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    Technical guide

    13.04 Music Toolbox

CUS09 Music Training Package

21/02/11: Version 1.2

flexiblelearning.net.au/toolbox

Music Box Technical guide

? Commonwealth of Australia 2010

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Music Box Technical guide

    Contents

    INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................ 5 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS ............................................................................... 6 Client hardware and software (for learners) .......................................................................................6 Server hardware and software (for RTO)............................................................................................6 Developer hardware and software (for customising see more details in ‘Customising Toolbox

    content’) ................................................................................................................................................7 Toolbox Help Desk and support services .............................................................................................7 Customising Toolbox content ...............................................................................................................8 Customising a Toolbox for single unit delivery .................................................................................. 11 Keeping to the standards .................................................................................................................... 11 Visual design ....................................................................................................................................... 11 Navigation ........................................................................................................................................... 12 File structure ...................................................................................................................................... 12 Accessibility ........................................................................................................................................ 12 TECHNICAL SUPPORT .................................................................................. 13 Installation on a web server................................................................................................................ 13 Installing into a SCORM compliant LMS.......................................................................................... 13 Producing CD-ROMs for distribution ............................................................................................... 13 Known issues ...................................................................................................................................... 14 Troubleshooting .................................................................................................................................. 14 Frequently asked questions - FAQs.................................................................................................... 14 The Toolbox Help Desk ...................................................................................................................... 14

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Introduction

    This Technical guide has been developed to support you in delivering Music Box, the

    CUS09 Music Training Package Toolbox.

    It closely relates to the Teacher guide which is in the same directory. Please also

    refer to that document.

    This Technical guide is divided into three sections:

    ; System requirements

    ; Customising Toolbox content

    ; Technical support (FAQs, troubleshooting, Help desk). flexiblelearning.net.au/toolbox

Music Box Technical guide

    System requirements

    Client hardware and software (for learners)

    Hardware

    To use the learning material in this unit, learners will need a computer with the following features:

    ; IBM? compatible with a 1GHz processor running Windows 2000, XP, Vista,

    or

    ; Apple Macintosh? with a 500MHz processor running OSX v10.5 with:

    o 512 MB of RAM

    o 1024 x 768 pixel display

    o CD-ROM drive

    o Internet access

    o Sound card.

    Software

    Learners will also need the following software/plug-ins installed on their computer:

    ; Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0 or 8.0 (http://www.microsoft.com/ )

    -- OR --

    ; Firefox 3.0 or above (http://www.mozilla.com/ )

    -- OR --

    ; Safari 3 or above (http://www.apple.com/ )

    ; Microsoft? Word 97-2003 or a similar word processing program to open and

    use downloadable forms, checklists and worksheets.

    ; Adobe? Flash Player 10. If you haven‟t got this plug-in, you can download

    and install the latest free version from: www.adobe.com

    ; Adobe? PDF Reader 8.0. If you haven‟t got this plug-in, you can download

    and install the latest free version from: www.adobe.com

    Incorrect versions of these applications could result in information being shown in an

    unreadable form or not shown at all.

    Server hardware and software (for RTO)

    ; IBM compatible computer with a 1GHz processor (OR Unix equivalent)

    ; 512 MB of RAM

    ; 4 Gb hard disk space free

    ; CD-ROM drive

    ; 2xISDN (128k), T1 preferred

    ; Internet server software

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    Developer hardware and software (for customising see more details

    in ‘Customising Toolbox content’)

    Same as client hardware and software above, with the addition of:

    ; An HTML text editor such as Homesite?, BBEdit? or Adobe? Dreamweaver.

    ; A word processor such as Microsoft? Word to edit documents.

    ; If customisation of multimedia interactions is required, then the following

    applications may be necessary:

    o Flash CS3 or above

    o XML SPY or equivalent XML editing tool

    o Photoshop/Fireworks (or equivalent) for editing still images

    o SoundEdit16 (or equivalent) for editing sound content

    o Premiere (or equivalent) for editing video content

    Toolbox Help Desk and support services

    The Toolbox website provides support at

    http://toolboxes.flexiblelearning.net.au/support/patches.htm. This site offers help desk

    details, frequently asked questions, installation and configuration advice and patches for any products that are found to have minor errors or discrepancies. If you are unable to find what you are looking for on this site, please email the Toolbox Help Desk at Toolboxhelp@flexiblelearning.net.au or phone 1300 736 710.

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    Customising Toolbox content

    What features can be customised?

    In most cases Toolboxes are able to be modified and redistributed with minimal licensing or copyright encumbrance. However, before commencing any modifications we recommend that you check the license details of the Toolbox, to ensure that any customisation undertaken does not contravene the conditions of that license. For licensing conditions visit: http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/toolbox/license.htm

    Remember to retain the original files in their CD-ROM format so that you always have an original copy of the Toolbox as a backup.

