Online Studio-Based Learning Environment

NOTICE: Starting the spring, 2016 semester at Washington State University (1/11/2016) will no longer be actively developed/maintained. In its place, OSBLE+ (located at is now the actively developed/maintained OSBLE course management system.

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Online Studio-Based Learning Environment (OSBLE) is an open-source learning management environment specifically tailored to support studio-based learning activities in both online and face-to-face courses. With funding from the National Science Foundation, OSBLE has been developed by members of the Human-centered Environments for Learning and Programming (HELP) Lab ( in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University. The HELP Lab is directed by Dr. Chris Hundhausen. As teachers and researchers, the developers of OSBLE care about your privacy. Accordingly, we have established the privacy policy outlined below.

How does OSBLE help you to protect your privacy?

What data does OSBLE store?

OSBLE is an online learning management environment intended to be used as a resource for both face-to-face and online high school and college courses. As such, OSBLE necessarily stores the following personal information:

Who has access to your personal data, and to what extent?

How long will your data be stored on OSBLE, and for how long will you and others have access to it?


The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was developed to protect the privacy of student records. While much of the responsibility of adhering to FERPA regulations rests with school administrators and course instructors, FERPA does have implications for learning management systems like OSBLE. Below, we identify these implications, and discuss how OSBLE has been designed to make it easy to address them.

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