Education

We have a long history working with schools and universities, and our experience gives us unique insight into the specific opportunities and demands of working with educational institutions, from challenging budget cycles to complex relationships between departments, schools, and stakeholders. We build sites that work for your diverse audiences of staff, students, parents, and alumni, with back ends that allow even your most non-technical administrators to easily manage content. Our rigorous attention to accessibility, security, and privacy keep your site and your community safe, and our agile process keeps your stakeholders up to date on our progress while allowing us to adapt to any issues that arise. Take a closer look at our work in education

Rutgers University – Newark — ongoing support

We provide ongoing support for Rutgers-Newark for tasks ranging from bug-fixes to regular security updates on their Drupal site. We've also done a few rounds of major improvements to upgrade the site's responsive layout and web accessibility efforts.
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Rutgers University – Newark — ongoing support

https://www.newark.rutgers.edu

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Screenshot of the Rutgers-Newark small-screen homepageWe provide ongoing support for Rutgers-Newark for tasks ranging from bug-fixes to regular security updates on their Drupal site. We've also done a few rounds of major improvements: most notably converting the site from a static/fixed width site to a responsive one, along with making the site more accessible for all users.

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Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences

The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the center of a world-class liberal arts education at Stanford University, and they tasked us with a large scale Drupal 8 project using the build methodology that we've honed over the years.
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Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences

https://humsci.stanford.edu

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The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the center of a world-class liberal arts education at Stanford University and came to us for a full redesign.

H&S encompasses 23 departments and 24 interdisciplinary programs (IDPs). As the university’s largest school, H&S serves as the foundation of a Stanford undergraduate education no matter which discipline students pursue as a major. All undergraduates take a range of courses in H&S that challenge them to think critically about the world and their roles in it.

 

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Stanford's major strategic goal was to create a strong web presence with an accessible and modern redesign that inspires the many audiences about the school’s mission, priorities, and work as well as provides clear information for students, donors, staff, and other stakeholders about the school’s departments, IDPs, and initiatives.

After our initial conversations, H&S was confident in our ability to handle a large scale Drupal 8 project, and they responded well to the build methodology that we've honed over the years. Our partner, Wire Media, worked together with a core team on Stanford's staff to crystalize their vision and bring it to life through a in-depth redesign process.

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Education USA

Education USA's accessible, responsive site promotes US higher education to students around the world. Ed professionals, foreign institutions, and governments can share financial aid opportunities and campus news, and staff can share resources from their hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries.
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Education USA

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We developed a responsive, accessible Drupal 7 site to promote US higher education to students around the world. The site allows higher ed professionals and foreign institutions or governments to share financial aid opportunities and campus news stories, and it allows EducationUSA staff to share events and resources from their hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries.

 

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American Federation of Teachers

AFT needed a site that would better engage and mobilize their members to take action on issues they care about. We built them beautiful new site with complex functionality and simple administration.
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American Federation of Teachers

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AFT came to us looking for a site that would better reflect their personality and commitment to education and better engage and mobilize their members to take action on issues they care about. We lead them through an extensive discovery and planning process to surface their messaging, design direction, high level goals, and granular, technical objectives, then built their beautiful new site with complex functionality and simple administration.

 

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Their new site features improved versions of the most popular parts of their old site, like a better resource center on member benefits, a better search to find locals, and a refined system for sharing articles from their publications.

We also added new functionality, like more social media integration, more dynamic content, better content deployment and moderation workflows, and news and RSS feeds. We also implemented a cleaner homepage and more prominent images, and we integrated Salsa for their newsletter and campaign pages.

 

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The new AFT.org reflects their diverse membership and solutions-oriented focus, improving the best of their old site and adding much needed new design and features.

