Heather James

Manager of Learning Services
Acquia, Inc.

I've worked with Acquia for several years, creating learning content. I earned my Masters of Science focusing on learning and technology to support learning. I work with partners as well as the Learning Services team in delivering the training program across the globe.

When Dries asked at DrupalCon San Francisco: "Has Drupal changed your life?" I was one of the people who stood up. It's an amazing experience, and feel I'm participating in a larger cultural shift which shows the benefits of collaboration and working together. This gives me hope that the world is getting better.

Recent blog posts

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 08:53
In the landscape of web development, working and learning are converging. I think about this quite a bit at Acquia as we keep tuning our courses and training program. We often focus on the technical benefits of adopting Drupal. However, it occurred More...
Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 05:44
Are you based in Costa Rica? Know someone who'd like to find out about Drupal? Send them to the free "Hello Drupal" at the end of this month in Costa Rica with Anexus IT. And keep an eye on our Drupal training calendar for events in your area. Un More...
Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 - 10:12
Starting in September, I’ll be teaching a 10 week long course at Queen's University Belfast in their Open Learning Program. Register now for this course £110.00. Acquia has been working closely with colleges to deliver Free student Drupal training More...
Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 - 07:24
In a recent blog post, I introduced some of Acquia's training partners, as a follow up, I wanted to introduce the trainers. One of the things I do in my job is meet all of the new trainers who join up through our Training Partner program. I More...
Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 - 09:28
By Heather I'm going to be blogging about our training partners and their trainers this summer, because they are awesome, and I'm very proud of what they're doing. All of our training partners are really busy. For example, Doug Vann is traveling More...
Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 - 15:15
by Heather It's the Drupal t-skirt! You have a pile of Drupal t-shirts, you can knit some Drupal socks (by Emma Jane Hogbin), and now you can complete your outfit with a skirt. Today was a day off in the UK. (Yay bank holidays!) I decided to More...
Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 09:26
By Heather James Pretty much every time I run a Hello Drupal course, people want to know more about event calendars in Drupal. These two questions just came into my inbox just this morning: Q: Is it possible to have different users logging on and More...
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012 - 12:25
My colleague, Frank Maxwell, and I presented recently at the "OSForum" - open source forum day for local government in Ireland, after that we received emails from people who wanted to know more. It seemed we needed to do something to suit a bigger More...
Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 06:01
This week we'll learn about the importance of end-user training. In February, I'll write about modules you can use to customize the editor user experience in Drupal, and some news about initiatives in Drupal to improve the content administrator More...
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 04:49
New to Drupal, but you're an experienced coder? Drop the API, and step away from the command line. In one of our most popular webinars of 2011 about developing with Drupal, developer Camilla Jensen (naxoc) admitted that- even with her experience More...
Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 08:03
As a Drupal trainer, I am very interested in the results of usability testing because it often chimes with the same observations we make of new users as they learn Drupal. One finding in particular strikes a chord for those who are new to theming: " More...
Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 11:58
No naming and shaming here, but you know you've seen it. You're browsing around and see something very "drupally" about a site. Suspiciously, you view source or look at builtwith.com just to double check. What was it that you noticed? Was it some More...
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 09:24
By Heather James If you're running a business around Drupal services, giving talks and presentations is great way to highlight your own expertise and get the word out about Drupal. Preparation, however, takes time. We created "Hello Drupal" as a More...
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 13:57
By: Heather James Are you interested in learning Drupal? Are you a Drupal trainer or screencaster? We'd love to hear from you about your own learning experience and how you found your way through Drupal. Please share your feedback on the "Drupal More...
Posted on Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 11:28
By Heather James Confession: I'm not a coder, and I love code sprints. Previously, I wrote about how Awesome BoFs are, but really, the best part of DrupalCon is: The Code Sprint. And London's was a great example. Here's why: the context, the space More...
Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 17:13
By Heather James Thursday, July 21st, Jacob Singh is hosting two call-in webinars at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT with special guests from the Drupal community with backgrounds from Java to front-end development. You can listen as this panel of experienced More...
Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 11:30
Drupal is powerful, it's undeniable. What's worrying is that you can get pretty far without understanding much about web development. This poses some challenges for novice web developers. By simply installing the Acquia Dev Desktop you can More...
Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 - 12:25
Author: Heather James @learningdrupal This is the first in a series of podcasts where I'll be talking to people who have converted to using Drupal. I've chosen to name it to 'Drupal Adapter' to extend the notion of plugging into Drupal from another More...
Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 07:00
Drupal is growing! At Acquia, we're very proud of Drupal's growth, however, it does mean that companies and organizations are challenged to build their teams. We're excited that we can offer such great news to those who are anxious about finding More...
Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 11:26
Do you have a site which is 2 years old, and you’re not sure if your site is ready to upgrade? We can help. Our team will deliver a course on upgrading Drupal, the day before DrupalCon. In the day long course, you’ll get expert advice and feedback More...

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