eLearning and eCommunity: Open Source OpenUSS + FSL New Release!

First Integrated Release of OpenUSS and FSL (eLearning, eCommunity System)!
Open Source Learning Management System: OpenUSS - Open University Support System
Open Source Learning Content System: FSL - Freestyle Learning

Dear community,

seeing TSS as a very succesful eCommunity for Java Server Side domain, I wonder a bit why TSS, sofar as I know, only
offers following:
- Communication tools: only discussion forums. Chat is still missing, mailinglists to each specific areas are also not available, ...
- Material downlods: articles, videos, books, etc.

What about adding gaming area "Quizzes", where developers can answer/do some quizzes and maybe the first correct answer will get a present (in case you can find sponsors for this)? Would be funny and cool ;-)

Anyway, we found out that the user's view concept of Eclipse, the so called "multi-perspective concept" is also very usefull in OpenUSS and FSL :

- Eclipse: one Java project can have different perspectives like "resource", "cvs rep.", "debug", etc.

- In OpenUSS: one project/lecture enrollment/community subject can have different perspectives like "materials", "discussion", "chat", "quiz", "malinglist", etc.
See screenshot:

- In FSL: one learning unit can have different perspectives like "introduction", "text study", "case study", "learning by doing", etc.
See screenshot:

And this can also be used in TSS as, IMO, eLearning and eCommunity are very similar.

We also like to thank ObjectWeb for its great products: JOnAS (yes, we use JOnAS and very happy about it :-)) and Enhydra (a great otter!). But we also love Hibernate for its great OR/Mapper and surely also those different products from Apache. Thanks for all the contributors to provide us the best Open Source infrastructure!

Enjoy and have a lot of fun!
Lofi Dewanto.

First Integrated Release of OpenUSS and FSL!
LMS: OpenUSS - Open University Support System
LCS: FSL - Freestyle Learning

OpenUSS is a J2EE- and GPL-based Learning Management System (LMS).
If you need to have an online eLearning platform to manage your
lectures, build communities, OpenUSS will be the best investment
for your institution!

-> Apache for web server,
-> JOnAS and JBoss for EJB server,
-> Tomcat and Enhydra for servlet server,
OpenUSS is targeted to take over the market for Learning Management
Systems (LMS). At least we believe that, LMS are also general-purpose,
commoditized, horizontal infrastructure software.
-> OpenUSS for LMS!

FSL is a J2SE and GPL-based Learning Content System (LCS).
If you need to build and execute multimedia contents, FSL will be the
best choice!

-> OpenOffice for office contents creation and execution.
FSL has the purpose to let you create and execute your
multimedia contents,
-> Macromedia Flash for animations,
-> FSL for LCS!

OpenUSS and FSL are infrastructure software for every organizations,
institutions, which have a need to build an eLearning platform
and communities:
- universities,
- schools,
- communities,
- training companies and
- companies in general, which offer direct training to their workers.

For an introduction please read the followíng article:
"Learning Java Programming Language with Open Source Products and Technologies."




Have a lot of fun!

BTW. We are really happy if you want to join us! You can
just build your own components and we can integrate them
into OpenUSS and FSL.

Have a lot of fun!
Lofi Dewanto.

OpenUSS Homepage
FSL Homepage

OpenUSS and FSL at SourceForge
Reference Implementation

OpenUSS Team and Workgroups for version 1.4 and FSL version 3.2
Prof. Dr. Heinz Lothar Grob (http://www.wi.uni-muenster.de/aw)
Dr. Frank Bensberg
Dr. Jan vom Brocke

FSL architect, main development:
Mirko Wahn (awmiwa@wi.uni-muenster.de)

OpenUSS architect, main development:
Lofi Dewanto (dewanto@uni-muenster.de)

OpenUSS main development, components development,
spanish translation, skins development, documentation:
Arturo Morales (et at linux dot ajusco dot upn dot mx)
Ricardo Beltran (pks at linux dot ajusco dot upn dot mx)

OpenUSS new look&feel and CSS design, support, German
language resources:
Philipp Heltewig (openuss at heltewig dot de)

