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Acquia Debuts Certification Program & Expands Learning Services [March 21, 2014]

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By Kaya Ismail

Acquia, the renowned Drupal software & solutions specialists, today announced the introduction of the Acquia Certification Program, along with an expansion of its Learning Services.

Acquia offers developer tools, cloud solutions and global expertise to more than 4,000 companies and brands including Twitter, Mercedes Benz, Warner Music Group, and Stanford University.

These newly enhanced training and learning services follow up quite quickly from the launch of Acquia Lift just last month.

Accessible Certification Exams

Acquia are offering up the industry's first professional assessment and credentialing program to recognize Drupal and Acquia expertise.

Employing systematic, objective assessments to validate the skills of developers and users, the program helps organizations effectively assess their team, plan their development projects, and support their organization's career and professional development initiatives in a flexible and scalable way.

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Acquia Debuts Certification Program, Expands Learning Services [March 20, 2014]

Unveils Industry’s First Certification Program for Drupal and Acquia Solutions, Helps Organizations Validate Skills and Foster Continuous Improvement

Drupal history, learning, business, & D8 - Meet Alan Burke

I got the chance to catch up with Alan Burke at DrupalCon Prague. He and I go back a long way; we met at one of the first Drupal events I ever attended, DrupalCon Brussels in 2006. In the meantime Alan and his co-founder Stella Power have built up the successful Drupal agency Annertech in Ireland and they have an impressive list of contributions to Drupal to their names. Here, we speak about Drupal's technical history over the last 8 years and the exciting improvements coming in Drupal 8, the business climate for Drupal in recession-plagued Ireland, and the Drupal community's culture of teaching, learning, and sharing.

Questions from Drupal for Project Managers - Part 2

Today we held part 2 of our Drupal for Project Managers mini-course. Here are the questions Jakub addressed in our interview today. If you missed the session you will be able to watch the recording (recording link coming soon!). Ask your questions below in the comments.

Don't forget to sign up for next week - June 12 - Part 3: Launching with Amye Scavarda.

Questions from Drupal for Project Managers - Part 1

Today we held part 1 of our Drupal for Project Managers mini-course. Here are the questions Adam addressed in our interview today. If you missed the session you will be able to watch the recording (recording link coming soon!). Ask your questions below in the comments.

Don't forget to Sign up for June 5 - Part 2: Implementation. with Jakub Suchy.

Top Eleven Reasons to go to DrupalCon Munich

DrupalCon Munich, "Open up! Connecting Systems and People."

You still haven’t gotten your ticket to one of the largest web-developer conferences in Europe this year? It's going to be so amazing, I've got eleven reasons you should want to be there!

Register today! Early Bird pricing ends June 15th, 2012!

Eleven good reasons to be at DrupalCon Munich:

Acquia Drupal Courses in Boston

As one of the first things I'm doing as the new Director of Learning Services at Acquia, I'm proud to announce some (close to) FREE Drupal courses in Boston!

We'll will be holding two 2-day workshops in Boston (still nailing down exact location - check back for an update on that front).

Drupal Training - Theming & Module Development in DC

You’re invited to join Acquia and Chapter3 for one of our upcoming Drupal Theming and/or Drupal Modules training in Los Angeles. These trainings were designed to help Drupal users to learn best practices and practical skills from top Drupal experts in the industry. Attendees will participate in a combination of hands-on and practical exercises where they will develop the skills to build effective websites with Drupal.

Register

Visit Carahsoft to register

Volunteers for a more visual Drupal

Would you like to help make Drupal documentation more visual? Communicating Drupal visually will be a chance to create some good contributions to Drupal.org and the community.

We need a few good people on the day of DrupalCon in Copenhagen to help organize a fun workshop. My co-presenter, Stella Power, had an argument with gravity, and lost! Wish her a get well when you see her :)

The presentation is in two weeks, Wednesday 25. August 2010, Time: 10:00-10:50

You will help us:

  • Plot, plan and prep at a short meeting the day before the event
  • Greet people as they arrive and hand out stickers to help folks self-categorize
  • Encourage people to take visual notes during the presentation
  • Help organize the mixed groups & distribute materials
  • Collect outcomes after the event
  • Process and interpret visual works into a reusable format
  • Promote the outcomes to the community

We have a great chance at DrupalCon to locate pain points turn them into learning opportunities.

With your help, we can help make some great resources for the Drupal community.

Contact me, if you can help! Contact me via
http://heather.drupalgardens.com/contact or @hjames on Twitter or below.

Image (cc) Color Pencils by scui3asteveo

Problem with the Drupal learning curve

kids playing Twister
What's so wrong with saying "Drupal has a steep learning curve?" Well, it's not the most helpful analogy. And it's one of my pet peeves. I agree, it is a myth. Yes it is.
We have to keep in mind that the curve is not the path, and the initial sensation of difficulty comes from getting one's habits unstuck. Using this tired analogy perpetuates a misunderstanding about Drupal. Instead, I'd like to talk about opening doors, welcome mats, and crossing the threshold. Once you've made it through, you'll see a big difference.
Why?
Because we all want to make Drupal better, and a little bit of knowledge is dangerous. The most egregious errors are made not by people new to web development, but from experienced programmers who sneak into Drupal from a side window and re-write entire parts of Drupal on top of it. These are amazing feats of mis-understanding we see in our Client Advisory Team... and it comes from not understanding the fundamental threshold concepts of Drupal.
Drupal is peculiar- and when you get to know it, it makes a lot of sense. New Drupal users need to get familiar with what are referred to as threshold concepts, to lessen that initial sensation of disorientation. Good trainers can scaffold the learning experience, to bring learners through this process, and teach essential best practices.
At our first Drupal training with our partners, Dataflow in Belgium, Wim Mostrey, the instructor, reported that participants were so surprised "Drupal was easy"! They kept on looking for the complicated way to do things. This is where scaffolding comes in.

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