Resource Center - Functional Range

Three major functions are supported by the ResourceCenter:

  • managment of resources - upload, download, searching, description by metadata
  • authoring of resources - course structuring, section authoring
  • administration of resources, user accounts, and profiles

These functions are realized by different components:

Course Structure Editor

The Course Structure Editor allows the author to organize sections in a hierarchical structure. They are able to create empty sections or queries for sections in the repository and add them to their structure. This includes functions which manipulate the course structure and are directly accessible with the editors toolbar.

Finally, the export function can be found on the toolbar of the editor. It triggers the SCORM export, which creates a SCORM-compliant content package. The author is able to save the course package onto the local hard disk and import it to any SCORM-compliant LMS.

Section Content Editor

With the aid of the Section Content Editor, the author can edit and structure text and add media resources of any type within blocks. Blocks are units of text and media resources which belong together. This ensures authoring independent of layout in order to permit repurposing. A section may consist of any number of blocks. The author can add a page break between two blocks, in order to split a section into consecutively numbered HTML pages with the same title. Thus, they can use a preview function which allows the author to preview and browse through the course structure and authored sections at any time. The SCORM course player and the preview function render all blocks between two page breaks to a single HTML page.

Metadata Wizard and Editor

The Metadata-Wizard supports the authors in acquiring metadata. The metadata wizard uses profile information about the authors, which is available by logging in at the ResourceCenter. In addition, metadata is extracted out of the content modules, which have to be described by metadata within two stages. Only certain information such as the title, description and key words have to be acquired manually by the authors. Individual changes of the metadata created semiautomatically may be done using the Metadata-Editor.