Drupal Open Learning

Drupal Open Learning: A project-based learning program

Drupal Open Learning is a project-based learning program that provides training in a wide range of areas ranging from site planning, drafting proposals, project management, information architecture, development, design, infrastructure, to Drupal workflows and community. It does this by pairing apprentices with a mentor or mentors, thus gaining exposure to real-world scenarios and connections with the local and global community. The knowledge transfer allows apprentices to become proficient, contribute back to the community, and retain the skills for gainful employment in the field of their choice.

How does this compliment related Drupal learning initiatives?

  • Open and agile - The program is open to anyone with a desire to learn and contribute.
  • Continuous and sustainable - It will do this by allowing multiple stakeholders to support development projects they care about. Allocating funds to administrators and mentors will ensure stability and a high level of training.
  • Local - The program strives to match apprentices with mentors in the same geographic area. This will enable interaction with each other, local Drupal groups, and companies who would like to provide on-site mentoring.

How will this benefit the Drupal project and economy?
First and foremost, the program will address the increasing talent shortage on multiple levels. The emphasis on local outreach will strive to identify and attract students, hobbyists, professionals in other fields, and those looking for new career skills. The continuous nature of the program will allow for increased collaboration and relationships between developers working on similar projects. With all code, documentation, and training materials freely available, there will be increased collaboration between users and stakeholders with similar goals.

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Current Initiative

Drupal Open Learning Initiative

There are many great Drupal learning resources, groups, and tools but they can be somewhat disconnected and spread out. Our goal is to unify and bring these efforts together to provide a complimentary program and platform that serves all Drupal learning initiatives needs and efforts.

Drupal Open Learning
Drupal Open Learning is a new project learning program that provides hands on training in a wide range of areas ranging from site planning, drafting proposals, project management, information architecture, development, design, infrastructure, to business and community. It does this by pairing apprentices with a mentor or mentors, thus gaining exposure to real-world scenarios and connections with the local and global community. The knowledge transfer allows apprentices to become proficient, contribute back to the community, and retain the skills for gainful employment in the field of their choice.

Drupal Dojo
The evolutionary stages of the program seeks to follow through with the Drupal Dojo 2.0 vision by building off complimentary sites and collaborating with existing teams. A collaboration with the Open Media Project will provide a unique opportunity to craft a custom program to provide development help, training, and documentation and marketing on a regional level.

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Projects and tasks

The following is a list of current and/or proposed Drupal Kata projects and tasks - this is very much a work in progress...

Site Building

Websites

  • Drupal Dojo - Create a more functional Drupal Dojo website
  • Drupal Kata - Create a platform for the Drupal Kata learning program
  • Camp and Conference site - Create a Drupal installation profile (and possibly a custom theme or two) based on the code contributed by the DrupalCampLA team.
  • Open Media Project - The primary goal of this Knight sponsored project is to leverage Drupal to give local communities more control over their public access channel.
  • Radio Engage - The primary goal of this Knight sponsored project is to create a turnkey web site for radio news organizations. This content management and publishing system will address the needs of radio news sites, such as creating and archiving audio and text, producing podcasts and playlists and streaming live audio and video.
  • Music distribution for Drupal - Create a Drupal distribution tailored to the needs of musicians, record labels, and related communities.
  • Video sharing site - Update the FilmForge distribution which is tailored to the needs of videomaking communities.

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Guidelines and documentation

These tasks generally pertain to the creation and management of the Drupal learning programs:

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