What is it?
Xerte is an online tool that allows you to create multi-media, interactive learning objects.
How does it work?
Xerte is hosted at Durham, so simply log in with your usual credentials here: https://apps.dur.ac.uk/xerte/
You can use Xerte to…
- Introduce text in dynamic ways
- Upload and embed images
- Upload and embed audio and video
- Add hotspots to images
- Sync audio and video with text
- Create multi-media galleries
- Include interactive and non-linear navigation
- Create self-assessments with feedback
Once you have created your learning object, it is accessed via a hyperlink or embedded in a website, for example a duo module.
What do you need?
- Desktop or laptop with Flash installed (note that the Xerte learning objects do not need Flash to run)
- Up-to-date browser
- Fast internet connection (if you will be uploading your own audio/video files)
What could it be used for?
Xerte is most effective for learning that benefits from multi-media elements, opportunities to practice or test knowledge, and investigation and exploration. It offers easy integration of textual, audio and video materials with active learning, making it ideal for online learning and blended learning or flipped classes, as well as for development, training and instructional materials.
You might consider using Xerte if…
- You would like a way for learners to actively review content and test their knowledge and understanding
- You want learners to navigate their way through content by making choices and responding to new information
- You would like to introduce learners to ideas and concepts in a multi-modal way before face-to-face sessions
- You want a platform where students can create multi-media projects for formative or summative assessment
- Hosted at Durham, Xerte is available to all staff and students.
- It is easy to learn how to use the interface, and to collaborate with other users.
- Xerte is built for accessibility and offers a number of options to further enhance the experience for all learners.
- Learning objects can be accessed on mobile devices and embedded in other websites, including duo.
- Hyperlinked and embedded learning objects allow for instant updating if you need to make changes.
Drawbacks and issues
- There are a small number of bugs in the software, which are detailed in the guides (see link near top of page).
- Options for recording completion and score data are not currently reliable.
Independent learning with Xerte could be part of a blended module.
Xerte would add an interactive dimension to the flipped classroom model where students watch a lecture or presentation in their own time.