    Some Toolbox assets can be easily customised. However, there are others that are more difficult. For this complex customisation we recommend that you proceed only if you have the relevant trained technical personnel.

    What can be customised in the Music Box

    Asset in Toolbox Suggested application for customising

    1. Word documents (.doc) Microsoft Word 2003 or higher

    2. HTML content HTML editor, eg Dreamweaver

    3. Video clips Adobe Premiere (or equivalent)

    4. Flash activities Adobe Flash CS3 or above

    5. Audio files SoundEdit16 (or equivalent)

    6. Still images Adobe Photoshop/Fireworks (or equivalent)

    7. Web collection on delicious User name and password (see below)

    (social bookmarking tool)

    1. Word documents (.doc)

    Trainers can customise the Word documents in the Music Toolbox. Word documents are located in the folders named documents. You‟ll find these folders within each

    learning object.

The Word documents in Music Box include:

    ; Your task: Task workbook

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    There is a workbook for each of the six tasks in Music Box. Learners use the workbook to organise their work as they work through their task.

    ; Prepare: Music Skills guide

    There is a Music Skills guide for each of the six tasks. This is a checklist of

    the content and activities included in the Music Skills topics.

    ; Music Skills: Various worksheets and topic information

    The topics in Music Skills include a number of information sheets and sample

    documents to support learners with their tasks.

    2. HTML content

    There are numerous ways of editing the HTML content of this Toolbox. The approach is similar to editing pages that might be found on any website. The two simplest ways are:

    ; Using a Web development package (Adobe Dreamweaver or equivalent).

    ; Using a straight text editor (MS Notepad or your favourite text editor). A basic understanding of HTML and the software package is useful. Web development software package

    ; Download the complete Toolbox contents onto your machine.

    ; Identify the pages you would like to edit (these are displayed in the address

    bar at the top of the browser page when viewing).

    ; Locate these files in the downloaded files, following the paths displayed in the

    browser.

    ; Open each file in your web editing software package (ie MS FrontPage or

    Adobe Dreamweaver) and make appropriate changes.

    ; Save each file.

    ; Check your edits in a web browser to see if it displays properly. Text editor (ie MS Notepad)

    ; Download complete Toolbox contents onto your machine.

    ; Locate the file you wish to edit, following the paths displayed in the browser.

    ; Open the file using a text editor (ie MS Notepad)

    ; Make appropriate changes, following the CSS styles, some of which are:

    o

(Main Headings) larger blue font in caps,

    o

(Sub headings) green fonts,

    o

(main content i.e. paragraphs) black text.

    ; Save each file.

    ; Check your edits in a web browser to see if it displays properly. Editing links

    To link to a popup, in the link add a class of popup.

    ; To link to external files, in the link add a class of external.

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    3. Video clips

    Videos are displayed using a Flash based player. The text comes from a data file which can be found in applets/data.

    4. Flash activities

    Most of these interactions can be customised by anyone with basic Adobe Flash design skills. However some are more complex, and require actionscript knowledge. Most Flash interactions in this Toolbox pull in external data from an XML file which can be found in applets/data.

    To customise open the page in Dreamweaver and select the Flash object that you wish to change. Under the properties of the object, you will see a filename such as quiz.swf. You cannot change this directly, but must rebuild it from the source code. One thing to note about the video XML file is that it refers to a filenameHI, filenameLO and filenameCD. These refer to a high and low resolution version of the video intended to cater for different web connection speeds, and a CD version (high resolution).

    5. Audio files

    Audio files (mp3) are located in folders named audio. To edit, use an application

    such as SoundEdit16 or Audacity.

    6. Still images

    Images are located in the folders named images. You can use a range of graphics software to edit still images.

    7. Music Box web collection

    The Music Toolbox provides links to Internet sites using a social book marking tool called delicious.

    If you wish to add, remove or edit information on the links in the Toolbox you need to change the information in Delicious. To do this:

    1. Go to delicious (http://delicious.com).

    2. Log into the account set up for the Music Box

    a. Username: musictoolbox@ymail.com

    b. Password: Resources2010.

    3. Go to the tag where the bookmark is located for example

    http://www.delicious.com/musictoolbox2010.

    4. Make the change you want.

    This results in all references in the Toolbox to the page in Delicious for example http://www.delicious.com/musictoolbox2010 reflecting the changes you have made.

    NB: As all copies of the Toolbox both CD ROM and online versions point to the same locations if you change the content in Delicious it will be reflected for all users of the Toolbox. This potentially could result in links being added, modified and deleted (and shared) by a number of teachers throughout Australia.

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