Joomla 3 Explained in Higher Education

Many colleges and universities have adopted Joomla Explained as a course textbook.

Here are suggested details for a course based around Joomla and the book "Joomla! Explained".

1. Course Names

  • Introduction to Joomla
  • Introduction to Content Management Systems.

2. 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.

3. Student Learning Outcomes 

Students will:

  1. Understand what a Content Management System is and how it differs from traditional, flat websites
  2. Select the appropriate server environment and be able to install Joomla's files and database
  3. Successfully organize and present content in Joomla
  4. Select and integrate extra Joomla features from various sources, understanding the difference between different types of extension 
  5. Modify the appearance and layout of Joomla websites
  6. Understand potential threats to CMS websites and understand how to protect and backup such websites

4. Outline of Subject Matter

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 / Chapter 1: Joomla and CMSs
  • Unit / Chapter 2: Planning
  • Unit / Chapter 3: Installations
  • Unit / Chapter 4: Site Admin
  • Unit / Chapter 5: Content
  • Unit / Chapter 6: Content Editing and WYSIWYG
  • Unit / Chapter 7: Menus
  • Unit / Chapter 8: Components
  • Unit / Chapter 9: Modules
  • Unit / Chapter 10: Plug-ins
  • Unit / Chapter 11: Templates
  • Unit / Chapter 12: Extra Extensions
  • Unit / Chapter 13: Users
  • Unit / Chapter 14: Site Management

5. 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.

6. Suggested 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.