Software tools for creating electronic educational resources in the resource-based learning process
Keywords:«resource-based learning», «information-learning environment», «electronic educational resources», «electronic study-guide», «hypertext, Dr. Explain».
The current stage of development of digital technologies in the educational process is characterized by the development of a new information and educational environment, one of the necessary components of which is electronic educational resources (EER). At the same time, there is a search for effective methods of developing didactic materials in digital form. Teachers of higher education institutions are actively implementing the possibilities of digital technologies in the educational process, creating a new digital didactic support for the study of disciplines. The problem of qualitative creation, development and effective use in the educational process of EER, which determines one of the areas of implementation of the concept of resource-based learning (RBL), is becoming relevant. The authors of the article conducted a profound analysis of one of the tools for creating EER for RBL – Dr.Explain software application. This paper considers user options and the most effective ways for designing electronic educational resources in Dr.Explain program. It appears that Dr.Explain is a software program aimed at generating software documentation (help-files), help systems, on-line user guides and manuals, technical documentation for software and technical systems. Dr.Explain proves itself to be a useful tool for creating CHM help files, ready-to-print documents, e-books, allowing the user to compile hypertext e-learning resources in two formats (PDF and HTML). Regarding the experience of using such EER, we would like to point out that it is advisable to use electronic study-guides in PDF format on tablets and smartphones, and that is to say what students do when downloading it from the Google platform or university official website. E-guides in HTML format are easy to use by installing it on desktop computers in classrooms or on student laptops. In general, such EERs (both formats) are easy to install and view, and do not depend on operating system and software. All you need is a browser or a PDF viewer, which in its turn, is free and easy to install on modern computer devices of any kind.