Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Open Source Authoring Software
The eXe project is developing 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. eXe can export content as self-contained web pages or as SCORM 1.2 or IMS Content Packages.
This project has been funded by a grant from the New Zealand Government and led by the University of Auckland, The Auckland University of Technology, and Tairawhiti Polytechnic. It has also been greatly assisted by a global group of participants and contributors.
This could be my new addition to an old project that I found I just could not have the time to keep updating. If it can be run off a flash drive then I don't need dreamweaver on the machine to run it. Mind you one of the things that I am looking at is more online development tools, rather than using dreamweaver all the time. The exe learning environment is simple to use and it can incorporate quiz and other learning tools that knowledgeNET does not have in it.
The old project was to have as much education content on a website to get students used to using it for educational needs, not just play. It just becomes a mess with so many sites in dreamweaver, especially when your profile gets reset. 5 years ago I created a website called h2, only available internally, but it has a hell of a lot of information on it, though it does need some updating and to run on a faster server, its only a Pentium 120 with 32 meg of RAM.
Also looking at installing winXP on one of my servers, the reason for this is to install WAMP5 and then wordpress, why not install it on one of my linux boxes, because it needs PHP 4.2 or greater. Why wordpress you may be asking, the reason for this is so that the house leaders can run the whole house website next year. It was only a proof of concept this year and it worked like a charm, although updating four house websites does take up to 50 minutes each time I make changes, have been using dreamweaver. Though I do need to look at using some extra plugin's on the site to be able to host a gallery, as well as get some site stats.