Most VLEs (Virtual Learning Environment) offer a HTML editing tool which allows you to create online content without learning HTML codes. However, the web pages created using the tool have limitations: e.g. lack of interactions and sophisticated navigation.
Here are three free open source e-learning applications that can help you to create interactive online learning materials. The materials produced can be used on any web sites including your institutional VLE.
- eXe – the eLearning XHTML editor, which can be downloaded to your local computer. It assists academics in the design, development and publishing of web-based interactive learning and teaching materials and activities.
- Xerte – a customisable suite of tools for e-learning developers and content authors producing sophisticated interactive learning materials.
- GLO Maker – design and develop learning objects (called ‘GLOs’), incorporating images, audio clips, video clips and quizzes. It focuses on good learning design and provides powerful features in an easy-to-use interface.
I run termly lunch time session on the three tools. More information: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/itlp/courses/detail/TOVK.