The Flipped Classroom – Face to Face time is too important…

May 19, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Our second UK webinar in in the Future Teacher series happened on the 26th April 2017 and although you can view more detail via our main Xerte resource for the talks I’ve also embedded the main presentation resource and recording below.

Main presentation:


Future Teacher project: Online learning! What works?

May 19, 2017 at 1:08 pm

Our first UK webinar in in the Future Teacher series happened on the 31st March 2017 and although you can view more detail via our main Xerte resource for the talks I’ve also embedded the main presentation resource and recording below.

Main presentation:


Xerte Conference 2016

January 28, 2016 at 4:01 pm

At the end of February 2016 those of us directly involved in the Xerte Project announced our Xerte Conference 2016 to be held at Nottingham University on 14th April. Many of you will remember the very successful Conference and AGM we held in 2012 where Xerte version 2.0 and the HTML 5 developments were officially previewed for the first time. A lot has happened since!  The last twelve months have been the most exciting in the history of the project, with our transition to the Apereo Foundation, the release of v3.0 and then v3.1 of Xerte Online Toolkits and the continued growth of our fantastic global community of users and developers.

This event was to provide an opportunity to hear about the very latest developments and future plans from the project team and to learn more about the Apereo Foundation and the exciting opportunities it brings.

We’d also wanted to showcase the fantastic work that we had seen and heard about going on in our user community and invited proposals for inclusion in a really exciting programme for the day.

The programme, presentations, examples and in many cases session recording were subsequently made available via our conference resource created in Xerte of course!

Updated Jisc Legal copyright training now available…

November 4, 2014 at 10:37 pm

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Jisc Legal team recently to update their copyright training for University Lecturers in light of new legislation and also to create a new and updated copy aimed at College Lecturers. You can preview both the HE and FE versions via the links below and also access the modules on Jorum (whilst it’s still available) where you can download plain or SCORM versions of the resource for uploading to your VLE/LMS.



View Copyright Training for College Lecturers* | Download from Jorum | Download updated SCORM* | Download updated non-SCORM* 

View Copyright Training for University Lecturers* | Download from Jorum | Download updated SCORM* | Download updated non-SCORM* 

*Minor updates Aug 2016

Now that the version for college lecturers is available I used the resource as part of a training session last week as a vehicle for discussing a few separate topics:

1. Copyright considerations
The training resource contains very pragmatic advice and guidance which is much needed in an area which is often complex and as a consequence often completely ignored!

2. An example of scenario based e-learning content
These days it is well known amongst professional developers just how effective scenario based e-learning can be especially when compared with the old tell test metaphor that was the norm previously. Arguably this Jisc legal training could go further in this respect but there’s obviously a balance to be had when the training is aimed at ‘short of time’ lecturers and self-contained access with 60 minutes or less completion time. There are opportunities for reflection and note taking throughout and although some of the individual topics seem very similar and possibly repetitive it’s these individual notes and reflections and the ability to email or print the collated results that could prove the difference between the informational and performance objectives underpinning the training.

3. An example of mobile compatible content created with a rapid e-learning tool
Many visitors here will be familiar with my involvement with Xerte but in this case Articulate Storyline was the tool of choice. This was for a number of reasons, not least of which updating the previous module created with Articulate Presenter, but also some of the improvements and additions in this case would have been difficult and more time consuming to start from scratch in Xerte. With the latest version of Articulate Storyline there are apps for use on iPads and Android tablets providing optimised access on those devices as well as HTML 5 and Flash output for other platforms. As well as optimised playback an additional benefit of using the free Articulate app on your iPad or Android tablet is the option to download to your device for offline use e.g. download while on institution wifi and then learn from the material while on the move without needing a connection.

4. Finished content showing the result of a mix of tools and techniques
It seems to me that too often there is a notion that one size/tool fits all e.g. a single authoring tool will provide all that is required. Apart from the fact that it’s not the tool that creates effective learning content but the planning, authoring skills and learning design that goes into the development, it’s rarely the case that a single tool will suffice these days. When I think about the array of tools and techniques used in developing this material the list is almost endless including PowerPoint, Photoshop, Articulate Presenter, Articulate Storyline, Audacity, VideoScribe, Inkscape, Google Drive, DropBox, Trello, Word, FormatFactory etc etc etc.

It was useful to be able to discuss some of this in the context of a real world example during a training session that wasn’t really about copyright but quickly highlighted how much this role based and pragmatic guidance about copyright is certainly needed! officially launched today

October 2, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Along with colleagues at JISC, JISC Techdis, Niace, Learning Unlimited etc I’ve been working on a Maths project developing interactive resources for the past few months and together with another long time colleague Terry Loane we’ve been using a combination of Xerte, Articulate Storyline and other tools to develop the interactive resources in collaboration with the team from Learning Unlimited.

The site has been public for a while now but it’s arguably it’s first official launch at an event today although behind the scenes we are still working on the materials as well as the site and will be for a while yet. One of the things we’ve been looking at together with Alistair McNaught, Shri Footring and Michael Rippon is how best to open the learning objects from the WordPress site from both an accessibility and usability perspective and particularly what the user does when reaching the end of a learning object to return to where they were.

The two links below are a test to demonstrate two possible ways of doing this. The first screenshot link is a standard chromeless pop-up window and the second is a lightbox pop-up. We’ll have to see what works best?…


Opens in a new chromeless window


Opens in a Lightbox window