Learning Technology

Introducing the Xenith Project!

1 March 12th, 2012 at 02:03

Learning Technology have just won Rapid Innovation funding from JISC for the Xenith Project.

Xerte Online Toolkits is in widespread use by teaching staff around the world to create interactive learning materials. The Xenith Project will develop the functionality for Xerte Online Toolkits to deliver content as HTML5. There is an increasing need for Xerte Online Toolkits to accommodate a wider range of delivery devices and platforms: iOS is a significant platform in any delivery strategy that will not support the Flash Player.

The project has four elements:

  • the development of a highly usable, highly accessible interface for navigating content on a variety of devices and platforms;
  • the development of an extensible framework for templates, allowing new templates to easily be added to the system by developers, extending the functionality;
  • the provision of a wide range of templates supporting different types of media and interactivity.
  • input to the JLeRN Experiment.

This project proposes the development of an HTML5 ‘player’ for content authored using Xerte Online Toolkits. This will allow content to be developed for delivery to a much wider range of devices than at present. The new HTML5 runtime will be available alongside the existing Flash-based runtime.

Xerte Online Toolkits is well established in the OER community, and is in use in hundreds of institutions in the UK and around the world. Consequently the impact of the project will be significant. The Xerte Project has strong accessibility credentials, and JISC TechDIS will work with us through this project to develop a new HTML5-based highly accessible interface for navigating the content, and will contribute accessibility best practice and user testing with learners with different access needs.

Edina have real-world experiences with HTML5 and can contribute their knowledge and experiences to the project and help get the initial code off the ground quickly.

Xerte Online Toolkits integrates directly with the Xpert Repository, allowing OER content to be licensed and published very easily. Xpert in turn facilitates discovery through its APIs and shares data with other significant collections of OER around the world. As an adjunct to the main development work, the project will collaborate with the JLeRN Experiment being led by Mimas to explore the publication of metadata/paradata to the Learning Registry.


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