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Xerte

What is it?

Xerte Online Toolkit (XOT) is designed to help people build online learning activities. It is free, open source and has been developed by the University of Nottingham. One particular advantage of Xerte is that it has a focus on accessibility which allows users to easily change text colour and font, keyboard access and text to speech.

What can I do with it?

Xerte can be used to make a range of learning activities. For example, it is easy to develop multimedia-rich quizzes. It is also useful for collaborative learning and for students to create their own content.

Examples

  • A long list of examples is provided by Ron Mitchell, E-learning and M-Learning consultant.

How?

Peter Leffek in ITS provides advice and training in Xerte at Birkbeck.

Three considerations:

  • What are you trying to achieve? Xerte is interactive - is this what you need?
  • How much time do you want students to spend? Probably want a maximum of 30 minutes.
  • Do you want to use multimedia? Photos (.jpg)? Sound (mp3 - need to be very good quality)? Video (.mp4)?

The University of Nottingham has a Xerte object demonstrating 
examples of the different question types.

Putting your Xerte learning object into Moodle

Your Xerte learning object (LO) should be placed in Moodle as a URL. To obtain the URL of your learning object, first make sure that it is public rather than private (choose properties then access). Then, with the name of your LO selected, click on the publish button. The URL will appear in the project panel of the project properties dialogue box. Copy this URL, then login to your Moodle course and, in the add a resource menu, select URL, and then paste the URL of your learning object into the external URL textbox.

Further Notes

  • It’s good practice to have an introduction page where you tell students what is about to happen – this is what they will learn etc.
  • Create a new folder for each learning object.
  • For some generic images, the College has its own Flickr account.