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A presentation on how and why POCKET (Project on Open Conent for Knowledge Exposition and Teaching) used OU XML to create open content.

A presentation on how and why POCKET (Project on Open Conent for Knowledge Exposition and Teaching) used OU XML to create open content.

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  • 1. Using OU XML to create units for OpenLearn A workshop with: •  Sarah Darley, University of Derby •  Dr Gerald Schmidt, The Open University Workshop 16 October 2008 www.derby.ac.uk
  • 2. Introduction to XML •  XML stands for extensible markup language •  XML is for structuring data •  XML is not a programming language •  You don’t have to be a programming expert to use it •  XML looks a bit like HTML www.derby.ac.uk
  • 3. Why did POCKET use OU XML? •  The project intended to build on the experience of OpenLearn •  All POCKET units had to be uploaded to OpenLearn •  All POCKET units had to validate against the OU XML Schema •  Flexibility of XML increases sustainability of the project outputs www.derby.ac.uk
  • 4. Using OU XML in POCKET: Process www.derby.ac.uk
  • 5. Downloading from OpenLearn •  Creating units in XML allowed them to be outputted in many different formats www.derby.ac.uk
  • 6. Using an XML editor www.derby.ac.uk
  • 7. The final unit on OpenLearn www.derby.ac.uk
  • 8. Tables created in XML www.derby.ac.uk
  • 9. Animations and films www.derby.ac.uk
  • 10. XML imported into Blackboard www.derby.ac.uk
  • 11. Questions and practical •  Any questions? •  Have a go at using an XML editor •  XML Copy Editor can be downloaded for free from: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php? group_id=141776&package_id www.derby.ac.uk
  • 12. Thanks for listening! •  For more information on POCKET, please visit: www.derby.ac.uk/pocket www.derby.ac.uk