Xerte Online Toolkits Joins Apereo Incubation Process
Nottingham, UK & Ann Arbor, MI, Monday 22nd September 2014.
Release Date: 22 September 2014
Contact: Ian Dolphin - ian.dolphin[at]apereo[dot]org - Apereo
Julian Tenney - Julian.Tenney[at]nottingham.ac[dot]uk - Xerte
Xerte Online Toolkits, a widely used open-source environment enabling academic staff and faculty to author richly interactive online content, is to enter incubation with the Apereo Foundation. Xerte Online Toolkits is widely used in UK and European higher and further education.
What is Xerte Online Toolkits?
Xerte Online Toolkits is an award-winning suite of tools for educators who want to create rich, interactive online content to support teaching and learning. The tools have a strong focus on providing ease-of-use for non-technical authors and place an emphasis on accessibility for the production of highly inclusive materials that can be used successfully by as many people as possible. The Xerte Project has been led by The University of Nottingham, and the team has worked closely with JISC TechDIS in the UK (http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/) and the JISC Regional Support Centres to ensure high levels of accessibility support for authors and users of interactive content.
Xerte Online Toolkits is in use in institutions all over the world and has enthusiastic communities of users and developers. Elearning materials can be authored quickly and easily using browser-based tools - with no programming required - and content can be delivered to any device using open standards. Developers can easily customize the output and the tools are extensible to meet specific pedagogical requirements. The tools have won several awards and consistently receive outstanding feedback from users.
Ian Dolphin, Apereo Foundation Executive Director said "This is great news for the Xerte Community and Apereo. Xerte’s strengths – particularly around interactivity and accessibility – complement other Apereo offerings. The Foundation looks forward to bringing Xerte to a broader constituency"
Julian Tenney, The Xerte Project’s Lead Developer said “This is exciting news; it’s the next logical step for the project to take. In particular, I’m looking forward to the new opportunities this will create, and it will be great to be part of the wider Apereo community.”
What is Apereo?
The mission of the Apereo Foundation is to "assist and facilitate educational organizations which collaborate to foster, develop, and sustain open technologies and innovation to support learning, teaching, and research. " Apereo is registered as a non-profit in the state of New Jersey, and was formed in late 2012 by a merger of Jasig and the Sakai Foundation, two pioneers of open source software in higher education.
What is Apereo Incubation?
The Apereo incubation process helps realize innovation for higher education by providing a structured process to help new and exciting projects attain sustainability. Experienced volunteer mentors support the process. A project that graduates from Apereo incubation becomes an Apereo sponsored project.