Mentored Drupal Video Training at ASU

Mar 10, 2012 9:00:00 AM Matt
Drupal Training Camp at Arizona State University

Come and Learn Drupal at Your Own Pace, Mentored by Local Drupal Experts.

We’ll even provide lunch so you can keep on networking and learning.

Unlike traditional workshops, instead of spending the full day in lectures, each student will work at their own pace through a set of comprehensive, focused training videos covering one or more of three broad areas of Drupal skill sets: Site Building, Module Development and Theming. Experienced mentors will be available to help students answer questions on a one-on-one basis, work through sticky spots, or demonstrate additional examples to help clarify difficult concepts. By using video training instead of a live lecture model, students will be able to work at their own speed, pausing where they need to, replaying material they didn't get the first time around, and skipping material they're already familiar with. And instead of lecturing, the trainers will be free 100% of the time to help individuals through tricky spots or point them in the right direction.

If you've ever zoned out during a lecture and found yourself a little lost, or been frustrated that the short time available for questions gets taken up with discussion you're not interested in, this is the perfect environment for you. You can take breaks when you need, tackle exactly what you need to learn (or we'll help you figure out what that is) and get a lot of personal expert advice along the way.

When you arrive, we will get you oriented to the course material and give you a custom curriculum focused at your particular skill level, tackling the subjects you need to cover. We will be leveraging a set of communication tools to allow students to form small groups around a specific topic if they'd like to work with others, and allow us to address as many issues and questions as possible throughout the workshop day.

All levels of experience with Drupal will come out of this workshop having made a huge step up the Drupal learning curve, guaranteed. Students will get a full week of access to all the training videos so that they can continue to review and expand their knowledge following the training.

As an added bonus, lunch will be provided, so if you want, you can spend even more time working on Drupal or networking with your classmates. It's just one less thing to worry about.

For Those New to Drupal

We will provide a tested curriculum where you will build a Drupal 7 site from scratch (no code required), learning some of the most important concepts and techniques around Drupal site-building throughout the process.

What You Need to Participate

First and foremost, you will need a laptop and a set of comfortable earbuds or headphones. If you're easily distracted by noise, you might want a set that blocks out some sound, just in case there is a bit of discussion around you. Keep in mind that you will be watching sets of videos, and then applying what you learn throughout the day. You can also bring an iPad or tablet device to play the videos on while you follow along on your laptop.

Having a vanilla Drupal 7 installation without any modifications ready will help you get started as quickly as possible. You can use the Acquia stack, or Bitnami in order to quickly set up a Drupal site like a desktop application (see here for a Windows tutorial or here for one for Mac). Or, feel free to come with another stack you prefer. If you don't know what a stack is, don't worry about it, we'll help you out.

Event Location

This training will be held at the Arizona State University Tempe campus in the Lattie F. Coor Hall, room COOR 120. We have a map of Coor Hall and the surrounding buildings and one of the location of room 120 within the building. If you are driving to the event, you may park in Lot 16 (shown on the map) on Saturday for free. The registration table will be in the breezeway, which is also where lunch will be served.

Training Day Schedule

9:30 Sign-in and Registration
10:00 Introduction and Overview
10:30 Training Session 1
11:45 Q & A
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Training Session 2
2:30 Break
2:45 Training Session 3
3:30 Q & A
3:45 Wrap Up
4:00 End

Your Mentors

Russell Keppner

Russell has been a Drupal devotee for the past four-and-a-half years, and is a co-organizer of the Phoenix Drupal Users Group (PHXDUG) and the lead Drupal developer at Ashday Interactive. He helped organize the DrupalCamp Phoenix events in 2010 and 2011, and has given presentations on Drupal at both DrupalCamp Phoenix and Desert Code Camp.

Gary Fenn

Gary Fenn is founder and owner of Reliable Internet Solutions a Drupal shop located in Tempe, AZ. Reliable Internet solutions has been working with Drupal since early 2007 and has built Drupal sites for Centrylink, AAA, Stryker, and Zeltiq. Gary chose to work with Drupal because of its flexibility and the community surrounding it. He has a great passion for everything Drupal and wants to spread the love.

Kathy Marks

Kathy is a front-end web developer specializing in Drupal, usability, web standards, and accessibility. She develops web sites and application interfaces for Arizona State University, as well as tools for use by the ASU web development community. A proponent of open source and a Drupal evangelist, she helped found the ASU Drupal Users Group and the ASU Web Community and has initiated many training and support resources for ASU developers. As a member of the ASU Accessibility subcommittee, she helped establish accessibility guidelines for the ASU web and continues to advocate for accessibility, usability and standards on the internet.

John Nguyen

John is a Drupal developer at Arizona State University who specializes in front-end web development. He has been building websites for over a decade and has been using Drupal since 2008. Before his time at ASU, John also worked as a graphic designer and as an instructor of internet technologies.

Our Sponsors for This Training

The low cost for this training day is made possible thanks to the sponsorship of these organizations: ASU, Reliable Internet Solutions, BuildAModule.com and Ashday Interactive.