Interoperability in action video
Wilbert Kraan, CETIS staff
November 02, 2004

The eXchange for Learning (X4L) programme has released a video on the web about the practicalities of making interoperable learning content. While there's plenty to read about the pros and cons of standards, this video shows an actual scenario of finding, creating and enhancing learning objects using a variety of tools.

With the video, Mark Power, the CETIS X4L support officer, has created a step by step guide through the four most common actions people need to do with learning objects.

Beginning with finding learning a learning object in a repository, the video goes through the practicalities of creating a learning object, enhancing it, and then plugging it into a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

The main tools demonstrated include the Intrallibrary repository used by the Jorum project and the Reload open source content package and metadata editor that was created for X4L. Along the way, common web editing tools such as Dreamweaver also get a look in, and the objects themselves are plugged into the WebCT, TekniCAL and Learnwise VLEs.

Since this is about interoperability, the principles would be very similar with different tools, but the video shows you exactly how its done in this particular range.


The 25 minute QuickTime video can be watched online, but beware: it's 65 Mb, which is a little much if you're not an broadband. The video will also be distributed on CDs at selected JISC events.