The Beginning of the Drupal 6 Course

Monday was the first day of our Drupal Course, organised by Studio XX and given by myself. The first class is always a big question mark, since there are always surprises. This time, there was the uncertainty about the level of knowledge on Drupal by the participants, the language (English or French), the expectations. It is a question mark because it takes the first course to see the speed of learning of the participants and the time it takes for solving technical problems. This way, you know how to program the next sessions.

So, just a couple of details:

  • the course is having this fancy nameDynamic Website Conception with Drupal 6, and is taking place at Studio XX lab.
  • it will continue for three months, but is not more than 30 hours in total (3hrs per week for 10 weeks)
  • there are 11 female students, most of which visual artists by profession.
  • starting from next Monday (this one was mainly introductory course), we will be installing Drupal and each of the participants will be building her own website with Drupal.

In the overall, the group is going with a good speed, the Drupal knowledge of the participants is almost the same level, and also all speak English, which helps out a lot (in other courses there has been one that does not understand English, and another one that does not understand French - which slows down the speed in double!). And actually, people are brilliant: I will be learning as much as them in this course. Only the scope of learning will be different.

Summary of course 1 (for the absent ones and for the curious ones).

In this first course, we got to know each other, and to equalise our knowledge on terminology and principles such as: how websites work, world wide web, static vs dynamic content, content management systems. Short introduction to Web Development (from needs to analysis and to production), and to different types of CMS. Comparison, terms, names. Drupal and community. Advantages and disadvantages. Administrative interface and examples. Free and Open Source Software.

Students also had a homework: to draw their needs for a personal website. They will need to draw their website on a paper - including structure, basic design (colours), and to think for the content. They also need to find 1 or 2 examples of websites which they like and are quite similar to what they want to create.

Handouts and slides coming soon in the HowTo FOSS section on ludost.