Announcements

  • Senior Web Developer Position Available
    Published Tue Feb 2nd 2016

    We are looking for skilled web developers to join our well established development team. We work beside some of the brightest and highly educated experts in the country to pioneer new educational technology software and open-source platforms that support teaching and learning here at Queen’s. If you consider yourself a talented PHP developer with excellent MySQL database skills and a passion for pioneering, please apply for our continuing Senior Web Developer position (#2016-027) through the Queen’s Human Resources website.

  • Scheduled Server Maintenance
    Published Sun Jan 31st 2016

    Please be advised that we will be performing regularly scheduled system maintenance on all of our servers beginning at 9:00AM until approximately 11:00AM on Sunday, January 31st. During this time some web services may intermittent or unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • Unscheduled Web Service Outage
    Published Sat Jan 10th 2015

    Please be advised that there was an unscheduled outage of web services in the Faculty of Health Sciences due to hardware failure beginning at around 4:30PM on Friday, January 9th until approximately 9:30AM on Saturday, January 10th, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. All services have now returned to normal, but if you notice an issue please contact us at healthsci.support@queensu.ca.

  • Department of Family Medicine Website Update
    Published Tue Nov 18th 2014

    A mid-cycle visual template upgrade was released for the Department of Family Medicine website at http://familymedicine.queensu.ca. This new design is optimized for a mobile browsing experience, and provides visitors with a lighter, more modern appearance.

    If you have any comments or suggestions on the overall look, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • Central 4.6.1 Release on October 1st
    Published Tue Sep 16th 2014

    The Health Sciences Education Technology Unit has been busy working on a few new features that we are excited to bring to your attention. These new features will be available in MEdTech, Sonit, Rehab, and Helix Central as of October 1st at around 7:30AM after the upgrade takes place.

    1. Adding Resources to Learning Events

    Learning Event Resources - Student View

    Admin > Manage Events > Event Content

    We have completely redesigned the way that resources (i.e. files, links, and quizzes) are added to Learning Events and displayed to learners in Student View. This new view utilizes much of the information we have been collecting for years during the upload process, like “Should this resource be considered optional or required?” and “When should this resource be used by the learner?” then displays it to learners in a clear and user friendly timeline on the Learning Event page.

    It is important that when faculty members are uploading content to Learning Events that they take these classifications into account because this information can be extremely useful to learners as they prepare for class. It clearly shows them what they need to do to prepare for class, and what resources are required versus what is informational only.

    In the future these classifications will also be used to provide learners with very useful checklists on their Dashboard, identifying all of the activities they needed to complete before classes for the week.

    2. Curriculum Explorer Updates

    Curriculum > Curriculum Explorer

    We have done some really nice enhancements to the Curriculum Explorer which is now able to show not only where objectives (at any level) are mapped to Courses, and Learning Events, but also Gradebook Assessments. Faculty members and staff can use this tool to really explore the curriculum at all levels.

    3. New Curriculum Matrix

    Curriculum > Curriculum Matrix

    You may already be familiar with the “Competencies by Course” report (referred to as Curriculum Matrix in the Curriculum tab). This frequently used report dynamically showed where the Queen’s Red Book Competencies were linked to Courses in. We had a requirement come in to produce the same style of report for MCC Presentations, and that request was the catalyst for the creation of the new Curriculum Matrix tool. This new tool (accessible from the Curriculum tab) will allow the user to select any level of any objective set (Queen’s Red Book Objectives, MCC Presentations, etc) and see where exactly that objective, or objectives beneath it, are mapped in the curriculum.
    Curriculum Matrix

    4. Uploading Images or Documents, and Embedding Video

    One of the most frequently requested features by faculty has been the ability to easily upload images or documents, and embed video into rich text areas throughout the platform.  With this release we are pleased to announce that you can now do this within any of the rich text areas. To upload images or documents you wish to share click the “Browse Server” button from within the “Image” or “Link” icons. This will open your personal “My Files” storage area where you can upload images or documents from your local computer. Once you upload the image or document, clicking it will embed the image or document directly in the rich text area. You can also embed video from the Queen’s Streaming Server, YouTube, or Vimeo into any rich text area by clicking the “Embed Media” icon, and pasting in the “Embed Code”.

    CKEditor Screen + My Files

     

    If you have any questions or would like to arrange a training session, please contact the Education Technology Unit at 613-533-6000 x74294.

    Best Regards,
    Matt Simpson

    Manager, Education Technology
    Faculty of Health Sciences,
    Queen’s University
    Abramsky Hall, Room 206
    Kingston, Ontario
    Canada, K7L 3N6

    Phone:    613-533-6000 x78146
    E-mail:    simpson@queensu.ca
    Web:       https://healthsci.queensu.ca/technology
    Twitter:   @m_simpson

  • New School of Rehabilitation Therapy Website Launched
    Published Wed Aug 13th 2014

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Queen’s University, School of Rehabilitation Therapy website, which is available at http://rehab.queensu.ca. This new design is optimized for a mobile browsing experience, and provides visitors with a lighter, more modern appearance.

