What is it and why does it matter?

Xerte Online Toolkit (XOT) is a free open source tool developed by the University of Nottingham that allows people to easily create accessible, rich online learning objects. Xerte has a range of built-in accessibility benefits such as colour and font change, keyboard access and text to speech.

Xerte can be used to support:

  • distance learning.
  • collaborative creation and sharing of subject content.
  • active classroom/lecture contexts, especially with interactive whiteboards.
  • learners in being active content creators.

Example Xerte Learning Objects

Have a look at this basic Xerte Learning Object which explains the accessibility features and benefits.

There are a number of different page templates available and Xerte learning objects can be highly media rich as in this example on Cameroon.

Xerte is free to download and install on servers or it can, if absolutely necessary, be run from a memory stick.

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