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  1. Learning Objects and Resources Mega Content Transformation with Open Source Educational Content Project eLML: An introduction into the eLesson Markup Language (eLML) Joël Fisler, University of Zurich Online Educa Conference 2008, Berlin

  2. Who should consider using eLML? eLML might be for you if you are... • working in a team or group of authors • looking for a content creation solution that is independant of a learning management system • In need of a sustainable solution that allows separation of content and layout/presentation • willing to work with open source XML software Online Educa Conference 2008, Berlin

  3. Collaboration with oncampus • The structure of eLML did meet the requirements of oncampus nearly perfect • Thanks to the collaboration with oncampus new features have been implemented into eLML • Win-win situation for both the University of Zurich and oncampus Online Educa Conference 2008, Berlin

  4. eLML: The structure • Lesson starts with an introduction (entry) and the learning objectives (goals) • Lesson is made of units which contains learning obj. • The didactical model ECLASS has been extended with elements like glossary, bibliography etc. • This structure assures that authors create similiar looking lesson without forgetting important elements Online Educa Conference 2008, Berlin

  5. eLML transformations: XHTML • eLML generates valid XHTML 1.0 code • Define your own template using template builder tool • Both SOCRM and IMS Content Package is supported • Transformation process can be configured • YAML CSS framwork supported Online Educa Conference 2008, Berlin

  6. eLML transformations: PDF • eLML generates a PDF using the XSL-FO technology • Supports Open Source parser Apache FOP and other parsers • PDF output can be configured using a configuration file Online Educa Conference 2008, Berlin

  7. eLML transformations: LaTeX • Although an old technology LaTeX still widley used in Universities worldwide • Layout less configurable than with XSL-FO but looks very nice “out of the box” • Problem with certain image formats like GIF or with special element nesting like table within columns etc. Online Educa Conference 2008, Berlin

  8. eLML transformations: ODF • Open Document Format (ODF) is an ISO standard and compared to Microsoft OOXML it really is open • ODF documents can be opened in many open source office tools like open office etc. but also in Microsot Office using a converter • Ideal for printing large scripts Online Educa Conference 2008, Berlin

  9. eLML transformations: DocBook • DocBook 5.0 supported • Brand new: Available since September 2008 • Created as a results of eLML participation at the Google Summer of Code program Online Educa Conference 2008, Berlin

  10. eLML tools: Firedocs eLML Editor • First beta release in September 08! • Firefox Plugin • Download, manual etc.: eLML.crg • --> Demo Online Educa Conference 2008, Berlin

  11. eLML tools: Template Builder • Also a Google Summer of Code project • First release in September 08 • Creates XSLT templates for XHTML & PDF transformations Online Educa Conference 2008, Berlin

  12. eLML tools & more information • More tools and repository options for eLML can be found on the eLML website www.elml.org • Download, installation, mailinglists, news etc. all available on the website www.elml.org • Contact us at elml@id.uzh.ch Thank you for your kind attention! Online Educa Conference 2008, Berlin