How to power up Drupal for study groups
Drupal has great opportunities for online and group studies. Join me in this journey to learn how to power up Drupal for your learning environment.
I was not a big fan of getting together with friends to study during my college years. We used to end up munching some snacks, gossiping, and talking about the latest song released by our favorite band. We did everything but study. Not to mention the time wasted making up our minds about where and where we meet, etc.
How I wish I could live as a student in this era! The Internet has made college life so much more manageable. A couple of clicks and voilá, students can get together with their study group in seconds. It’s obvious they can still munch some snacks and chit-chat a little bit, but I'm 100% sure that they will be more focused.
Drupal helps study groups to be solid
Allow me to explain. Drupal is a Content Management System (CMS). It is flexible and works with modules you can mount, to deliver a robust and outstanding digital platform for your university. It is fully scalable and tailored to your needs. Drupal is open source, which means it is freely available, distributed, and modified to suit your requirements.
I talked about modules. In the same way you've added modules to transform your regular Drupal into a superb eCommerce platform, you can add modules to transform Drupal into a Learning Management System (LMS). An LMS is basically a collection of content websites that enhance and enable communication and teaching between teachers and students or just among students. With the help of videos, tracking classes, video conferences, roles, and calendars, LMSes offer a wide range of possibilities to improve the life of the students. A good LMS can even help keep track of the students' performance through machine learning and suggest courses that learners may take to complete their education.
Which LMS is better for my university?
I've been asked that question many times, and my answer is always the same. Do you know what you need? Since everything can be tweaked to your preferences, you have a diverse menu to serve from.
Let me introduce you to some Learning Management Systems.
- Opigno: is a stable and flexible tool. It is compatible with all Drupal modules and offers thousands of additional extensions. It is considered one of the best options to come in contact with eLearning.
- Wrupal: is flexible and versatile. Helps you create virtual classrooms, individual and group training, student performance statistics, webinars, content uploading, and market-available courses.
- Open LMS: it provides various kinds of content such as written study material, video lectures, and documents used as course material for students/users. Also, it provides tests and quizzes, and you can make groups, so the same students get those tests or material to study from. It also has a calendar function to set important deadlines.
There are even more LMS like Adrenna, OpenEDU, Open Academy, Open Scholar, and Course Module, to name a few. I just focused on some to avoid overwhelming you with endless possibilities. However, feel free to ask us about any of them.
I already have some other LMS! Can I use it?
Of course. As we said, we can adapt any LMS to our favorite CMS, Drupal. Moodle, Canvas, Effectus. Any LMS is adaptable.
As you can see, I'm a big fan of Drupal. I only found one con (but fear not, we have the solution!). It is not ready out-of-the-box, and the learning curve is a bit harsh, meaning you would need to hire a software factory. Especially if it is one that excels in Drupal development and all of its zillions of modules or can make new ones just for your educational institution.
At Awkbit, we firmly believe in open-source software to make everyone's life easier. We know how to bring your educational institution to a higher level. We want to provide the best benefits in a hassle-free environment for your students and staff. Let's discuss the advantages while sharing a cup of cookies. Tell them the cookies are on me - as usual!
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