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The HealthCheck module is a monitoring module that exports the status of a drupal application's core, modules and themes in a JSON format.
A large number of people are still hesitant to try out unconventional learning methods owing to a number of reasons. Effective eLearning and knowledge management solutions are an essential element of success for most organizations.
Drupal has been providing excellent results in the e-learning ecosystem. It has been modified for less technical admins and students with a highly robust and scalable infrastructure. Streamline it with low cost, faster loading, and easy tailoring of content, Drupal shouldn’t be a tough choice.
For an efficient and effective e-learning, the development has to be simple, faster, and less expensive. In fact, a successful LMS needs a sophisticated platform that must help its stakeholders with excellent results in less required skills making knowledge management and learning easy for both, the organization and students.Traditional Vs E-Learning
Teaching might be a tough job but how different are the traditional and modern learning methods?
The pains and perks differ but how much?
- Making the learning more interesting
- Keeping up with the process of learning through a different medium
- Use of specific fonts, colors to ensure interactivity
- Keeping a balance with visuals
- Ensuring engagement within the group
However creative e-learning might be, the traditional learning environment, does not require the degree of self-discipline nor is it flexible in terms of deadlines and class meeting times.What is the hullabaloo all about?
A lot is said and done in a traditional classroom through language, facial expressions, and body language. To make up for such clues and ideas, online courses have greater reading requirements.
The assignment has more directions and a deadline to adhere to, in the online learning environment. As for the learners, they complete the assignment and upload it to the LMS.
Drupal vs SaaS LMS: Why opt for Drupal?
Distinct organizations have different learning workflow, assignment mechanism, and management process of students. With Drupal, it is easy to customize the framework according to your needs. Drupal's flexibility allows you to build custom and specific solutions. You can also create standard sets of code and extend them to meet particular client use cases.
A traditional classroom setting requires physical presence while an online environment requires tech savviness. Learners should be able to navigate, evaluate and create information using a variety of technologies. They should be able to use the basic word and numerical processing software.
This is the leading difference and advantage of eLearning vs traditional learning. The learner experiences a one-on-one, tailored instruction that is not possible in the traditional environment. A shift from a curriculum-centered to a learner-centered environment makes eLearning a winning proposition.
Quality and Response time for Feedback
In a traditional setting, feedback is prompt. But in an online setting, feedback can take more hours. The feedback process needs to be channelized in a way that the students feel a greater sense of community support.
Tracking the attendance
Create student/teacher relationships
Conduct individualized instructions
Facilitate classroom management
Provide relevant and current materials
Conduct guided and group discussions
Create virtual classrooms
Manage group dynamics
Support vigor, authenticity
Faster loading timeCovering the Challenges and Needs with Drupal
A well-planned eLearning system will address the issues in a strong and effective way,
flexible to meet the unique needs of all the participants. In this section, we will explore how Drupal is helping meet the challenges.
One of the foremost challenges remains the infrastructure. #RecreatingClassrooms
- Digital Classrooms
One of the important goals is to create the digital classrooms in a way that it keeps the feel of the classroom alive. Drupal supports many such approaches for the task.
Modules such as Organic groups enable the users to create and manage their own 'groups' with the functionality of subscribers. The subscribers from each group can also communicate amongst themselves.
It provides usual node types such as blog, story, page, etc. The block shown on the group homepage facilitates the surfer with a quick summary of the content or group. It also allows groups to be selective.
Selective groups require approval in order to become a member or even invitation-only groups. There are lots of preferences to configure groups as you need. This ensures classes remain exclusive and elusive to the disturbances.
Another module - Group - allows you to create arbitrary collections of your content and users on your site and grant access control permissions on those collections
Classes on a school website. With a teacher as the administrator, students as the members and the content as the learning material. Articles in the Group are created by the teacher and only visible to the students in the Group. Forums created in the Group are safe places to discuss the class as they are only accessible to the teacher and the students.
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- Multiple User Types
Teachers, need to have their notes, resources, and access to different content types to organize classes/groups in a better way. When conducting virtual groups, user roles, types, and permissions are, thus, important for the security and smooth functioning of the groups also known as virtual class. Out of the box, Drupal 8 offers different user types, roles, and permissions which can be leveraged so the teacher (group coordinator) has access to different resources than the rest.
