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The DUNES system

A product of the constructivist approach, DUNES sees the individual, the interactions with his/her peers and the deep engagement in his/her activities (through appropriate tasks and tools) as central factors for learning. DUNES promotes learning by building on argumentative discussions as the learning engine, assigning to the collective generation of their graphical representation a crucial role in the process.

The DUNES system provides a unique environment for conducting synchronous written discussions on Inter/intra-net. The argumentative interaction is supported by the "Digalo" tool - a graphical editor that allows the users (pupils, students, teacher/moderator) to create and handle argumentative maps. These maps provide an easy-to-grasp picture of the discussion as it progresses - who said what, when, to whom, etc. - together with valuable information on its argumentative form and structure. Digalo is combined in DUNES with other tools within "Paseo" - the client desktop - all friendly accessible through the "Oasis" portal, intended to ease the utilisation of the system and the management of learning sessions in a school environment. Several functions allow defining individual users and groups, allocating users' rights, handling files, chat and vote facilities, application sharing, etc. The system also features powerful "awareness tools" to provide the participants and researchers additional information on the discussion, enabling a more complete observation and analysis.

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The School of Education - Mt. Scopus Campus
91905 Jerusalem
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