8. Develop Learning Objects for Free with GLO Maker

GLO Maker is an authoring tool to design and develop learning objects (called GLOs). GLO Maker is a powerful and user friendly tool to create new learning objects, or adapt and repurpose existing learning objects.

An author can prepare images, video clips, audio clips and then build activities by combining these resources. For example, display an image of a person, building, place or other artefact, incorporate audio commentary from experts, and build a quiz to text student understanding of the artefact.

Such learning objects can easily be imported and delivered via WebLearn. The tool was demonstrated at the Learning Design Bash held at OUCS on Friday 16th July, hosted by JISC. Content Authoring Tools Recent discussion on the Sakai mailing lists has highlighted three interesting free content creation systems:

Here’s what their websites say:

"MyUduntu is a FREE web- based tool which provides a user friendly platform to create highly interactive elearning courses quickly and easily. Anyone can design, build and implement online training courses without any prior technological expertise."

The eXe project developed 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. Resources authored in eXe can be exported in IMS Content Package, SCORM 1.2, or IMS Common Cartridge formats or as simple self- contained web pages.”

Xerte is a fully-featured e-learning development environment for creating rich interactivity. Xerte is aimed at developers of interactive content who will create sophisticated content with some scripting, and Xerte can be used to extend the capabilities of Xerte Online Toolkits with new tools for content authors.”

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