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.
Give it a try
Xerte is free to download and install on servers or it can, if absolutely necessary, be run from a memory stick.
Alternatively, if you would like to try it before commiting to an installation you may register with Jisc TechDis for a Xerte Sandpit account.
This gives you access to a Jisc TechDis Xerte installation for three months so you can play about with different page templates. You then have another month to move anything you have created that you wish to keep. Simply complete the Xerte Sandpit registration form.