Higher Education

We create sites for universities and mission driven orgs, but we still love to get in on the ground floor with exploratory ventures. It’s in this spirit that we’re excited to announce our work with a University of California at Berkeley (UCB)-related civic software project called AppCivist, which leverages expertise from senior design, UX and development team members Rob Loach and Thiago de Mello Bueno. The new app seeks to help citizens dig into local issues that affect them, and then propose and collaborate on solutions.

This year we were happy to have six team members offering sessions at the Bay Area Drupal Camp in Berkeley, California. From topics ranging from the business of running an agency to actually making the Internet, we had a ton to share. Click to see videos of all of our sessions.

What We Learned in September

Shannon O'Malley

When You're Always Learning...

... you can become the fast-moving, shiny super-species of yourself. You will also become more interesting to talk with at parties. At Kalamuna we like to learn, and since it’s officially “Back to School” month around the U.S., I figured I’d query our brood to see what’s on everyone’s minds this month. Read on to find out what we learned in the past 30 days.

3 Web Accessibility Tips for Great UX

Crispin Bailey

If you want to provide a great user experience for everyone who visits your website, it has to be accessible. By ensuring a site is accessible you also make it easy to use, regardless of one’s physical or mental capabilities. But as anyone who’s had to design or build a website that complies with WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines (the common standard for web accessibility) will tell you, it isn’t always easy, and sometimes the problems aren’t obvious. Over the years I’ve noticed a few accessibility issues that keep popping up, so I thought I would share a few of them here so you can catch these common pitfalls on your own projects. 

Make Your University Websites Accessible

Shannon O'Malley

I’ve learned a ton about web accessibility through our work with universities — more relating to the macro variables surrounding the topic and less about code (I am a content strategist) — and if I were a university web manager, content editor or creator, I’d sure want to know this stuff. (For the uninitiated, “web accessibility” refers to enabling equal access to online content and services for all people, including those with visual and mobility impairment.) So here’s my quick overview of things folks in higher ed IT might want to know about web accessibility.

As a professional at a higher education institution, how can you find Drupal resources on campus and use them to super-power your website? Familiarity with these people can make  the difference between a successful and a failed project. In this post I outline a few easy ways to start finding what you need to use Drupal at your university.

Drupal 8 is here. Almost. As a marketing or IT leader at your university you’ve got enough to worry about. Let’s hold hands.

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