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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

Images and image galleries

In previous versions of Drupal, sharing images required many different modules and lots of configuration options. In Drupal 7, some of the functionality provided by image-related modules from the community has been moved into the core and simplified.


Features from the Imagefield module, the Image API module and the Imagecache module have been moved into core.

Configuring your site to use images

To set up your site to use images, we will follow these steps:

  1. Creating an image style (optional).

  2. Creating gallery taxonomies.

  3. Creating the image content type.

  4. Editing the display (optional).

  5. Assigning permissions to create and edit images.

  6. Creating galleries.

  7. Adjusting the student_blog, teacher_blog, and conversations views (optional).

Step 1 – creating an image style (optional)

Image styles allow you to process an image before it is displayed. The most common use for an image style is to create a thumbnail of an image.

Drupal provides three image styles by default:

  • A thumbnail...