Producing active educational web pages using ms Word
Klemen Bajec and Vladimir Batagelj
University of Ljubljana, Department of Mathematics
we decided to base on MS Word the development of a teacher-friendly authoring system for production of active educational web pages.
The idea is the following:
The properties of active elements are determined by the corresponding dialogs (see Figure 3.).
An authoring system based on MS Word
Our system is still in the phase of a prototype. What should be its main capabilities? Here is a list of features contained in the current version:
Let us illustrate the necessary steps on the case of holes.
Extending Web Page template we first create, by Tools / Customize / Toolbars / New a new menuInsert Interactive Element and provide an entry in it for each type of active elements – see Figure 2.
Each entry is linked to a corresponding dialog (Figure 3.) by which the author determines the properties of the active element.
In Figure 5. we can see the holes in action.
The described authoring system can be easily extended to cover other types of interactive elements.
The proposed authoring system, without additional security enhancements and organizational solutions, can be mainly used for production of educational materials for self-education.
The current version of the authoring system and related materials will be available athttp://www.educa.fmf.uni-lj.si/izodel/dela/author/default.htm
We believe that the teachers themselves should be the main producers of educational materials and that the programmers should provide them with cheap, powerful and easy to use development tools. Our system is a step in this direction.
This work was supported by the Ministry of Education of Slovenia, Project Ro.
Klemen Bajec and Prof. Vladimir Batagelj
University of Ljubljana, FMF, Department of Mathematics
Jadranska 19, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia