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Visual Understanding Environment

Kumar, A. and Schwertner, N. (2008) Visual Understanding Environment. In: Third International Conference on Open Repositories 2008, 1-4 April 2008, Southampton, United Kingdom.

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The Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) project at Tufts' Academic Technology department aims at providing faculty and students with tools to successfully integrate digital resources into their teaching and learning. VUE not only provides a visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information but also viewing digital resources along with their metadata. The poster will demonstrate some of new the features of VUE that allow it to seamlessly connect and search multiple digital repositories. We will also present few concept maps created using digital objects from repositories. Concept maps have been a part of the constructivist landscape of education since the early 1980’s and research has demonstrated that concept maps are superb tools for facilitating learning. Concept-mapping software such as Cmap developed by the University of West Florida and Inspiration are concept mapping tools that have been used extensively by teachers. While these and other products share a number of common features, they lack important functionality necessary to maximize the curricular uses of digital library content. Visual Understanding Environment (VUE), shown in Figure 1, is a learning application that facilitates thinking with and learning from digital resources. Essentially VUE is a concept mapping application that facilitates structuring and semantically connecting electronic content drawn from file systems, the World Wide Web or a digital repository. VUE is a concept mapping application designed as an integrated digital library application. It allows users to search, browse, retrieve content from digital repositories, and upload resources into these systems. It provides a means for users to construct clear pathways through the resources linked together on a concept map and the ability to control the sequence in which resources are viewed. A complex map of linked resources can be made more accessible to domain novices by offering explicit guidance or a single set of resources that takes on multiple meanings depending upon which pathways are created. These features, important within instructional contexts, are currently lacking in available mapping software. VUE has been successfully integrated with several digital repositories including Tufts Digital Library based on Fedora, ARTStor, Cisco VMS, JStor, MERLOT A search or federated search can be performed on all the repositories collectively or on individual repositories to retrieve digital objects. Results returned from the search can be viewed along with the metadata of the digital objects and the objects can be easily incorporated into a concept map.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Creators:Anoop Kumar, Nikolai Schwertner
Subjects:Main Conference > Tuesday 1st April > Posters
ID Code:79
Deposited By: Leslie Carr
Deposited On:27 Mar 2008 19:48
Last Modified:26 Oct 2011 16:08


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