Open E-Learning Content – End-to-end integration (pt.11)

Having discussed in some detail individual elements of the content development process, in this post we’re going to see how all the pieces come together in an Open Environment for E-Learning.

The end-to-end development and integration process is illustrated in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Inputs and Outputs [Click to enlarge]
  1. Content authors agreed course structure according to the structure outlined in the instructional design
  2. XML text data authored with XXE and the DocBook DTD
  3. Images created and in GIMP and imported in to XXE Course developed in XXE
  4. Content reviewed and signed off
  5. Content stored on Apache/MySQL/PHP-based content management system (CMS)
  6. Narration script text generated from signed off content
  7. Using Audacity, voice-over narration for multimedia presentation is recorded
  8. Voice-over narration is post-produced in Audacity, reviewed and signed off

Final integration

  1. The content is accessed from a CMS or LMS
  2. XML data imported into OpenOffice.org Impress and exported as PPT-formatted file
  3. Audio content is retrieved from database
  4. Separately recorded video content retrieved from database
  5. Content integrated into a rapid e-learning authoring tool (such as Microsoft Producer 2)
  6. Content rendered to final compiled format for delivery via multiple channels (see Figure 2)
Figure 2. Overview of Integration Process [Click to enlarge]

7.   Finally, content is exported to an open source LMS/LCMS such as Moodle, or burned to DVD for delivery to learners (see Figure 3)

Figure 3. Final Course Structure [Click to enlarge]