Formula editor for OpenUSS - OpenFormula:
Prof. Dr. Herbert Kuchen (http://www.wi.uni-muenster.de/pi)
Jan Kirchhoff (jkirchhoff at gmx dot de)

French translation:
Thierry.Nodenot (Thierry.Nodenot@iutbayonne.univ-pau.fr)

OpenUSS marketing and user support:
Alexander Ludi (openuss at yahoo dot com)

EJOSA Template, architect, main development:
Lofi Dewanto (dewanto@uni-muenster.de)

Again, I would like to thank to all the people above, who have done a great job to help OpenUSS and FSL reach this maturity level by now!
Also many thanks to all others, who already support us!
OpenUSS Members: http://sourceforge.net/projects/openuss

Cologne, 4th. June 2004,
Thank you!
Lofi Dewanto.

OpenUSS Version 1.4 and FSL 3.2
*** For users ***

- New design! OpenUSS looks pretty nice now. We use CSS and all the
  skins are now based on CSS as well. It is very easy to make your
  own skin!

- OpenUSS and FSL use the same concept: "Multi-Perspectives Concept".
  In OpenUSS you will find an enrollment of lecture with many
  perspectives (lecture materials, discussion, mailinglist, etc.).
  In FSL you will also find a learning unit with many perspectives
  (intro, text study, etc.). All these perspectives are easy to extend
  thanks to the component architecture of OpenUSS and FSL.

  If you work with Eclipse, you will see that this concept is
  just similar to Eclipse perspectives concept, which for example
  shows many perspectives (code, resource, cvs, etc.) for each project.

- OpenFormula integration. The discussion forum supports formula
  editor based on Java applet, to let you write your formulas easily.

- Profile for students and assistants are included.

- New perspective: FSL Installation/Download. Within this perspective
  you can install FSL automatically from the network.

- From within FSL you can now directly register as an OpenUSS user.

- A lot of new functionalities!

*** For developers ***

- OpenUSS 1.4 is still based on EJOSA Template 1.3.5.
  The use of EJOSA Template Revolutions 2.0 should be done
  in the next version of OpenUSS 2.0 Revolutions.

  More information about EJOSA
  EJOSA = Enterprise Java Open Source Architecture
  EJOSA = Enhydra and JOnAS Application

  New Release of EJOSA 2.0 Revolutions:


OpenUSS 2.0 To Do
Next steps and coming features:
- Update to EJOSA Revolutions 2.0 with MDA (Model Driven Architecture).
- Integration of OpenFjord (http://openfjord.sourceforge.net).
- Integration of OpenCPMS (Controlling of LMS OpenUSS).
- Integration of OpenGroup (Groups building component).
- Integration of Seminars Allocation System - Savus
- Integration of lportal EJB components as perspectives in OpenUSS

If you want to help us, please do not hesitate contacting us at
our developer mailinglist at SourceForge:

PAPER on eLearning and Open Source

Developing, Deploying, Using and Evaluating an Open Source
Learning Management System

Heinz Lothar Grob, Frank Bensberg, Blasius Lofi Dewanto

Every modern institution involved in higher education needs a Learning
Management System (LMS) to handle learning and teaching processes.
It is necessary to offer e. g. electronic lecture materials
to the students for download via the internet. In some educational
contexts, it is also necessary to offer internet tutorials to be
able to give the students more personal support and accompany them
through the whole lecture period. Many organisations have introduced
commercial LMS and gained the experience that monolithic solutions do
not fulfil the dynamic requirements of complex educational institutions
and are very cost-intensive. Therefore, many universities face the
decision to stick to their commercial LMS or to switch to a potentially
more cost-effective and flexible solution, for instance by adopting
available Open Source LMS. Since we have made profound experience in
developing and operating an Open Source LMS, this contribution
enlightens the main characteristics of this alternative.
This paper describes a use case dealing with a full product lifecycle
(development, deployment, use and evaluation) of an Open Source LMS at
the University of Muenster (Germany). It identifies relevant instruments
and aspects of system design which software architects in practical
application domains should pay attention to.