Xerte X and #Xerte18 in review
The Xerte team and project had a very busy year in 2018 with representation and delivery of sessions at Open Apereo 2018, Apereo Africa 2018 and our own very successful Xerte 18 conference in the UK. Not to mention a special conference release of Xerte followed by the official release of Xerte X this month (Sept 2018). As you may know the release of Xerte X celebrates 10 years since the release of the first online version of Xerte, officially known as Xerte Online Toolkits. For an overview of the project and its history dating back to 2004 see https://tinyurl.com/xerteoverview
Suffice to say a huge amount of work has gone into this latest release and there are many new features, as well as fixes and improvements to existing features. Comprehensive release notes outlining many of the new features are available via https://tinyurl.com/xertereleasenotes
Many of the new features and affordances were demonstrated and discussed at our #xerte18conference https://goo.gl/t1XELV and recordings of many of the sessions, as well as some of the presentations and resources used and shared during the workshops and keynotes, are included on the programme page of that conference resource. Ian Dolphin delivered the first keynote of the day covering Learning analytics and of course other Apereo activities and projects and a major focus throughout the conference was the powerful LTI, xAPI and Adaptive Learning functionality now available with Xerte. The second keynote demonstrated how the Erasmus+ funded Future Teacher project is using Xerte and contributing to many of the powerful new features by developing digital tools and resources that anyone can use and re-purpose. Delegates at the conference and pre-conference training day were able to explore and use the special conference release of Xerte X ahead of anyone else and many of the delegates reflected on the conference, what they learned from all the sessions and all the powerful new features, as part of the conference feedback and also in our conference video found on the first page of the conference resource.
If you are using Xerte and especially the powerful new features in Xerte X do please share your comments via our community site forums, mailing lists and/or social networks and do please share this news with your respective colleagues and communities. We look forward to seeing and hearing about what you do with this latest release.