Many colleges and universities have adopted Joomla 3 Explained as a course textbook.
Here are suggested details for a course based around Joomla and the book "Joomla 3 Explained".
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Suggested Joomla 3 Course Names
- Introduction to Joomla
- Introduction to Content Management Systems.
Suggested Joomla 3 Course Description
Covers basic content management system concepts. Students learn how to build, design and manage Joomla and how to implement it for personal and business websites.
Suggested Joomla 3 Student Learning Outcomes
- Understand what a Content Management System is and how it differs from traditional, flat websites
- Select the appropriate server environment and be able to install Joomla's files and database
- Successfully organize and present content in Joomla
- Select and integrate extra Joomla features from various sources, understanding the difference between different types of extension
- Modify the appearance and layout of Joomla websites
- Understand potential threats to CMS websites and understand how to protect and backup such websites
Suggested Joomla 3 Course Outline
Course subject matter is directly aligned with Student Learning Outcomes. The number of the corresponding SLO appears in parentheses after relevant content:
Each chapter can be considered as a unique unit:
- Unit 1 / Chapter 1: Joomla and CMSs
- Unit 2 / Chapter 2: Planning
- Unit 3 / Chapter 3: Installations
- Unit 4 / Chapter 4: Site Admin
- Unit 5 / Chapter 5: Content
- Unit 6 / Chapter 6 and 7: Content Editing and Fields
- Unit 7 / Chapter 8: Menus
- Unit 8 / Chapter 9: Components
- Unit 9 / Chapter 10: Modules
- Unit 10 / Chapter 11: Plug-ins
- Unit 11 / Chapter 12: Templates
- Unit 12 / Chapter 13: Extra Extensions
- Unit 13 / Chapter 14: Users
- Unit 14 / Chapter 15: Site Management
Suggested Joomla 3 Assessments and Grading System
- The whole book would make an ideal class project which can be graded.
- For a final class project, ask students to build a small site for the city they live in.
Suggested Joomla 3 Plan for Course Units
- For a 10 week course: Use units 1 to 14, but combine four units. For example, combine 1 and 2, then 5 and 6, 9 and 10, 13 and 14.
- For a 12 week course: Use units 1 to 14, but combine four units. For example, combine 1 and 2, then 5 and 6.
- For a 14 week course: Use the units in order from 1 to 14.
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