Using OU XML to create units for OpenLearn

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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.

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Using OU XML to create units for OpenLearn

  1. 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. 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. 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. 4. Using OU XML in POCKET: Process www.derby.ac.uk
  5. 5. Downloading from OpenLearn •  Creating units in XML allowed them to be outputted in many different formats www.derby.ac.uk
  6. 6. Using an XML editor www.derby.ac.uk
  7. 7. The final unit on OpenLearn www.derby.ac.uk
  8. 8. Tables created in XML www.derby.ac.uk
  9. 9. Animations and films www.derby.ac.uk
  10. 10. XML imported into Blackboard www.derby.ac.uk
  11. 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. 12. Thanks for listening! •  For more information on POCKET, please visit: www.derby.ac.uk/pocket www.derby.ac.uk

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