Over the past couple of days I have attended The Xerte Project Annual General Meeting at Nottingham University. It was an occasion for me to not only meet the community of people who continually develop the tool but also see some of the exciting new features and learn more about the code.
The day begun with welcomes, introductions and overviews and it was clear to see that the choice to go open source for this project was the correct one. The community has been establish and is growing.
Learning is not just about reading or memorising, the ability to revise is acting as a teacher for yourself. Using Xerte Online Toolkits for the learning and revision process can support distance learning, use in classroom and lectures. Too many words doesn’t help, long titles won’t fit and aesthetically long text can look untidy and doesn’t produce great learning experiences.
Personally I like the text narration that plays a long with a video. Rather than text overlaying the video, this can meet accessibility needs with the text-to-speech option. Narrated screencasts would be good for this.
Xerte Online Toolkits has enhanced accessibility, interactivity and collaborative features but also utilises instant feedback. Within Xerte Online Toolkits you can use text, audio, video and images. All bundled up in one package they are shareable, editable and easy to update.
Working inline with Learner with Learning Difficulties or Disabilities (LLDD), in Xerte Online Toolkits learners can change the colour, the size, screen size and use facilities such as text to speech.