Break the webmaster bottleneck by empowering instructors and staff
Enable instructors and staff to represent courses using Plone's built-in content types—news items, collections, and events—without writing a single line of code
Embed sound and video into your course materials, news feeds, or anywhere on your Plone site
Written by Erik Rose—member of the Plone 4 and 5 Framework Teams
Expert guidance on using the best plug-ins so that you can get the best out of your site right from the beginning
Plone enables your faculty and staff to manage their own web sites, but some assembly is still required. How do you represent courses online? What about assignment schedules, lecture podcasts, and collaborative spaces? That's where this book comes in—it takes the burden of routine updates off your web team by harnessing the world's most advanced free content management system.
This is the school web team's missing manual. Through step-by-step examples covering 11 common educational use cases, you'll learn how to take the box of parts provided by Plone, combine them with best-of-breed third-party plug-ins, and turn out a dynamic web environment that will be a joy to use for faculty, enhance staff productivity, and engage the student body.
Plone is powerful but complex. Its ease of use for end users belies a wealth of under-the-hood features and third-party add-ons that are time-consuming for back-end web teams to sort through. The book guides you on proven paths through the forest of potential that you encounter during design and deployment, starting you with reasonable choices for each of 11 common education-domain use cases. Each one enumerates the value it brings to your site and guides you step-by-step through an implementation suitable for the vast majority of cases, meaning you can spend your time addressing the unique needs of your institution—not reinventing the wheel.