eXeLearning: A Free Software Tool To Create Educational Contents

eXeLearning is a free software tool under GPL-2 that can be used to create educational interactive web contents. eXeLearning can generate interactive contents in XHTML or HTML5 format and it allows you to create easily navigable web pages including text, images, interactive activities, image galleries or multimedia clips. All the educational materials generated with eXeLearning can be exported in different digital formats, to be used independently or to integrate them into a LMS (Learning Management System) like Moodle.

eXeLearning 2.0, available for GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, allows you:

When exported as Web Site, you can create web pages that can be viewed in different digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. And all this stuff, and much more, without knowing anything about programming!

The History of eXeLearning

eXeLearning was originally developed in New Zealand, in 2007, and was led by two universitiesUniversity of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology as well as by the Tairawhiti Polytechnic Institute. The project was originally supported by the New Zealand government, and it was later supported by many other institutions. The original project remained active until 2010. At that time eXeLearning had thousands of users and it was a very well known authoring tool in educational environments.

In 2009-2010, seeing that eXeLearning was not evolving at the pace that technologies did, theInstituto de Tecnologías Educativas del Ministerio de Educación del Gobierno de España (nowINTEF) decided to restart and to evolve the project. The new eXeLearning, as it was named, would keep alive the original open source spirit of the project, adapting the application to new web developments and standards and introducing major improvements. A new eXeLearning website was developed, a site that allows the users to actively participate in the project: make contributions, suggestions, find answers to different questions, etc. Now the project is, again, alive and kicking, and it is supported by different government agencies and companies, both in Spain and in other countries all over the world. As it can be seen with the recent release, last September, ofeXeLearning 2.0.

eXeLearning 2.0

In 2013 eXe evolved as a web development, web application or tool, (written in Python + Ext JS) that can be used with the default or preferred browser of the user, capable to work, or to be executed, in different browsers. Since then, the new eXeLearning has experienced major advances:

However, the innovations included in the new release are the main reasons that let the development team to move forward from version 1 to version 2.

New in eXeLearning 2.0

Configuration

iDevices

iDevices are the tools or blocks that can be included in our pages.

JavaScript and Styles

Application handling

Roadmap

The future of eXeLearning involves the incorporation of new iDevices and Styles, including a tool for editing in real time, the replacement of all the fragments of code that are not compatible with the GPL-2 license, improvements in the import of content generated by other tools, and to become a genuine web service connected with different platforms.

Contributors: José Miguel Andonegi and Juan Rafael Fernández. Originally written in Spanish. English translation by Ismail Ali Gago.