    If you have any comments or suggestions on the overall look, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • ePre-Health Website Launched
    Published Fri Aug 8th 2014

    ePre-Health is a fully online Bachelor of Science degree program (BSc or BScH) soon to be offered by Queen's University for students seeking a foundational education that prepares them to apply to a variety of healthcare professional programs. Courses can be completed at your own pace, from anywhere around the world, as long as you have an Internet connection.

    For more information about this exciting program, please visit the Queen's ePre-Health website.

  • Medical Trainee Data Collection System Beta Launched
    Published Fri Aug 1st 2014

    We have just launched the beta release of the Queen's Medical Trainee Data Collection System. This web-application is designed to collect Clerk and Resident hospital location data throughout our designated region, and report this information to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Hospital administrator training will get underway shortly as we phase in the use of the system. If you have any questions, please contact Jordan Sinnett (or 1-613-533-6000 x75431).

  • Central 4.6.0 Release Announcement
    Published Wed Jul 30th 2014

    We are pleased to announce the releases of MEdTech, SONIT, Rehab, and Helix Central version 4.6.0 this week. This new release includes some very exciting new features, and significant refinements to some existing features, and we hope you enjoy the new functionality.

    What’s New?

     

    In addition to many user interface and user experience improvements to existing areas within the application you will find the following platform enhancements:

    Recurring Learning Events

    Creating repeating events just became a whole lot easier thanks to the new ability to schedule recurring Learning Events. You can now create daily, weekly, or monthly recurring Learning Events with a variety of advanced options. Updating most content within these recurring events can be done at high level, and you can select which of the recurring events this change impacts.

    Synchronize Course Enrolment

    Administrators and course directors can now synchronize course enrolment with Solus on-demand, you no longer need to wait for a nightly synchronization script.

    Synchronize Small Groups

    In addition to being able to synchronize course enrolment on-demand, you can now also synchronize small groups for a course. This feature will detect if there are any small groups already being maintained within Solus and if any groups are found the group structure will be duplicated, synchronized and maintained automatically.

    Learner Activity and Statistical Information

    This new feature gives administrators and faculty members the ability to see how many of their learners have accessed the learning event and it’s material.

    BasicLTI Integration

    Our continuing effort to increase the interoperability with third-party learning tools has brought us to add BasicLTI Consumer support. System administrators and faculty members can now connect to external BasicLTI Providers through the Course Website / Community system, as well as through Learning Events. This feature works great for connecting to Library eReserves (Ares), Publisher platforms, and other external learning tools.

    MeSH Keywords Support

    Administrators and faculty members now have the ability to link MeSH keywords to both Courses and Learning Events. This feature is currently disabled in our environment, but it is available if we are ever asked to implement this.

    Clinical Encounter Logging Enhancements

    We now allow Residents to log clinical encounters from within the MEdTech Central app (available for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry 10). This feature gives Residents the freedom to enter what they learn on the fly while it is fresh in their minds.

    Quiz Module Question Grouping

    When attaching quizzes to Learning Events or Course Websites, faculty members can have the option to randomize the questions within the quiz. In most scenarios this feature has worked very well, except for when certain quiz questions needed to be grouped together. The perfect example of this presented itself when a quiz had case based questions in it, and those questions needed to remain in sequence. Randomizing such a quiz would move case based questions in with other random quiz questions resulting in a question sequence that did not make sense. Now when authoring a quiz, faculty members can group those sets of questions together, while still having the benefits of randomizing the overall quiz.

    First Time Login Terms of Use / Copyright Agreement

    We will shortly be introducing a copyright agreement that must be accepted by all users (faculty, staff, and learners) when they log into the software. The statement basically asks you to acknowledge that you cannot post illegal content to the system, and that you’ve read the Queen’s Copyright Guidelines.

    Course Specific Learning Event Calendars

    Faculty, staff, and students can use tools like Microsoft Outlook, Apple iCal, Google Calendar, etc. to subscribe to a calendar for a particular course.

    Linking Gradebook Assessments to Learning Events

    This feature allows us to link Gradebook Assessments to Learning Events, which provides us with a powerful tool for tracking and reporting on the curriculum in both how it is delivered and how it is assessed.

    Learning Event Draft Schedule Import Enhancements

    The CSV import tool now allows administrators and faculty members to import Comma Separated Values (CSV) data in any column order they wish. The new column mapping feature then allows you to map required and non-required fields to the columns in your file.

