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After creating the user name and password you may log in to the Fle2 server and join the course /class invited.
Besides the email invitation for the new users, the Course Administrator may add other participants to the course/class from a list of already registered users in the Fle2 server. This means that as the user has been once invited and registered him/herself (got username and password) to the Fle2 server he or she can be found from the list of users and added to any other of the new course/classes that are using the Fle2 server.
The System administrator of the Fle2 server may invite Course Administrators (people with right to create courses/classes and invite new users) in the same way as the Course Administrators may invite student users.
After creating your user name and password you may log in to the Fle2 server and the course/classes from the Fle2-server's home page or by using some direct web-address leading into course/class in the Fle2 server.
Picture 1: Filling Up / Editing Personal Details
It is important that you fill up this information, which will be the information about you available for other participants of the course / class.
In the Personal Details view you may also add your picture to the Fle2. If you do not have already picture available in the web (to which make a link/URL), you may bring your picture into your Webtop and add the link/URL to that picture. The picture must be in .jpg or .gif format and the recommended size of the picture is 50x60 pixels.
After filling up the personal details you have to save the information by pressing the 'Save Changes' -button.
You may later change and edit your personal details, as well. The place to edit your Personal Details, Preferences and Password can be found by clicking your name or picture in the left corner of your WebTop.
Picture 2: General Navigation bars of the Fle2
The top bar contains:
The left side bar contains links to the
If the user is a Course Administrator and/or System Administrator
the left navigation bar contains two extra links:
The left side bar contains links to the different modules:
If the user is a Course Administrator and/or System Administrator the left navigation bar contains two extra links:
Picture 3: 'Untouched' WebTop
The automatically created elements on your Webtop are:
Picture 4: Upper tool bar of your WebTop
The upper tool bar of the WebTop contains the following functionalities:
The new elements are always added on the WebTop or inside a folder when the it is open.
Picture 5: Lower tool bar of your WebTop, one Folder and Document created
The lower toolbar of the WebTop (and an open folder) includes the following functionalities:
Under every document and link created by you there is a [Modify] -link for renaming, editing, replacing and converting the file in question.
Folders and documents added by you have also a small square (a checkbox) in the left hand to make the selection.
In other users WebTop you may only see and take copies of the material founded. Other functions like deleting or creating new documents appear in gray, and are therefore inactive.
To get in touch with the owner of the WebTop visited you may post Stickie(s) in to the WebTop.
In every course there is an Announcement discussion area to direct and organize the working of the group. 'New announcement' starts a new discussion tread. All members of the group may add new announcement notes and comment announcements left by other members. When the 'Course Administrator' creates a new course the system creates automatically an 'Announcement' -area for it.
Within the Announcement -area the Knowledge Building contain one (or several) Course Context -areas to build knowledge of different topics of the course. The Course Context topic and description is written by Course administrator.
In the Knowledge Building main view you see links to those which you have not yet read. From the [Fold Out] and [Fold In] -link you may control how much information about the Course Context will be visible in the first view.
Each Course Context contains a topic and a textual description of the context. Under these Course Contexts, there can be several Starting Problems which all starts new discussion treads. The Starting Problem is meant to be a major problem, which will be analyzed and solved in the Knowledge Building discussion.
Picture 6: Top level of the Knowledge Building
Picture 7: Reading Knowledge Building notes
When writing new Knowledge Building note you are asked to label your contribution with a Category of Inquiry (see the next section). In every note you have to give a title, too. If you are replying to someone else's note you will see the text you are answering in the field with reference to the original write. You may edit the text and add your own ideas to the middle of the original text. You may also add link and file attachment into your note. Before adding your note to the discussion you are asked to preview your note. From the preview window you may them send the note to Knowledge Building.
Picture 8: Writing Knowledge Building notes
The categories used in Fle2 are the following: Problem, My Working Theory, Deepening Knowledge, Comment, Meta-comment, Summary and Help.
Problem - your study problem in research. The learning process aims at answering to the problems presented by the students. The purpose of defining a problem statement is to explicate your learning goals, to explain your research interests and also to introduce the questions that are directing your inquiry. After critically viewing the present working theories and by introducing new deepening knowledge to the discussion, also new subordinate problems can be defined.
My Working Theory - Working theory presents your own conceptions (hypothesis, theory, explanation, interpretation) about the problems presented by yourself or some of your fellow students. A working theory is not necessarily well defined or articulated early in the inquiry process. However, it is crucial that the explication of your working theories evolves during the process and your working theories become more refined and developed.
Deepening Knowledge - Deepening Knowledge presents some scientific findings or other knowledge that you have sought. Under Deepening Knowledge you may brings to the discussion some new points of view or otherwise helps the inquiry process to continue. It differs from the working theory in that it represents knowledge produced by others, generally some authority or expert. Working theories should be your own ideas where as Deepening Knowledge is some ones else idea in the area in concern.
Comment - Your more general comment to the inquiry process. The comment can be presented for example to someone else's working theory. A comment is used to ask for clarification, more thorough explanation, opinion and so on. With a comment message you can also provide help for other learners' problem-solving process.
Meta-comment - Your comment that focuses on the inquiry process and its methods instead of the process outcomes. With a Meta-comment you may evaluate e.g. whether the process is progressing in the desired direction, whether appropriate methods are used, how sharing of tasks and inquiry process is accomplished among the members of the learning community.
Summary - with a summary you draw pieces of the discussion together and provide inferences based on the discussion in the Knowledge Building. The summary may aim at identifying a new Course Context or may reflect the views of the writer on the progression of the inquiry learning process.
Help - Using the Help-category tells that you have, in your work, come across some difficulties where you need guidance from others to be able to proceed.
Picture 10: Sorting Knowledge Building notes
To use the Chat write your name or nick to the name field and press enter. In the main window you will see who else is taking part in the chat. Write your messages to the text field at the bottom. In Chat you may also create new rooms and list all users by pressing 'People/Rooms' -button.
Picture 11: chat window