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Drupal Training and Education


Open Sourcing Drupal Training

Offered trainings

    Set of three half-day web seminars, $250/seminar
    Drupal in a Day attendee $400.00
    Introductory Site Builder 2 day training $800.00
    Introduction to Panels for Site Building $400.00
  • Katherine Druckman 2-hour Webinar: "Drupal is a leading content management platform used to build everything from small-scale blogs to major media and government agency sites, as well as complex enterprise applications. We'll show you how to put its power and flexibility to use on your own project. This online class will cover the basics of building a Drupal site, including essential module selection, configuration, and theme selection and modification. Using an open-source project site as an example, we will go through the major points essential to getting your first Drupal site online. We will demonstrate installation, basic architecture, content types, content display and layout." $25
    Day 1 (12/2) - $350
    Day 2 (12/3) - $350
    Both Days - $550
    A limited number of training laptops are available and must be requested in advance.
    Day 1, "Nontechnical"
    What is a CMS? What is Drupal?
    Looking at a basic Drupal page – what does it include? (header, blocks, links, comments....)
    Basic Site configuration
    * Site-information
    * Files uploads
    * Clean-URLs (friendly URLs)
    * Site maintenance
    * Input formats
    Themes (concepts, switching)
    Content (content submission/revisions, creating new content types with CCK, WYSIWYG in Drupal, taxonomy, Views, working with media – images and video, searching for content, comments)
    Users administration (creating user roles, user registration, editing user details, and blocking users)
    Day 2, "Somewhat Technical"
    Site's structure
    * Modules (choose, download, install, configure)
    * Access Control
    * Menus
    * Blocks
    * Input formats
    Learn about useful and fun apps to your Drupal website. See how you can easily add features such as calendars, weather etc. to your website. Learn about changing the navigation of your website and adding static text throughout your website.
    Installing Drupal
    Learn to Install Drupal in your server or in a hosted server.
    Installing new modules and themes


Tips on Implementing a Drupal Internship Program

Here is a breakdown of the job description we developed for our intern program:

25% - internal projects and process improvement initiatives (i.e. customizing Open Atrium - the internal project management tool we use)
25% - community-based initiatives aligned with Isaac’s personal interests (module maintenance, bug squashing in the issue queue, etc.)
25% - projects that Mediacurrent has an interest in supporting
15% - exposure to actual client/project work (attend client/staff meetings, digest project updates, shadow employees, etc.)
10% - Drupal evangelism (blogging, speaking at events, social media, etc.)

Noteworthy is the point that this was our intention, but the actual breakdown ended up varying. The point is to use percentages as a guide, but be prepared to adjust accordingly and not be overly rigid. The intern’s skill set will never be fully flushed out in an interview.

Here are some of the goals we were hoping to achieve:

* Help and closure with initiatives we may not have time to do on a day-to-day basis while focusing on client work
* Increase in community involvement via the Drupal projects Isaac is passionate about
* Inbound marketing bounce from blogging and social media
* Better processes from tweaking tools like Open Atrium

Conversely, here are some items that were important to Isaac:

* Being able to stay busy on challenging Drupal-related work
* Gain visibility on how a Drupal firm operates (both technically and operationally)
* Exposure and more experience in design/creative work
* Collaboration or mentoring with more experienced Drupal developers (i.e. best practice or knowledge share)

[...] positive results were felt by the Drupal community, Mediacurrent, and Issac. However, an effective internship program involves the same level of commitment that you would give to hiring any other full-time employee. The success factors will include advanced planning, staff support, setting expectations via a job description, creating a welcoming environment, and adequate supervision.

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