CSS, e-Learning, Git, HTML5, JQ, JS, PHP, UI
Xerte Online Toolkits is an open-source e-learning authoring tool offering a quick way for people with limited web development skills, such as teachers and educators, to create engaging, accessible and media rich online resources.
For many years, the process of customising the design of Xerte resources had been off-limits for non-technical users, because it required expert knowledge of HTML and CSS, and so after holding discussions with my former colleague James Roscoe (jamesroscoe.co.uk), we saw an opportunity to produce a complimentary web application which would enable the Xerte community to produce their very own custom themes (stylesheets) without having to write any complicated code.
Together, James and I designed and developed Xhibit App, which features a designer tool allowing users to easily choose their colour schemes, backgrounds, fonts, icons and menus. All the design choices are displayed in real-time via a customised preview window. The user can then export their completed theme with the click of a button and all the code is compiled for them in the background into a downloadable CSS (stylesheet) file. An advanced export option also allows school or university IT administrators to export and zip-up their Xhibit theme for institution-wide delivery.
“I love it when talented people create a solution to an issue that makes technology more usable for all. #XhibitApp”
Senior Academic Technologist, University of Warwick