Major Findings on this project

1. Virtual university environment maximizes each university’s resources.

Even if the learning resource in each university is limited, we could offer a more access and leverage potential learning resources by sharing them among universities. This is not a merger of universities, but a moderate coalition. Therefore, each university does not lose their identities, discretions and freedoms.

2. Intercollegiate exchange cultivates “Learning Communities.”

Because we can overcome some physical constraints such as distance and time by utilizing the framework of F-LECCS, many intercollegiate workshops and symposiums have been held regularly, and the better relationships accelerate the collaborations in various fields. Many undergraduate students also participated in intercollegiate activities, and they started to form some learning communities as “Communities of Practice.” There are about 110 learning communities in the SNS, and more than 1,200 topics are being discussed constantly. These results cannot be achieved without F-LECCS framework. To put our project into practice, we set up the consortium and five teams below.

3. F-LECCS as an intercollegiate ICT Platform plays a great role

In this project, ICT - Information and Communication Technology, plays a great role for the flexible and moderate alliance among universities. Although many educational institutions have installed IT based communication tools such as SNS, explicit outcome has not been reported yet. Main distinction of F-LECCS system is the combination of SNS, LMS, and e-Portfolio. SNS works as a tool for informal communication and learning within and among universities. Although many universities have adopted commercial-service based SNS such as Facebook, and MySpace, F-LECCS project built our own original SNS system so that we can control the learning environments and communities to some extent for our educational purposes. On the other hand, LMS is used in a classroom for formal communication and learning. Supporting these activities above, e-Portfolio helps users visualize their histories and outcomes of learning.