LePo: An Open-Source Learning Management System with Text Annotation and Content Curation Functions


Web-based Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are widely used in educational institutions mainly because no management cost for native client application and low development cost to adapt the system to multiple client platforms. And the progress in web-related technology makes it possible for web system to implement the functions which were possible only by native application. Based on this situation, we have developed a new web-based LMS named “LePo”. In addition to usual LMS functions like contents and assignments management, LePo has two original functions, Text Annotation (TA) and Content Curation (CC). TA is like a digital sticky. User can put text message on any page in learning materials and set its access level to private only or share with the course members. Using CC, user can collect specified part of web contents like text or image from any web pages, pack them with user's original texts and images, organize the contents in display order and share with the course members. Teachers can also put some contents into the student’s contents packages for instructional scaffolding. To collect web contents, LePo offers its bookmarklet and web browser extension. This CC is intended to be used as a preliminary step before writing a report or making a presentation slide in the classroom and to clarify student’s thoughts with the citations from web pages. We’ve developed LePo with mainly Ruby on Rails and released it as open-source software to encourage people to use it for their educational purposes and to share the experiences.

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Koichi Yoshizaki, Oita University, Japan
Hiroshi Hotta, Sonoda Women's University, Japan

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Conference: IICTCHawaii2017
Stream: Learning Systems Platforms

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