You can set:
- Anonymous user
- Email unverified user
- Authenticated user
- Confirmed user
- Community user
Additionally, you can use Multiple Registration - Drupal module - to create two user registration pages. One for general users and one, let's say, for hosters. You can add several specific fields for hoster registration page and these fields should not be available on the general user registration page. Furthermore, if you need some hosters fields only on user edit page, without showing these fields on the registration page, this module could help you here too.Challenges Become Opportunities With Drupal
Tracking the attendance
School Administration module to keep a track of attendance
Create student/teacher relationships
Conduct individualized instructions
Views and Taxonomy tagging
Reuse and repurpose with Individualize content.
Facilitate classroom management
Provide relevant and current materials
Modules such as Web form and Quiz.
Assess comprehension or survey and compile results and data
Conduct guided and group discussions
Create virtual classrooms
Comments, Forums, Polls (Drupal core)
Manage group dynamics
Support vigor, authenticity
Modules - Group - to facilitate groups
Faster loadingModules such as memcache
- Adding Content
To tap into different learning styles the presentation of the information in multiple formats simultaneously is important. In one tested example, a presentation connects the script of a video to the video itself, so that students can read the material as the video streams onto the screen.
This benefits from the reinforcement of reading and helps the virtual groups. Drupal offers IMCE module which helps in image/file uploader and browser that supports personal directories and quota. It also helps with the operations of the image (jpg, png, gif) such as resizing, creating thumbnails, setting preview. Other than setting permissions for the directory, it also supports the private file system.
- Managing Menu
Managing groups from different scenarios, in an eLearning platform, can be tough. The platform must allow users to function in both worlds very comfortably and supports educators between school and home or work and home transitions. Students have various paper schedules to keep track of their classes, and online students need the same.
Drupal’s ability to support bi-directional data sharing, along with providing an easy menu with configurable blocks of menu links with advanced features not available in Drupal 8 core.
Menu Block allows you to display blocks of menu links starting with any desired level of a menu and limited to any desired depth. This module provides an additional configuration so you can choose to expand all menu links with children or to root the menu tree to a specific menu item.
Another module, Administration menu, provides a theme-independent administration interface for easier navigation. It's a helper for novice users coming from other CMS, a time-saver for site administrators, and useful for developers and site builders.
It not only contains regular menu items — tasks and actions are also included, enabling fast access to any administrative resource your Drupal site provides.
- Managing Non-text Content
One of Drupal’s strengths is presenting different bits of information to different users based on permissions, roles, and other identifiers. To keep the learning interesting, teachers can organize quizzes, voting, or add different videos.
This is possible with the Quiz module which lets you create graded assessments. A Quiz is given as a series of questions. Answers are then stored in the database. Scores and results are displayed during or after the quiz. Administrators can provide automatic or manual feedback.
The Fivestar voting module adds a clean, attractive voting widget to nodes and comments and any entity, to keep the user interface very interesting and democratic.
- Organizing the Content
Taxonomy and its tags are one way to allow students to customize their learning experience through Drupal. Correctly classifying information is a very early premise in education and library sciences. Drupal’s core Taxonomy functionality provides an excellent basis for creating online classification systems.
To give your eLearning system a strong foundation, develop a smart nested taxonomy structure that is very clear to the end-user. Drupal will punish you if you don’t put enough time into understanding and organizing your content.
Other important modules and features by Drupal are:
- Mathjax: Allows to write all mathematical equations and displays on the webpage. Indeed a great tool for academia.
- hierarchical_select: In case of a large number of terms which is used to tag the content. These terms also have a hierarchy and the user is expected to select the child most suitable term.
- diff: Diff module give better visibility of the difference between the two versions of a content.
- Elysia_cron: A great cron management tool which gives fine grain control over each task giving the flexibility to schedule each individual task separately.
- ajax_comments: The modules enables the user to post a comment without refreshing the page
Techtud is an Edu-Tech social networking site and started in 2013. It combines various features of social networking which helps improve learning experience with videos and pictures & increasing user engagement.
