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Fle3 > Future Learning EnvironmentDeveloped by Learning Environments for Progressive Inquiry Research Group
UIAH Media Lab, University of Art and Design Helsinki
In cooperation with Centre for Research on Networked Learning and Knowledge Building,
Department of Psychology, University of Helsinki.
Fle3 is a web-based learning environment. To be more specific Fle3 is server software for computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL). Fle3 is Open Source and Free Software released under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL). The licence is protecting your freedom to use, modify and distribute Fle3.
Fle3 is designed to support learner and group centered work that concentrates on creating and developing expressions of knowledge (i.e. knowledge artefacts) and design. Fle3 contains three learning tools and several administration tools.
Fle3 is easy to localize to different languages (all you need to do is to translate one file). Currently users may choose their user interfaces language to be Finnish, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Norwegian, Dutch, Italian, Lithuanian, Estonian, German, Polish, Danish or Chinese. New translations are welcome!
Fle3 WebTops can be used by teachers and students to store different items (documents, files, links, knowledge building notes) related to their studies, organize them to folders and share them with others. WebTop also includes shared "course folder" for each course. The same shared "course folder" is available in the Knowledge Building and Jamming tools as well. The items in the WebTops can be called learning objects - if you wish.
With Fle3 Knowledge Building tool groups may carry out knowledge building dialogues, theory building and debates by storing their thoughts into a shared database. In the Knowledge Building study group may use Knowledge Types to scaffold and structure their dialogues. The Knowledge Type sets are fully editable and one may export and import them from one Fle3 to another. Fle3 comes with two default Knowledge Type sets: (1) Progressive Inquiry, and (2) Design Thinking.
Fle3 Jamming tool is a shared space for collaborative construction of digital artefacts (pictures, text, audio, video). A study group may work together with some digital artefacts by simply uploading and downloading files. Versions are tracked automatically and different versions are displayed graphically. Jamming can be used for many kind of collaborative work requiring versioning.
For teachers and administrators Fle3 offers tools to manage users and courses / study projects. The administrator may also export and import courses or the fully content of the Fle3 database in XML format (compatible with the Educational Modelling Language - EML).
Fle3 research and development is supported by the European Commission in the Information Society Technologies (IST) framework; IST-00-III.2 'School of Tomorrow' (ITCOLE project), Nordic Council of Ministers, the Nordic Governments (NordUnet2 / Fle2 project) and UIAH Media Lab.