Finnish Universities Release Free VLE with Support for Educational Modelling Language (EML)CRLF

Scott Wilson, CETIS, Feb 20, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

One of the first VLEs (Virtual Learning Environments) to support the Educational Modeling Language (EML), FLE3 is an open-source web-based learning environment built on the ZOPE content management platform (ZOPE is also open source). FLE3 is based on a collaborative approach to learning; as its website says, "groups may carry out knowledge building dialogues, theory building and debates by storing their thoughts into a shared database. In the knowledge building groups may use knowledge types (also called thinking types) to scaffold and structure their dialogues." FLE3 was developed by the UIAH Media Lab at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki and the Centre for Research in Networked Learning and Knowledge Building at the University of Helsinki. The FLE3 website is
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