Fall in love with Drupal: Drupal 8 in Higher Education

February 05, 2016 - 11:35

From schools to prestigious universities; Drupal is the preferred content management system for many higher educational institutions across the world. In fact, today, almost 71 out of 100 top universities in the world including Harvard University, Stanford University, and Cambridge run on Drupal.

The increasing popularity of Drupal in education sector is mainly because Drupal provides all the necessary features and tools to meet the extensive requirements of students, faculties, administrators and communities and makes content management more efficient and precise. A powerful CMS like Drupal can be extremely advantageous while building a university website. Drupal 8, the newest version of Drupal, has even more modules and tools to satisfy the growing demands of the higher educational sector.

Here are 8 reasons why you will need Drupal 8 to revolutionize your educational institution’s online presence:

Mobile Responsive Design: Today, every college student and teacher owns a smartphone or a mobile device; with Drupal 8's mobile-friendly, responsive design, academic institutions can use Drupal in higher education to stay updated, informed, and relevant to users by delivering smoother and innovative experiences. In Drupal 8, all the built-in themes are responsive. It also has an admin theme which adjusts to different screen sizes. The tables can adopt into any screen size smoothly, and the latest admin toolbar functions well on smart devices.

Better content editing & management: Universities have to publish a lot of data and content frequently. With WYSIWYG CKEditor set in the core, editors get a lot of easy editing options. They can edit the content on any page without having to change into the full edit form.

Web Service Integration: Drupal 8 can function as a data source, and can transmit content as JSON or XML. Hypertext Application Language (HAL) is provided in Drupal 8 which makes leveraging of web service resources a simple process. Academic institutions can use these web services to deliver content to various apps.

Improved loading Speed: Drupal 8 reserves all units and only loads JavaScript when required. Once a page is viewed, it's content does not have to be reloaded again. This allows educational institutions to provide a better experience to its online users.

Multi-lingual Features: Drupal 8 has an array of multilingual features which enables in-built translations. With this feature, institutions can make their content interpretable to foreign students.

Workflow Modules: The latest workflow modules allow institutions to control and manage not only the content but also the publishing procedure. Since university websites are operated by multiple persons, managing the workflow and access is very important. There are tools available in Drupal 8 that helps you get control over the content processes.

E-learning and social media tools: Higher educational institutions encourage E-learning and interact with students through the social media. Being a content focused platform, Drupal 8 makes it an effortless process to associate your website with social sites that support online learning.

Flexibility: what works for one department in a university will not work for the other. And this is precisely the reason why colleges have multifaceted websites that serve different kinds of purposes. Drupal 8’s multi-site functionality ensures extensive tools and assets for students, faculties and others through a central repository.This multi-site capability allows greater control and ownership to each of the departments, thus considerably reducing administrative overhead from the IT office.

Do you need a Drupal 8 powered website for your School/College/Higher Ed institution?

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References:

Why Drupal is Dominating the Higher Education Sector

Resource Guide: Drupal for Educational Institutions

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