The basic idea was to promote the culture of learning while sharing, on a platform which was dynamic in its own sphere. So we wanted:
1) To reinvent the traditional form of learning
2) Through a social media platform
3) Where not only students can watch videos but also add content for the larger community.Techtud currently gets 500,000 page views per month to serve 20,000+ users all around the globe. Challenges
The challenges revolved around building a platform which:
- Is user-friendly and has engaging features.
- Is easy-to-use, which would ease the process of identifying the content type, structure and its presentation for easy discovery.
- Needed a framework which would help add content to our database without affecting the performance of the website.
- Is flexible in providing easier workflow and management capabilities.
The project was completed in 6 sprints spanning 2 weeks each. The easy workflow management ensured that the users can add as much as they want.
Techtud currently gets 5,00,000 monthly page views to serve 20,000+ users all around the globe. Building Techtud was not like building a site, it was building a community which would promote the idea of “Quality education for all”.
Looking for a web development agency which can help build your e-learning system? Contact us at email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.blog banner blog image Blog Type Articles Is it a good read ? On
Provides an integrated API for retriable tasks such as remote sync operations, etc...
This project is related to Opigno LMS distribution.
It implements the instructor-led trainings (ILT) entitiy, that can be added to learning paths in combination with online modules and virtual classrooms. ILT sessions make possible to register attendance of users and give them a grade. These sessions can be defined as mandatory steps in the learning path.
Once created, ILT sessions are automatically added to the users' calendar.
This project is related to Opigno LMS distribution.
It implements dashboard statistics in Opigno, that are available at 3 different levels:
- global level to get a quick overview of how the platform performs, the most active users and trainings
- training level, to get an overview of use and completion per module and user
- user level, to see the user's achievements
Statistics dashboards are generated from data stored in cache tables, to make their generation faster.
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Drupal integration for Monetizer 101 products see http://monetizer101.com/products/Dependencies
- Download and enable the module.
- Configure at Administer > Configuration > System > Monetizer101
- Enable monetizer for each content type you want. Settings for each content type
- available in content type setting form Administer > Structure > Content type > Content_type Name
Allows you to add a block to any type of content. This block adds a button that allows us to return to the previous page that we visited on the site or customize the page where we want it to redirect.
We have 2 modes of use:
Success and failure are not polar opposites: you often need to endure failure to enjoy success. In Google's 2004 Founders' IPO Letter, Larry Page wrote:
We will not shy away from high-risk, high-reward projects because of short term earnings pressure. Some of our past bets have gone extraordinarily well, and others have not. Because we recognize the pursuit of such projects as the key to our long term success, we will continue to seek them out. For example, we would fund projects that have a 10% chance of earning a billion dollars over the long term. Do not be surprised if we place smaller bets in areas that seem very speculative or even strange when compared to our current businesses. Although we cannot quantify the specific level of risk we will undertake, as the ratio of reward to risk increases, we will accept projects further outside our current businesses, especially when the initial investment is small relative to the level of investment in our current businesses.
Think big and fail well — fail fast, fail often, and learn from your mistakes.
It is essential that content be well-categorized, especially on large websites. Drupal includes the Taxonomy module for doing just this, and it is able to account for most content tagging scenarios. However, when you actually go to categorize content, it can be a bit confusing.
Configuration Snapshot enables snapshotting of extension-provided configuration.
If you build or manage public-facing websites, you've almost certainly heard the excited buzz around personalization technology. Content marketers, enthusiastic CEOs, and product vendors all seem to agree that customizing articles, product pitches, and support materials to each visitor's interests — and delivering them at just the right time — is the new key to success.
Content personalization for the web isn't new, and the latest wave of excitement isn't all hype; unfortunately, the reality on the ground rarely lives up to the promise of a well-produced sales demo. Building a realistic personalization strategy for your website, publishing platform, or digital project requires chewing on several foundational questions long before any high-end products or algorithms enter the picture.
