Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Open Source LMS But Were Afraid to Ask or Opportunities and Challenges of Open Source LMS

  • Time: 11:30am — 1:00pm. Jan. 24, 2008
  • Location: FedEx Institute of Technology, Room 405

Yuri Richard Aman Jared
Cure4Kids Technical Team from St. Jude Children’s’ Research Hospital

Abstract: This presentation will describe Open Source LMS, licenses and business cases. An overview will be given of open source LMS systems (Sakai, ATutor, Moodle). The presentation will include open issues and challenges of deployment and integration with the Cure4Kids online learning network.

MapAbout Cure4Kids: Cure4Kids is the leading education and collaboration web site dedicated to supporting the care of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases worldwide. Cure4Kids provides not only high quality content for continuing education but also web communication tools to support collaborations among pediatric oncologists and health professionals worldwide. All content and services are provided at no cost to the users. Cure4Kids provides educational content to more than 12,000 doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in 156 countries. Content is presented in the form of online seminars and conferences with audio narration; electronic full-text books and journals; and online self-paced courses. All material can be easily downloaded and shared for educational use. Cure4Kids is developed by the International Outreach Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

As of November 1, 2007,

  • Cure4Kids.org has over 12,000 users in 156 countries.
  • Over 1 million items have been downloaded.

Yuri Quintana, Ph.D, Director, Education and Informatics, International Outreach Program

YuriQuintana is education director for the International Outreach Program at St. Jude, where he directs the Cure4Kids project, a medical educational Web site dedicated to the optimal treatment of children with catastrophic illnesses. Quintana has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science and master’s and doctoral degrees in systems design engineering, all from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Prior to coming to St. Jude, Quintana was a faculty member at the University of Western Ontario, and a member of the HEALNet Canadian Research Centre of Excellence on Evidence-based Medicine. Quintana has developed several Internet-based medical education systems for doctors and consumers. He has organized conferences in interactive media, served as director of the New Media Lab, and mentored graduate students in the area of interactive media and consumer health. Quintana previously worked for IBM Canada Limited in research and development positions. Quintana’s focus is the development of technologies that empower consumers and doctors to communicate, learn and collaborate on a worldwide basis.

Richard O’Brien, Educational Technologies Administrator, International Outreach Program

RichardRichard O’Brien has more than 30 years experience in the field of medical education technology. He was an early advocate of computer-assisted instruction in both instructional design and programming capacities. His role as technician and programmer with the Computer-Based Education Research Laboratory’s PLATO project at the University of Illinois in the mid-1970s introduced him to ARPANET, which enabled him to be one of the first individuals to use what is known today as the Internet. O’Brien has a diverse background in media arts including cinematography, photography and video.

Aman Patel, Web/Database Developer, International Outreach Program

AmanPatel earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with emphasis in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Christian Brothers University in 2003. Patel currently develops interactive Web sites for International Outreach. He is involved in two main projects: http://www.Cure4Kids.org (a medical educational Web site) and POND (Pediatric Oncology Network Database). He has extensive skills in database design, query language and Web scripting languages. Prior to joining International Outreach, Patel worked on an open source Web bulletin board software called ActiveBoard, written entirely in Perl scripting language.

Jared Becksfort, MS, Web/Database Developer, International Outreach Program

JaredBecksfort has an MS in electrical engineering and a BS in computer engineering, both from The University of Memphis. He worked for two years as an RF engineer at a Memphis-based telecommunications company called Wireless Partners. He also worked briefly as a contractor at the U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, and it is the organization for which he did his graduate research. Becksfort develops Internet software for the Cure4Kids online learning network.


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