The eXe is a open source authoring tool. The eXe stands for eLearning XHTML <span style="font-weight: bold;" />editor.eXe is very user friendly which assist the teachers and academics to develop e-content without getting help from web designers or web software like HTML or XML markup. The content developed by eXe will be in e-content standards which can be exported in IMS Content Package, SCORM 1.2, or IMS Common Cartridge formats or as simple self-contained web pages.
Initially eXe project supported by New Zealand Government Tertiary Education Commission's eCollaboration Fund and was led by the University of Auckland, The Auckland University of Technology, and Tairawhiti Polytechnic. It was later supported by CORE Education, a New Zealand-based not-for-profit educational research and development organization. eXe was rated Best for "Content Authoring" in IMS Global Learning Impact Awards 2008. There are now several projects developed by using eXe around the world.
Many content management and learning management systems do not provide WYSIWYG environment where authors can see what their content will look like in a browser. eXe enables WYSIWYG functionality to see what the content will look like when published online. Features of ExeLearning tool:
eXeLearning is very easy to learn and there is no need to become proficient in HTML or complicated web-publishing applications.
• The instructional units designed within exeLearning are portable - they can be deployed anywhere on a website, in any instructional system, on a CD-ROM, or on an iPod for example.
• Instructional units are standards-compliant
• eXeLearning is an open-source application, it is free and can be downloaded to computers running Windows, Apple or Linux.
In this unit provides a basic understanding of eXe and its components. For a thorough explanation of eXe and its more advanced features, please visit the eXe web site and reference its online user's manual at (http://www.wikieducator.org/Online_manual).
How to download and Install of the eXeLearn tool foe Windows System? You just follow the below steps to download the set up files.
• Go to: http://exelearning.org/ to download the file.
• Click the Windows (installer) under the head Download eXe.
• Save the file onto your desktop.
Installing to a PC:
1. Save the executable file from the eXe home page onto your desktop
2. Double click the eXe installer file. This will launch the eXe Setup Wizard. Click Next
3. The installer will install eXe into a folder called C:\Program Files\eXe\ . Click Next to accept this default location
4. The program will then be installed into the specified directory.
Once it is finished installing, close the Setup Wizard Once you install the application at your PC, you can create as many web-based instructional units as you would like, and it is all free.
'Note:' For installation of MAC and UNIX operation system details are covered in this unit. If you need, you will get these details from online user manual at (http://www.wikieducator.org/Online_manual). 'Overview With the eXe', users can develop a learning structure that suits their content delivery needs and build a resource that is flexible and easily updated. The Outline pane of the eXe Control Panel enables users to design an outline that reflects their own preferred hierarchical structure and taxonomy, i.e. topics-sections-units, or books-chapters-verses, etc. This can be established at the outset or can develop as the resource is built. The iDevice (instructional device) pane consists of a collection of structural elements that describe learning content. Some of these include, objectives, pre-knowledge, case studies, free text. Learning content is compiled by selecting iDevices from the iDevice menu and entering your learning content. A learning resource may consist of as few or as many iDevices as required to deliver the learning content effectively. New iDevices are in development and recommendations for additional iDevices are being sought from the wider learning community. An iDevice editor enabling users to design their own iDevices and templates has been released in an experimental format as work continues on its development. eXe offers the ability for users to customise their published content by selecting from a range of graphical style sheets. eXe’s Export facility allows content to be packaged in two ways. Learning resources can be packaged as a self contained web site for publishing to a web server, or as a SCORM Content Package which will enable the resource to be imported into any SCORM enabled learning management system (LMS).
http://wikieducator.org/Online_manual, Online Manual, accessed on 15-June-2012
http://wikieducator.org/Online_manual/Installation , installation notes, accessed on 15-June-2012
http://wikieducator.org/Online_manual/Working_with_eXe, Working with eXe notes, accessed on 15-June-2012
http://wikieducator.org/Online_manual/Embedding_eXe_resources, Embedding eXe Resources, accessed on 15-June-2012
http://youtu.be/yynnOC6ecR4, Introduction to ExeLearn.
http://youtu.be/Q0hfEbrLER0, To begin with Exe (Start).
http://youtu.be/B9lcwkssKyI, How to download and Install Exe.
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