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Computers and Education

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.Lrn: E-Learning Inside and Outside The Classroom

Supporting Collaborative Learning Communities using a Web Application Toolkit
  • Carl Robert BlesiusAffiliated withHarvard Medical School - Massachusetts General Hospital, Laboratory of Computer Science
  • , Pablo Moreno-GerAffiliated withHarvard Medical School - Massachusetts General Hospital, Laboratory of Computer Science
  • , Gustaf NeumannAffiliated withVienna University of Economics and Business Administration
  • , Emmanuelle RaffenneAffiliated withUniversidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia-UNED
  • , Jesús González BoticarioAffiliated withUniversidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia-UNED
  • , Carlos Delgado KloosAffiliated withUniversidad Carlos III de Madrid

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Abstract

.LRN is an Open source Web portal and Web application toolkit designed to support both large and small communities of practice and learning inside and outside of educational institutions and the enterprise. .LRN has the features of a complete Course Management System, but is focused on supporting collaborative online learning communities that often go beyond the typical institutional or course based setting. This chapter describes the main features of .LRN, gives an overview of its modular and adaptable technical architecture, includes case studies from projects the authors are directly involved with (which help highlight the benefits of the platforms open source nature and its high performance capabilities), and concludes by giving a quick summary of the future direction of .LRN and the not-for-profit corporation that has formed around the software.

Keywords

Collaborative Learning .LRN OpenACS LMS CMS Web Portals Software Consortia Open Source E-Learning