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Doane College

Award Category 
Drupal Version 
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Brief Overview 

Doane had a vision of creating a better online experience for key stakeholders. They wanted to improve the site's content administration for marketing and admissions departments, increase enrolment across campuses and expand their geographic reach.

ImageX helped bring that vision to life.

The new Doane site is a seamless user experience. The responsive design ensures prospective and existing students have access to the content they need on any device. From an administrative perspective, the development of fully automated and dynamic content creation features allow for faculty across departments to intelligently deploy their unique content strategies.

Launch or Publication Date 
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Key Modules, Theme, and Distribution Used 
Omega, Context, BEAN, Views, and Media
Why these Modules, Theme, and Distribution were Chosen 

Omega is the most widely used responsive framework in Drupal 7. Omega allowed the developers to create a responsive theme that functions across platforms.

Context was used to control sections of the menu and placement of blocks into regions.

BEAN offered configuration and control over block creation for content authors. Custom bean types were created for news and events where content authors could choose topics and control display items.

Views was used to rapidly create lists of content. Views is so essential it will be included in core for Drupal 8.

Media + Media Browser Plus + Media Responsive + Media Crop + Media Youtube + Media Vimeo

All of the above Media modules allow for a rich content creation experience. Content authors have a browsable library of resources with accessible thumbnails that make it easy to organize and embed images and video inline with corresponding copy.

The Media Responsive and Cropping modules allowed for support for responsive design.

Owner's Name 
Doane College
Development Company 
We are a people powered company. What started in 2001 as a full-service media company is now a leading, open-source design and development agency with an accomplished team of in-house web and mobile developers, user experience designers, project managers and business analysts. We deliver strategy, design, development, and support to higher ed, non-profit and tech companies who share our enthusiasm for building a smarter web. Since 2006 we've helped spread the Drupal word through sponsorships, presentations and contributions. Through our experience in higher ed, we've built and contributed OpenEDU—a flexible, modular framework that accelerates the development of higher ed websites.
Why Drupal Was Chosen 
Drupal is the leading open source CMS choice for educational institutions. The client requested we use Drupal.
Describe the Project (Goals, Requirements, and Outcome) 

To improve the college site and content administration for the marketing and admissions departments, we developed a unique set of features using OpenEDU. This framework helped with automated and dynamic content creation.

Through a restructured navigation and the implementation of a new, user-centric Information Architecture (IA), Doane was able to actualize their goal to meet students’ needs and increase enrollment. Our newly restructured IA makes the application process easier for prospective students. With a fully responsive design, students are able to access application information regardless of location and device.

Robust backend features, 3rd party software integration and automated content migration have allowed Doane to approach their content strategy while keeping in mind their “One Doane” campaign. This helps faculty, staff and students see Doane’s three campuses as a unified college with a common mission.

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