Open Academy: A Higher Education Drupal Product for Departmental Websites
Open Academy is an easy to use Drupal product from Chapter Three specifically designed to create university department websites. Over the past few years, we have worked closely with the nation's leading universities - including Stanford, UC Berkeley, NYU, USC, and UCSF - to help them build great Drupal websites. We now distilling down that knowledge down and offering it as a fully functional Drupal 7 powered "Departmental Website in a Box" package. Open Academy is currently being refined in a closed alpha/beta with an initial group of users, but will be rolling out more widely this summer. If you are interested in participating in our beta process, sign-up for our beta-list and follow @chapter_three for more updates.
As a best practice departmental website, Open Academy lets you quickly and simply create a new departmental website by entering some basic information about your site in our installation wizard which sets everything up for you. For starters, we baked in critical functionality around departmental news, faculty profiles, publications and presentations, events and calendaring, courses, resources and links, video, social media, and degrees and programs.
In addition, we have built in a state of the art administration dashboard, basic SEO rules, WYSIWYG editing functionality, 508 Accessibility Compliance, and drag-and-drop page layout from the always amazing Panels module. All of this has been developed on a cleanly extendible Drupal 7 install profile with Features-based, Kit Compliant functionality and a well documented starter theme you can modify and extend to meet your particular needs.
We know that the university department is at the center of academic life and Open Academy lets an academic department get an amazing website online easily that communicates their teaching and research to the world using the power of Drupal.
Over the next few months, we will be talking more about Open Academy and highlighting the different universities already using it to build their departmental websites. If you are interested in participating in our beta or interested in helping us build even more features, get in touch with us on our beta-list and watch for our public beta release this summer!