WebOL evolved from a multimedia authoring system based on
hypertext and a browser that was developed in 1993.
This system included an assessment scheme for hypertext question
pages and materials were developed from templates. The system was used
for delivering support materials, formative assessments and tutorials
for 5 years.
The combination of powerful modern browsers with HTML, DHTML, CSS
authoring systems and in 1998 the courseware was converted to use the
features of modern web browsers.
The first version of this system was presented at CUBE98 where the
time saving use of templates was emphasized.
The final version automates
the construction of questions and
projects through fill-in forms. This automated version runs on PC
compatibles under Win9x/NT/2000/Vista/Windows7 (8 & 10 not tested).
The web pages generated are essentially platform and browser
Versions of this web-based system has been used successfully since
A version of WebOL (WebOL Lite)
for constructing formative assessments was produced with a Teaching
Development Grant from LTSN Biosciences
(now the Higher Education Academy STEM).
funding from LTSN Biosciences supported the development of a version
that is compatible with the xml-based IMS QTI
specification for allowing the
interchange of questions between assessment systems.