[Xerte] Xerte sandpit - where to next?

Alistair McNaught Alistair.McNaught at HEAcademy.ac.uk
Fri Nov 7 10:40:10 GMT 2014

Good morning everybody.

This is just  you know that I've posted a blog article on the "Xerte Sandpit - where to next?" at

As you are aware by now the Sandpit is having to close as a result of the Jisc restructure. The article looks at alternatives for those who

*         still need to create some learning resources in order to persuade IT teams to install  or

*         are ready to move beyond the sandpit but don't know which of the alternatives is the best for them.

There are still some really nice resources that people have made on the sandpit. Please forgive me for nagging but you are very strongly advised to export these before the end of November. The recommended way to do this is shown on the attached screenshot. The stages are:

1.       open up the Xerte workspace

2.       click on the learning object you wish to export

3.       click the properties button for that learning object

4.       click the export tab in the project properties dialogue

5.       click on the Get Archive Zip button and save the file in an appropriate place on your computer/network.

Once you have the Archive file you can use it with learners - even if you don't have a Xerte installation in your organisation.
Unzip the zip file by right clicking over it and choosing the option to extract it to a folder (see unzip1.jpeg attached)
Once the folder has been created by your unzip tool browse to it and look for the index file (index.htm) - double-clicking on this should bring up your learning object - see unzip 2.jpg (attached).

So long as the entire folder is on one of your network drives and you can put a direct hyperlink to the index.htm file you can use the learning object.

If at some future date you have your own Xerte installation you can import the zip file (see import.jpg) by clicking on the workspace folder, clicking on the properties button then clicking on the Import tab from the  Properties panel and browsing to the zip file you want to import.

Hope that is useful. Happy exporting!


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