Meeting on Jan 27th: Moving from Linear to Non-Linear E-Learning Environments – Two Case Examples from the Cure4Kids Global Learning Network

You are invited to the monthly meeting of the E-Learning Network–a group of e-learning professionals representing Memphis-area corporations and organizations.

  • When: 11:45 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., Thursday, January 27th, 2011
  • Where: University of Memphis, College of Education, Ball Hall 320
  • Featured Speaker: Yuri Quintana
  • Who’s Invited: anyone interested in teaching and learning, particularly in the workforce
  • You are welcome to bring your lunch.

About the E-Learning Network: http://eln.teachable.org

Moving from Linear to Non-Linear E-Learning Environments – Two Case Examples from  the Cure4Kids Global Learning Network

Yuri Quintana, Ph.D.
Director for Education and Informatics in the International Outreach Program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Abstract

This presentation will give an overview of the Cure4Kids Global Learning Network, and summarize key interactive design challenges. The  purpose of the Cure4Kids program (www.Cure4Kids.org) is to deliver education worldwide to health professionals and children focused on childhood catastrophic diseases such as cancer. As of January 2011, Cure4Kids has provided free educational content to more than 25,000 doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals in 175 countries. Cure4Kids has over 1,600 online seminars and conferences with audio narration, electronic text books and journals, and self-paced online courses. Selected materials are offered  in several languages. The site contains presentations from 44 international conferences. Since 2002, site members have downloaded more than 4 million items. Over 250 international groups meet online for collaborative learning and collaborations. Future work will involve non-linear pathways for interactive online medical cases. The Cure4Kids team has also developed the St. Jude Cancer Education for Children (Cure4Kids for Kids) program that helps school children, parents, and teachers understand the basic science and treatment of cancer. The program focuses on three main objectives: 1) addressing common misconceptions about childhood cancer, 2) instilling healthy habits in children that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer as an adult, and 3) increasing children’s overall interest in science and scientific careers. A multidisciplinary team developed the age-appropriate educational materials in collaboration with national experts. The new Cure4Kids for Kids website (www.Cure4Kids.org/Kids) makes the St. Jude Cancer Education for Children Program available to children across the country and the world. Cartoon characters serve as tour guides throughout the narrated books, interactive games, glossary, and question and answer sections of the site. Future plans include adapting the content to different levels of learning abilities, other cultures, and international deployments. The talk will emphasize the need to move from linear learning pathways to non-linear learning environments with tailored messages.

Bio Sketch

At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Yuri Quintana, Ph.D. is the Director for Education and Informatics in the International Outreach Program. Dr. Quintana has led the development of Cure4Kids (www.Cure4Kids.org) an online pediatric cancer education and collaboration Web site used by thousands of health professionals worldwide; Cure4Kids for Kids, a community outreach education program to educate children and communities about cancer and healthy living; and Pond4Kids, an online system used for international pediatric cancer protocol research. Prior to coming to St. Jude, Quintana was a principal investigator in the Canadian HealNet Research Network focusing on consumer health informatics; while there, he designed online cancer decision support systems for the Canadian Cancer Society.  Formerly a faculty member at the University of Western Ontario, Quintana also served as director of the New Media Research Lab developing innovations in interactive media and online education. He has held high-tech positions at IBM Canada Limited, Watcom, and academic appointment at the University of Waterloo and the University of Victoria. He has been the chair of four international conferences on medical informatics.  Quintana earned master’s and doctoral degrees in systems design engineering and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science, all from the University of Waterloo. He is the Chair of the IEEE Memphis Computer Society, Senior Member of ACM, and a member of AMIA, AACE, and ASIS&T. Quintana is currently focused on developing innovative technologies that empower communities of health care professionals and consumers to learn, communicate and collaborate on a worldwide basis.

For more information on Cure4Kids, please visit http://www.cure4kids.org

1 thought on “Meeting on Jan 27th: Moving from Linear to Non-Linear E-Learning Environments – Two Case Examples from the Cure4Kids Global Learning Network

  1. Pingback: Meeting on Jan 27th: Moving from Linear to Non-Linear E-Learning Environments – Two Case Examples from the Cure4Kids Global Learning Network | E-Learning Network « IDT News

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