The good news is that those core issues are more straightforward than you might think. In working with large and small clients on content tailoring and personalization projects, we've found that focusing on four key issues can make a huge difference.1. Signals: Information You Have Right Now
A lot of conversations about personalization focus on interesting and novel things that we can discover about a website visitor: where they're currently located, whether they're a frequent visitor or a first-timer, whether they're on a mobile device, and so on. Before you can reliably personalize content for a given user, you must be able to identify them using the signals you have at your disposal. For example, building a custom version of your website that's displayed if someone is inside your brick-and-mortar store sounds great, but it's useless if you can't reliably determine whether they're inside your store or just in the same neighborhood.Context
The simplest and most common kinds of signals are contextual information about a user's current interaction with your content. Their current web browser, the topic of the article they're reading, whether they're using a mobile device, their time zone, the current date, and so on are easy to determine in any publishing system worth its salt. These small bits of information are rarely enough to drive complex content targeting, but they can still be used effectively. Bestbuy.com, for example, uses visitor location data to enhance their navigation menu with information about their closest store, even if you've never visited before.undefined Identity undefined
Moving beyond transient contextual cues requires knowing (and remembering) who the current visitor is. Tracking identity doesn't necessarily mean storing personal information about them: it can be as simple as storing a cookie on their browser to keep track of their last visit. At the other end of the spectrum, sites that want to encourage long-term return visits, or require payment information for products or services, usually allow users to create an account with a profile. That account becomes their identity, and tracking (or simply asking for) their preferences is a rich source of personalization signals. Employee intranets or campus networks that use single-sign on services for authentication have already solved the underlying "identity" problem — and usually have a large pool of user information accessible to personalization tools via APIs.
Once you can identify a user reliably, tracking their actions over multiple visits can help build a more accurate picture of what they're looking for. Common scenarios include tracking what topics they read about most, which products they tend to purchase (or browse and reject), whether they prefer to visit in the morning or late at night, and so on. As with most of the building blocks of personalization, it's important to remember that this data is a limited view of what's happening: it tracks what they do, not necessarily what they want or need. Content Strategist, Karen McGrane sometimes tells the story of a bank whose analytics suggested that no one used their the site's "Find an ATM" tool. Further investigation revealed that the feature was broken; users had learned to ignore it, even though they wanted the information.Consumer Databases
Some information is impossible to determine from easily available signals — which leads us to the sketchy side of the personalization tracks. Your current visitor's salary, their political views, whether they're trying to have a child, and whether they're looking for a new job are all (thankfully) tough to figure out from simple signals. Third-party marketing agencies and advertising networks, though, are often willing to sell access to their databases of consumer information. By using tools like browser fingerprinting, these services can locate your visitors in their databases, allowing your users to be targeted for extremely tailored messages.
The downside, of course, is that it's easy to slide into practices that unsettle your audience rather than engaging them. Increasingly, privacy-conscious users resent the "unearned intimacy" of personalization that's obviously based on information they didn't choose to give you. Europe's GPDR, a comprehensive set of personal data-protection regulations in effect since May 2018, can also make these aggressive targeting strategies legally dangerous. When in doubt, stick to data you can gather yourself and consult your lawyer. Maybe an ethicist, too.2. Segments: Conclusions You Draw Based on Your Information
Individually, few of the individual signals we've talked about so far are useful enough to build a personalization strategy around. Collectively, though, all of them can be overwhelming: building targeted content for every combination of them would require millions of variations for each piece of content. Segmenting is the process of identifying particular audiences for your tailored content, and determining which signals you'll use to identify them.
It's easy to assume the segments you divide your audience into will correspond to user personas or demographic groups, but different approaches are often more useful for content personalization. Knowing that someone is a frequent flyer in their early 30s, for example, might be less useful for crafting targeted messages than knowing that they're currently traveling.
