Dialogical Reasoning Educational Webtool
DREW aims to support collaborative reflection and debate between students
across the Internet.
Main technical characteristics of the software:
- Works in a regular client-server environment.
- Easily extensible: additional collaborative modules can be added, it is
just an applet to write.
- Based on open protocols and open technology (XML, Java, ...)
- Portable: it runs on several platforms (PC / Mac / Sun) and OS (Windows,
Linux, MacOS, etc.)
- Has a localisable interface (six languages currently supported: English, French,
Dutch, Portuguese, Finnish, Hungarian - easy to extend).
- Needs no installation on the client side.
- Messages are exchanged in a synchronous way between two or more persons by
means of communication tools named shared Drewlets. At the moment there
are six main Drewlets in DREW which allow users to debate.
- DREW is entirely written in Java and available under the terms of the
Lesser General Public Licence (LGPL).
- Clients are regular web browsers with Java applets and therefore do not
need any further specific software to run.
The actual DREW modules, the Drewlets are:
- Collaborative text editor;
- Argumentative graph editor, (individual or collaborative);
- Structured chat (named "Alex");
- Ballot box.
Six languages available at the moment: English, French,
Dutch, Portuguese, Finnish, Hungarian.
Drew installer can be found in Download menu.
Online version of Drew can be found in Scale tools menu.