I am working with a distributed team of academics and top industry professionals to rebuild the Lethbridge College web presence and multi-user portal using open source solutions. We are designing and developing for a custom, device agnostic, mobile first, Drupal 8 experience. Lethbridge College, was opened in 1957 as the first public community college in Canada.
Feature image: Students in an outdoor classroom. Lethbridge College, Picassa.
Over the past year I have been working with McGill University to improve their web user experience. This top-ranking Canadian institution is based in Montreal, Quebec, and recruits from all over the globe. Outreach events and interactive mapping play a big role in their effective device-agnostic, digital user experience.
I am very excited to be traveling to Ireland this year for Drupalcon Dublin potentially to give my talk “Drupal and the College Classroom”. Drupal is a widely popular, scalable, and competent (if used properly), — not to mention secure — open source content management system for building great web applications of all kinds. I’ve been working with industry and organizations over the past few years creating specifically with Drupal. Recently I took the Acquia Certified Developers test and I am now a Acquia Certified Drupal Developer. The opportunities with open source web content management systems are endless. Go mbeannaí Dia duit (May God bless you.)
I am very happy to have made a small contribution to a very large publication. The 4th Edition of Web Style Guide, Foundations of User Experience Design (Yale University Press, Patrick J. Lynch, Sarah Horton, and Ethan Marcotte) is a necessary part of learning proper design in this field of Web Development. ‘This new revised edition confirms Web Style Guide as the go-to authority in a rapidly changing market’ (Yale University Press).
“With this new edition, the authors update the book to include important changes in the field of web building. This book will appeal to the professional web builder, the instructor, the scholar, and, of course, the student.”—Greg O’Toole, author of Sustainable Web Ecosystem Design
As a faculty member in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University, I teach many courses related to building with web technology. I focus on leading languages, software and methods that scale up to the demands of the assembled web that users expect across any number of mobile devices and platforms. In the contemporary world, every environment is a web environment and users expect a beautiful and personal experience.
I also use these technologies in National Science Foundation funded research projects across different Penn Sate institutes and colleges working to discover and implement new ways to augment scientific collaboration, development, and teaching across the planet.