On several recent projects, we've seen success in tailoring custom content for scenarios and tasks rather than audience demographics or broad user personas. Looking at users through lenses like "Friend of a customer," "browsing for ideas" or "comparison-shopper" may require a different set of signals, but the usefulness of the resulting segments can be much higher.Radical Truth
It's hard to overstate the importance of honesty at this point: specifically, honesty with yourself about the real-world reliability of your signal data and the validity of the assumptions you're drawing from it. Taking a visitor's location into account when they search for a restaurant is great, but it only works if they explicitly allow your site to access their location. Refusing to deal with spotty signal data gracefully often results in badly personalized content that's even less helpful than the "generic" alternative. Similarly, treating visitors as "travelers" if they use a mobile web browser is a bad assumption drawn from good data, and the results can be just as counterproductive.3. Reactions: Actions You Take Based on Your Conclusions
In isolation, this aspect of the personalization puzzle seems like a no-brainer. Everyone has ideas about what they'd love to change on their site to make it appeal to specific audiences better, or make it perform more effectively in certain stress cases. It's exciting stuff — and often overwhelming. Without ruthless prioritization and carefully phased roll-outs, it's easy to triple or quadruple the amount of content that an already-overworked editorial team must produce. If your existing content and marketing assets aren't built from consistent and well-structured content, time-consuming "content retrofits" are often necessary as well.Incentivization
The ever-popular coupon code is a staple of e-Commerce sites, but offering your audience incentives based on signal and segmenting data can cover a much broader range of tactics. Giving product discounts based on time from last purchase and giving frequent visitors early access to new content can help increase long-term business, for example. Creating core content for a broad audience, then inserting special deals and tailored calls to action, can also be easier than building custom content for each scenario.Recommendation
Very little of the content on your site is meant to be a user's final destination. Whether you're steering them towards the purchase of a subscription service, trying to keep them reading and scrolling through an ad-supported site, or presenting a mall's worth of products on a shopping site, lists of "additional content" are a ubiquitous part of the web. Often, these lists are generated dynamically by a CMS or web publishing tool — and taking user behavior and signals into account can dramatically increase their effectiveness.undefined
The larger the pool of content and the more metadata that's used to categorize it, the better these automated recommendation systems perform. Amazon uses detailed analytics data to measure which products customers tend to purchase after viewing a category — and offers visitors quick links to those popular buys. Netflix hired taxonomists to tag their shows and movies based on director, genre, and even more obscure criteria. The intersections of those tags are the basis of their successful micro-genres, like "Suspenseful vacation movies" or "First films by award-winning directors."Prioritization
One of the biggest dangers of personalization is making bad assumptions about what a user wants, and making it more difficult in the name of "tailoring" their experience. One way to sidestep the problem is offering every visitor the same information but prioritizing and emphasizing different products, messages, and services. When you're confident in the value of your target audience segments, but you're uncertain about the quality of the signal data you're using to match them with a visitor, this approach can reduce some of the risks.Dynamic Assembly undefined
Hand-building custom content for each personalization scenario is rarely practical. Even with aggressively prioritized audience segments, it's easy to discover that key pages might require dozens or even hundreds of variations. Breaking up your content into smaller components and assembling it on the fly won't reduce the final number of permutations you're publishing, but it does make it possible to assemble them out of smaller, reusable components like calls to action, product data, and targeted recommendations. One of our earliest (and most ambitious) personalization projects used this approach to generate web-based company handbooks customized for hundreds of thousands of individual employees. It assembled insurance information, travel reimbursement instructions, localized text, and more based on each employee's Intranet profile, effectively building them a personalized HR portal.
That level of componentized content, however, often comes with its own challenges. Few CMS's out-of-the-box editorial tools are well-suited to managing and assembling tiny snippets rather than long articles and posts. Also, dynamic content assembly demands a carefully designed and enforced style guide to ensure that all the pieces match up once they're put together.4. Metrics: Things You Measure to Judge the Reactions' Effectiveness
The final piece of the puzzle is something that's easy to do, but hard to do well: measuring the effectiveness of your personalization strategy in the real world. Many tools — from a free Google Analytics account to Adobe Sharepoint — are happy to show you graphs and charts, and careful planning can connect your signals and segments to those tools, as well. Machine learning algorithms are increasingly given control of A/B testing the effectiveness of different personalization reactions, and deciding which ones should be used for which segments in the future. What they can't tell you (yet) is whether what you're measuring matters.
