CURE - The Collaborative Universal Remote Education Environment
for Learning and Working together
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What is CURE?
CURE is a non-commercial tool that facilitates collaborative
learning in distributed teams using standard browsers over the
Internet. CURE was developed at the FernUniversität in Hagen, the
German distance learning university. CURE is based on combining
the room metaphor, WIKI ideas, and communication tools.
Who should use CURE?
Anybody interested in working and learning with others
over the Internet. Current users include mostly students enrolled
in courses, seminars, labs, and project work – and, of course,
their teachers and project leaders.
What functionality does CURE provide?
Users can create rooms for specific groups and purposes. The owner
of a room defines its initial content. The room owner can make the
room accessible to a number of users, or users may request access
from room owners. Room owners can restrict access rights.
A room contains pages, resources and communication tools, which
are created, manipulated, navigated and read by users of the room.
A simple WIKI syntax is used to write the content
of pages including formatted text, images, and TEX
for expressing mathematical formulas.
Changing a page results in a new version – thus, multiple parallel
write accesses result in alternative versions that can be merged later.
Rooms can be connected, thus, dedicated environments with special
rooms for specific purposes can be constructed. Easy navigation in
the so constructed virtual environment is supported via maps.
E.g., our university offers course rooms that are connected
to further course-specific rooms, which contain dedicated
materials or are designed to support specific teams.
Users can add/remove/view resources associated
with the room (e.g. to open a binary file, or to start a binary tool).
Users have their personal home page providing options for
personalizing CURE. They can for instance subscribe to change
notifications of rooms that can be delivered via e-mail.
Each room may have its own chat and room mailbox that are kept
persistent. All users in a room can simply chat with all other
online users in that room, or view and send mails to the
discussion threads in the room’s mailbox. Chat and mail messages
can use the WIKI syntax, and thus may be used to communicate
mathematical formulas etc.
Rooms can also contain a room calendar, which supports negotiation
of meeting dates and times between room users.
For a detailed list of the features of CURE’s current version, see
the user manual at http://mapper.fernuni-hagen.de/CURE/doc/Manual.pdf.
What are the benefits of CURE?
- Simple setting-up and use of a persistent collaboration
environment for your team
- Access from any web browser
- Instant communication and asynchronous sharing of material
What are our experiences with CURE?
CURE is successfully used in 4 courses in the winter term 2003/
2004 in the schools for psychology (seminar), for mathematics
(course on linear algebra), and for computer science (course on
distributed systems, projectbased class in CSCW). Currently, more
than 300 users use CURE, and the user base is growing.
Additional Information and Publications
- A powerpoint presentation introducing the latest version of CURE
- A full list of CURE-related publicatiuons will come here soon.
For further Information contact
Till Schümmer or Joerg M. Haake
Cooperative Systems Division
FernUniversität in Hagen
58084 Hagen Germany
Phone +49 - 23 31 - 9 87 - 3 27
Fax. +49 - 23 31 - 9 87 - 3 17