Digitally enabled, rich learning environments can make a big difference to the learning potential of our people. That is why, after the rather favourable response to a multimedia projected fairly simple slide show on Sunday, my mind has been going back to the question of developing rich learning and ways to present it cost-effectively.
The big disappointment was just how hard it was to use and make things that were effective and attractive, especially with content management systems and Wikis. I actually ended up resorting to using blogs to present learning in a fairly friendly way, for demonstration purposes. (Of course the headache there is that we have trolls, and since I have hate sites that target me that has been a problem. Hence the current no comments policies.)
The key problem of course is that full bore Xerte is scripting oriented, i.e. to get best performance, it demands that you write some code in a "simple" scripting language. Unfortunately, that is a price for control. Tutorial (which starts with the two downloads, no 1 for developers, no 2 for setting up a server with capacities to facilitate teachers using toolkits that make the whole more user friendly [this will also work on a standalone PC, but to set up is not for the faint of heart, better register at the sandbox here! or, just go for the USB stick version]. . . ):
(A sandbox for experimenting is here, and another tutorial is here. Notice, the idea here that Xerte is Moodle's "saviour." If you are not ready for Xerte yet, I suggest use something like PPT, and then get it embedded into the learning system, perhaps using a PPT to Flash converter first.)