It's useful to remember Goodhart's Law, coined by a British economist designing tools to weigh the nation's economic health. "When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure." Increased sales, reduced support call volume, happier customers, and more qualified leads for your sales team may be hard to measure on the Google Analytics dashboard, but finding ways to measure data that's closer to those measures of value than the traditional "bounce rate" and "time on page" numbers will get you much closer. Even more importantly, don't be afraid to change what you're measuring if it becomes clear that "success" by the analytics numbers isn't helping the bottom line.Putting It All Together
There's quite a bit to chew on there, and we've only scratched the surface. To reiterate, every successful personalization project needs a clear picture of the signals you'll use to identify your audience, the segments you'll group them into for special treatment, the specific approaches you'll use to tailor the content, and the metrics you'll use to judge its effectiveness. Regardless of which tool you buy, license, or build from scratch, keeping those four pillars in mind will help you navigate the sales pitches and plan for an effective implementation.
The staff and board of the Drupal Association would like to congratulate our newest board member:Suzanne Dergacheva.
Thank you, Suzanne, for stepping forward to serve the Drupal community. On behalf of the community I also want to thank all the candidates who put themselves out there in service of Drupal and nominated themselves. We are grateful that our community has so many brave and generous people willing to contribute this way.
Suzanne's election to the board represents the seventh year of elections to a community-at-large seat on the Drupal Association Board.
This year, in my new position as Community Liaison, I wanted the elections to happen using the same processes as last year to observe how everything worked internally and to form proposals for how we can continue to improve the process in following years.
Our next steps will be to reach out to the candidates for their evaluation of the elections experience.
We also want to hear from the voters. Please tell us about your experience with the elections process in the comments below. If you did not vote, we especially want to hear from you, through a special one-question survey. Your feedback is important to us so that we can make the 2019 elections process even better.About the Elections Methodology: Instant Run-off Voting(IRV)
Elections for the Community-at-large positions on the Drupal Association Board are conducted through Instant Run-off Voting. This means that voters can rank candidates according to their preference. When tabulating ballots, the voters' top-ranked choices are considered first. If no candidate has more than 50% of the vote, the candidate with the lowest votes is eliminated. Then the ballots are tabulated again, with all the ballots that had the eliminated candidate as their first rank now recalculated with their second rank choices. This process is repeated until only two candidates remain and a clear winner can be determined. This voting method helps to ensure that the candidate who is most preferred by the most number of voters is ultimately elected. You can learn more about IRV (also known as Alternative Vote) in this video.Voting Results
There were 9 candidates in contention for the single vacancy among the two community-at-large seats on the Board. 967 voters cast their ballots out of a pool of 74268 eligible voters (1.3%). Voters ranked an average of 3.7 candidates on their ballots.
The bar charts below show the vote counts for each candidate in each round.
- Yellow — Votes carried over from the previous round.
- Green — Votes received in this round.
- Red — Votes transferred away in this round.
A candidate's votes in a round is the sum of the yellow and green bars.
Since the green and red bars represent votes being transferred, the sum of the
green and red bars is the same.
The exhausted bar represents votes where the voter did not indicate a next
preference and thus there were no candidates to transfer the vote to.
Count of first choices.Round 2
Count after eliminating Esaya Jokonya and transferring votes.Round 3
Count after eliminating Tom Grandy and transferring votes.Round 4
Count after eliminating Jairo Pinzon and transferring votes.Round 5
Count after eliminating Anya Abchiche and transferring votes.Round 6
Count after eliminating Piyush Poddar and transferring votes.Round 7
Count after eliminating Suchi Garg and transferring votes.Round 8
Count after eliminating Nikki Stevens and transferring votes.
Final round between Suzanne Dergacheva and Hussain Abbas.Winners
Winner is Suzanne Dergacheva.Footnote
One candidate, who wishes to remain anonymous, withdrew after voting closed. It did not alter the results.
One of OSTraining’s customers asked how to implement content voting on their site.
There are a few alpha releases of voting modules based on the Voting API.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Votingapi Widgets for Drupal 8.
It makes use of a “Rating” field, which you can customize and insert into your content.
This module provides configurable TRUE/FALSE flag for individual Commerce orders with possibility of quick bulk edit of values.Typical use cases
Client need to flag their orders with information, like for sample 'Sent to client' without need of editing all of their order item types and reediting orders manually one by one. By setting up the module, giving permissions, editing flag label, bulk actions name (for setting/unseting flag) and adding flag field to commerce_order view it can be achieved in less than 2 minutes.