screen is remarkably uncluttered. Nothing gets in the way of what the user is there to do: type in a search string, click on submit, and then browse away.

The minimalistic design—with a splash of color in the logo—supports the main activity people engage in at Google.

To look at it in another way, there is nothing on the page to distract or impede users from what they are there to do.

This brings us to the second main principle of creating an easily navigated site—hide unnecessary options.

Hiding unnecessary options

Frequently, people...