Xerte facts and figures 2018

Xerte is a fully online tool for creating interactive learning content, available to all University staff and students.

What’s new?

Xerte logoXerte underwent a major upgrade in summer 2016, which greatly enhanced its functionality and ease of use. It was upgraded again in autumn 2017, with a number of new features including flash cards, interactive text and better integration with the duo Grade Centre. We plan to review the latest version to decide whether to upgrade again this year.

How much is it used?

215 new projects have been created since June 2016.

 53 new people have begun using Xerte since June 2016.

The Xerte Guides & Videos page was visited an average of 27 times per month so far in 2018, three times as often as in 2016.

What is it used for?

  90% of projects were created by staff and include learning and training resources.

 10% of projects were created by students, mostly as assessments.

What do students say?
Online quizzes with immediate feedback on where I went wrong are useful - Second-year in Science

While students didn’t mention Xerte specifically in the 2018 Student Digital Experience Tracker survey, they were positive about the types of features that it offers:

32 Durham students named online quizzes as useful course activities.

 94 Durham students said that online tools for learning were useful in their study.

 100 Durham students cited online video as useful for learning.

Have there been any issues?

Xerte has a few minor bugs that are flagged in the user guides.

In 2017-18, there was only one IT service desk incident involving Xerte.