'Jisc RSC Eastern Learning Resources Managers forum Nov 2013 'Xtlearn information from Rod Paley'
Making and sharing collections of resources
Improving teaching and learning
What is proposed?
Engage learners with visually arresting collections of resources that can be easily
customised to suit learner requirements
How it works
• Teachers, resource managers and others can
work independently and/or collaborate easily
• Gather links to resources anywhere on the web
• Combine these links into “collections” of
resources which can be shared easily with
• Presentation layer for students can be
customised to enhance engagement, provide
differentiation and elicit feedback
• Collections can be accessed on any platform
(Moodle, intranet, website, Facebook etc.) or
directly via the XtLearn platform itself
• Collections can be tagged and shared between
“friends” or pooled into projects and shared with
This collection on
Hairdressing consists of
resources from various sites
on the web including the NLN
materials and was designed
by RSC Eastern as an
This collection on
videos from YouTube,
regular web pages and
The resources are
presented in “slideshow”
This collection on Science
consists of resources from the
BBC and arkive.org.
It uses the "tiled" layout
option - one of three available
which dynamically arranges
the resources into columns.
What is a collection?
Easy to use...an engaging collection of resources can be crafted in minutes
Title and description chosen by teacher.
Choose from a variety of background themes – or specify your own (accessible themes for learners with
a range of learning disabilities are being developed via a project involving Techdis.)
students want them:
• moodle or other VLE
the web with
just two clicks
of the mouse:
• tes resources
with your own
• ppt slides
Add annotations, instructions, scaffolding to
guide students through your collection.
Display resources as a list, tiled in
columns or (as here) in slideshow
Customise and contextualise resource titles
and descriptions to suit your students.
How to share?
with friends and/or
pool them for easy
access by the
provider or teacher
can become part of
following the action!
What are the benefits?
Joint professional practice + on-going collaboration
better engagement of students
Role of Collections within a provider or across a network of providers
Saves time, money and energy
Easy creation and customisation improves flexibility in delivering various curricula
Visual engagement can help with student retention
Personalisation helps to improve learning outcomes of
students with learning disabilities
Comments/input from students provides
valuable feedback loop.
Easy gathering, collection and updating
Swapping ideas reduces duplication
Sustainable “freemium” model
Creates valuable and constantly updated
pool of resources.
Promotes professional development:
Make teaching ideas explicit
Can swap, share and build on work of
Great way to organise CPD
Source of ongoing innovation and collaboration.
How much does it cost?
Basic service is free
Optional upgrade to premium features
Premium service starter pack for £360 (5 users)
Huge discounts as number of users increases
Learner access FREE
User = free
User+ (users at an Org+ organisation...see opposite)
• Gather and collect unlimited resources
from any source on the web
• Personal file-space for adding own files
• Advanced text annotations (html with
• Wide range of customisable learner
interfaces (including own-brand)
• Community sharing via projects
• Copy and edit other users’ collections
• Publish collections on any platform
• Full reporting (including individual
learner ID tokens) and time line
view of collection life.
• Organisational file-space (500MB)
• Organisational sharing (using tags,
• Project pages for organising collections
for specific purposes (departments;
management teams; CPD; parents)
and by popularity, latest, alphabetical,
• Learner interface branding (custom
Gather and collect resources
from any source on the web (up
to 250 resources)
Single file space folder just for
thumbs (with 5MB limit)
Simple annotation (plain text)
Standard set of learner templates
Community sharing (private and
Share links to collections on
No of users
Substantial early bird discounts available
For more information on how to become involved in
Collections as part of your providrer improvement
and/or professional development plans please
Malcolm Bodley email@example.com
and participate in a free exemplar sharing
Rod Paley firstname.lastname@example.org