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Rutgers – Newark

Rutgers-Newark is one of the nation’s most distinguished public research universities. When they needed a new website developed on the Drupal open-source platform, they hired Advomatic, one of the nation's most respected Drupal firms.
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Rutgers – Newark

http://www.newark.rutgers.edu

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Rutgers-Newark, founded in 1950 and based in Newark, NJ, is one of three regional campuses of Rutgers University. It is one of the nation’s most distinguished public research universities and consists of seven degree-granting schools that offer undergraduate and undergraduate programs for over 12,000 students. 

In 2011, Rutgers-Newark asked Advomatic to work on strategy, redesign, and development for their dated web presence with a brand new Drupal 7 site.

Rutgers-Newark's needs included advanced content management, third-party integrations, department-specific minisites, search capabilities, and a mobile version of their site. Rutgers-Newark also needed to limit access to various function across their staff, which could be handled by Drupal's extensive roles & permissions system.

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AFT Mobile Toolkit

We created a mobile app to help the AFT collect information about its members on the go.
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AFT Mobile Toolkit

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AFT union organizers have conversations and conduct surveys in the field to gauge engagement and needs in the union as a whole and in specific initiatives. Historically, they had been collecting this information in the field, then entering it on a desktop computer once they got back to the office.

They came to us to simplify this process, wanting to collect the right kind of information, in real time. We created a mobile-optimized web app that allows them to view and submit information directly from the field.

 

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Some highlights:

  • Since the app is almost entirely used on mobile, speed was a huge factor. We trimmed the fat on all levels of the app, ensuring it would load quickly even over slow connections.
  • We built the app to be extensible, so whenever necessary, they can adjust what information the app displays, make edits, and send it back to homebase.
  • We designed a simple, clean user interface for easy in-the-field usage even on small phones.
  • We co-designed a reusable API that provides the tools necessary for communicating with their databases. This API can be used not only by the Mobile Toolkit, but also by any other future projects that need a simple path of communication.
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The Jewish Education Project

The Jewish Education project came to Advomatic when their Drupal 6 site was ready for an upgrade to Drupal 8.
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The Jewish Education Project

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"The Jewish Education Project empowers educators and communal leaders with the tools they need to help young people and their families thrive individually and collectively as Jews and global citizens."

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The Jewish Education project came to Advomatic when their Drupal 6 site was ready for an upgrade to Drupal 8.

Content on the site is grouped around the Jewish Education Project's fundamental work areas, and many content types needed fairly complex relationships to other content types (for example, a resource can relate to a work area, and/or events, and/or networks). We made use of Drupal 8's Views module to create dynamic listings all over the site.

 

 

The site runs on the Lightning distribution, which allowed us to efficiently enhance Drupal core's media handling and editor experience, and we've implemented additional features on top of that to further customize the admin user interface, particularly around with WYSIWYG editor.

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As it was one of Advomatic's first big Drupal 8 builds, we were excited to make use of Pattern Lab (by way of Pattern Lab Starter) for prototyping components on the front end before even getting to Drupal. This streamlined the build process, helping to keep the front and back ends neatly separated. 

Requirements Delivered

  • Technical Architecture
  • Technical Project Management
  • Drupal Development
  • Front-end Development
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AFT Stateweb

The American Federation of Teachers, representing 1.5 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, came to Advomatic when it was time to move Stateweb to Drupal for a more powerful and flexible platform.
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AFT Stateweb

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REQUIREMENTS DELIVERED:
  • Affiliates can spin-off their own local sites and select a visual design from a set of six pre-defined templates customizable with their logo
  • Integrate with online tools like the Salsa CRM, Flickr, Twitter and Facebook
  • Customizable content syndication from AFT's national and state-level staff
  • Multiple points of integration with the AFT’s staff and member databases are required for user authentication, displaying members-only content and contact information
  • Migrated over 877 individual websites from the old Stateweb platform to the new one, including over 40,000 content items
  • New templates provide a more modern look and more flexible design options
  • Content publishing tools are improved including enhanced image handling
  • Daily website management tasks are streamlined to save staff time
  • Authentication via membership database

 

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