Sunday, October 12, 2008

Demo Unit on Canonisation Using eLearning XHTML editor (eXe)

eXe, the eLearning XHTML editor, is a freely available Open Source authoring application to assist teachers and academics in the publishing of web content without the need to become proficient in HTML or XML markup.

I downloaded it yesterday and after watching a short screencast demonstrating some features of eXe, I set out to explore the capabilities of this tool. In a few hours I had completed a demo unit on the process of canonisation that included videos, access to external web sites through hyperlinked texts and within frames on a Web pages I created with the software, two types of interactive quizzes, several pages of text with graphics, and a photo gallery of saints. The end product was a visually appealing, well structured, easy to navigate, interactive mini-unit on 9 Web pages.

eXe can be used by anyone who knows how to use a word processor and can navigate on the Internet. It is possible to create a finished product that can run without being connected to the Internet (although you would then have to exclude external links to resources such as Web pages and media). Inserting the finished product into an existing Web site is as easy as clicking on a button and uploading the resulting self-contained folder that is created.

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