The Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) project at Tufts UIT Academic Technology is focused on creating flexible tools for integrating digital resources into teaching and learning. VUE provides a visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information. Using VUE's concept mapping interface, faculty and students design semantic networks of digital resources drawn from digital libraries, local and remote file systems and the Web. The resulting content maps can then be viewed and exchanged online.
Release 1.5 is a major step toward VUE 2 which will provide a range of new features including presentation tools, support for RDF and integration support for learning management systems (LMS/VLEs) and other educational software environments. The goal is to define a new genre of educational software focused on the direct support of exploring, connecting and thinking with digital content.