The Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) is an Open Source project based at Tufts University. The VUE project is focused on creating flexible tools for managing and integrating digital resources in support of teaching, learning and research. VUE provides a flexible visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information. VUE is Java based program.
How is VUE different from existing concept mapping software?
Concept maps have had a long and fruitful history in education for both teaching and learning. They provide visual representations of complex ideas or processes and the ways in which these elements are connected or interrelated. When concept maps and the ideas they represent are connected to digital resources, as in VUE, concept maps also become content maps. VUE was designed based upon the need for easy access to and organization of digital content, whether local or stored in persistent digital library systems. The data sources and resource panels are designed to place digital files at your fingertips in support of content mapping. In addition to an emphasis on mapping digital content, VUE also allows map authors to create visual pathways through a content map and supports the assignment of author-defined metadata to map elements. These features make complex maps accessible to learners by providing a guided tour of the content and by allowing users to search for, display and/or conceal map elements in support of customized presentations.
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