Examples and Resources
Xerte Online Toolkits is an important element of the University of Nottingham's learning technology. It is provided to all staff and students, and is widely used in the University's teaching and learning activities.
Learning Objects at Nottingham
This chart shows the total number of Learning Objects that have been created at the University of Nottingham since Xerte Online Toolkits was first deployed in 2008. Staff are currently creating around 2000 learning objects per year, and growth in the number of learning objects remains fairly constant. Compare this to the situation in 2004 when tools like Xerte Online Toolkits did not exist, and a dedicated multimedia development team would create all the project work, managing fewer than 20 projects in a typical year.
Page Types Example
This example shows all of the page types available in Xerte Online Toolkits. It shows the full range of media presentation and interactivity that can be produced by the tools.
Page Types Examples
Bootstrap Template Example
Xerte Online Toolkits contains several templates for creating differnet types of content. This website was developed using the Bootstrap template, which uses responsive design to deliver content to any device.
The Bootstrap template is very powerful, especially when used in conjunction with the other tools for content creation. A bootstrap web site might form a hub for users to access a suite of materials for example, or to use twitter widgets and rss feeds to act as a community hub. The boostrap template also allows contains some advanced features for developers. You can find more information in the example.
Statistics is an excellent example of a large project developed in Xerte Online Toolkits and shows the results when subject matter experts, instructional designers and interactive developers collaborate together using the software. The materials are in widespread use around the Univeristy and are available for use elsewhere under a Creative Commons license.
Meat Science is a ten-part online learning resource which begins by introducing key concepts in muscle anatomy and biochemistry, before examining the process of converting muscle to meat.The tutorial is designed to be studied over an eight-week period by work-based distance learners studying through the AgriFood Advanced Training Partnership. The students are then invited to attend four optional training days at the University of Nottingham and the e-Learning resource complements the topics covered in these sessions.
Interactive content includes clickable diagrams that allow the student to explore muscle components in greater detail, in addition to a range of animations, videos and drag-and-drop exercises. Students’ knowledge is tested with a formative quiz at the end of each chapter, which they can repeat as often as required.
The tutorial is delivered via Moodle and is also supported by an extensive online glossary system, containing over 400 technical definitions, which has been specially constructed for the course.
The e-Learning resource forms an important part of the AgriFood ATP’s Meat Science and Meat Quality course.
Meat Science Example
Grasslands is an extensive resource developed by the same team as the Meat Science resources. Xerte Online Toolkits has been used to enable collaboration between a team of subject matter experts and developers across a number of institutions.
Higher Education Academy
Xerte Online Toolkits has been used in several student-generated-content projects. In 2014, the HEA funded a number of small projects under the umbrella 'Digital Literacies in the Disciplines' and recommended that Xerte Online Toolkits be used for its ease of use and high levels of accessibility. Student-generated content projects have been shown to be very effective in a number of different learning scenarios. Students typically work together in small groups to create content in answer to a brief or to solve a particular problem. Independent research has shown these approaches to positively benefit the learning outcomes for students who will achieve deeper learning through dialogue with their peers, and the critical thinking involved. The project reports show very positive outcomes.
HEA Digital Literacy in the Disciplines: Project Reports
Making Digital History
Xerte Online Toolkits also featured prominently in another student generated content project held at the University of Lincoln. Student generated content projects develop a number of skills in addition to the deep engagement with the subject matter that occurs. Participants in these projects work together in teams, applying creativity in solving real problems, and developing a number of new digital literacies. Xerte Online Toolkits is an ideal tool in these situations, being free to use and easy to learn.
Making Digital History