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2.3 Creating more ambitious resources

If you are ambitious in this way about what you want to do with the Web, it is worth checking with your institution (via its learning technology unit or computing service) to see if you have access to programmers, software, facilities or other projects that will help. Ken Heather at the University of Portsmouth benefited from the fact that his institution has a Media Development Group which helped him to create video lectures for the Web (Heather, 2001). Other institutions have dedicated projects for advanced Web authoring, such as online assessment.

It may be possible to have a programmer create one reusable template rather than a whole site. Geraint Johnes at Lancaster, for example, has a series of multiple-choice self-tests on his site, as shown in Figure 3. These have been created by taking a general-purpose question template and pasting in text with a text editor. One such template is given in Judge (1999). Similar interactive questions can be created using the Toolbox service, then added to your own site using the 'File/Save As' feature in your browser.

Top Tip

Check whether your chosen textbook has a companion site using the list at http://www.economicsnetwork.ac.uk/books/companions_t.htm Some publishers have online services allowing adopters to create course Web pages.

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