Cost: Free (Open Source), though requires space on a server to install to and the technical ability to maintain this.
Availability: Accessed via a web browser. Individual learning objects can be embedded into other web pages and services such as a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), ePortfolio, blog or wiki.
What is it?
The Xerte Project provides a full suite of open source tools for eLearning developers and content authors producing interactive learning materials.
Xerte is a fully-featured e-learning development environment for creating rich interactivity. Xerte is aimed at developers of interactive content who will create sophisticated content with some scripting, and Xerte can be used to extend the capabilities of Xerte Online Toolkits with new tools for content authors.
How does it work?
Xerte runs from a server installed service. Xerte has a range of tools which allows a content author to create engaging interactive learning objects that can then be shared either directly with others or via other systems such as a VLE, blog or wiki through embedding into web pages.
A Xerte learning object can contain text, images, video, quizzes and other embed media to create a rich and engaging learning resource.
What are the implications for teaching, learning and assessment?
Xerte provides a content developer with a platform to both develop and deliver a wide range of learning resources. For organisations which have a VLE platform with restrictive licensing agreements preventing them from granting content access to individuals not either a member of staff or student body (e.g. pre-enrolment content for prospective students) Xerte is an idea way to deliver interactive content via a blog or website.
Students could also use Xerte to create content themselves as part of a presentation, collaborative project or alternative assessment submission.
Other links and Resources
- https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/xerte/index.aspx (original project page)
- http://accessiblepractice.org/v/xerte/play_831 (example)