    Gradebook Assignment Dashboard Notices

    When attaching an Assignment Dropbox to a Gradebook Assessment administrators and faculty members now have the option of automatically notify the affected learners through a Dashboard Notice.

    Default Community Template Facelift

    The redesigned default community template gives your community a sleek more modern look and feel while making the user experience that much more enjoyable. You can also embed media (audio, video, etc) within announcements, discussion posts, and more.

    AAMC Curriculum Inventory Reporting

    As part of our commitment to developing a highly flexible, interoperable and robust integrated teaching and learning environment we have added the ability to export the curriculum to the MedBiquitous Curriculum Inventory data standard (ANSI/MEDBIQ CI.10.1-2013). This XML formatted export allows us seamlessly upload the Undergraduate Medical curriculum to the AAMC Curriculum Inventory Portal.

     

    For further information or clarification regarding information contained in this release announcement please contact:

     

    Matt Simpson

    Manager, Education Technology

    Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University

    Telephone: +1 613-533-6000 x78146

    E-Mail: simpson@queensu.ca

  • New School of Nursing Website Launched
    Published Thu Jul 10th 2014

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Queen’s University, School of Nursing website, available at http://nursing.queensu.ca. This new design is optimized for a mobile browsing experience, and provides visitors with a lighter, more modern appearance.

    If you have any comments or suggestions on the overall look, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • New School of Medicine Website Launched
    Published Mon Jun 23rd 2014

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Queen’s University, School of Medicine website, available at http://meds.queensu.ca. This new design is optimized for a mobile browsing experience, and provides visitors with a lighter, more modern appearance.

    If you have any comments or suggestions on the overall look, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • Common Credentialing System (beta)
    Published Fri Apr 11th 2014

    The Health Sciences Education Technology Unit is pleased to announce the beta release of the Common Credentialing System. This system allows physicians and faculty members at our partner institutions to submit their reappointment applications through a web-based process for approval.

    The Common Credentialing System was developed by the Health Sciences Education Technology Unit in partnership with Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital, Ongwanada, Providence Care and the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Association.

    The beta release of the Common Credentialing System is currently in pilot phase for regular attending staff in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Other departments within partner institutions will be granted access to the Common Credentialing System once the pilot phase has been completed.

  • MEdTech is Now Health Sciences Education Technology Unit
    Published Mon Mar 24th 2014

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Reznick for officially announcing our name change to the Health Science Education Technology Unit today.

    The School of Medicine launched the MEdTech Unit 10 years ago, and with the support of our School of Nursing, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, and Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences we have been able to expand our services and provide support to learners, faculty, and administrative staff throughout the Faculty of Health Sciences.

  • Scheduled Service Outage
    Published Thu Dec 20th 2012

    Please be aware that we will be performing routine maintenance on various web services on Thursday, December 20th from approximately 4:00PM - 5:00PM EST. During this time you may experience intermittent outages while we restart services and upgrade software. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Please note that for up to date server status information please follow us on Twitter: @medtechalerts 

  • MEdTech Central Upgrade
    Published Wed Aug 31st 2011

    Please be advised that MEdTech Central will be unavailable for approximately 2 hours starting at 7:00PM on Wednesday, August 31st for a scheduled upgrade. More information on all of the new features and fixes will be available shortly there after. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. -Matt Simpson, Medical Education Technology

  • Fall Schedule in MEdTech Central
    Published Fri Aug 26th 2011


    Just a quick note to inform you that MEdTech Central will be offline for approximately 10 minutes around 9:00PM today (August 26) while the schedule is being imported into the system.

  • Scheduled Web Service Outage
    Published Thu Aug 25th 2011

    Please be advised that due to a required electrical shutdown at 18 Barrie Street, we are required to schedule a service outage for all web and database services on Monday, August 29th from 4:20AM until 7:30AM. This includes websites for meds.queensu.ca, nursing.queensu.ca, rehab.queensu.ca, healthsci.queensu.ca, seamo.ca, and qmed.ca, as well as MEdTech Central, SONIT Central, and Rehab Central.

    Also note we have been unable to move our servers into the server room in the new medical school building due to the flooding that occurred last month. Once our equipment is moved into the new location we will be on full backup generator power and power outages like the one currently scheduled would not affect service.

  • Scheduled Downtime of Meds Server
    Published Fri Aug 12th 2011

    A quick note to inform you that there are two scheduled downtime events for the meds.queensu.ca server:

    1. Wednesday, August 17th at 7:50AM for approximately 10 minutes.
    2. Thursday, August 18th at 7:50AM for approximately 10 minutes.

    This downtime means that all websites and services (i.e. MEdTech Central, SONIT Central, and Rehab Central) will be offline during the outage. The outage is necessary in order to reboot the server and apply operating system updates.

  • Urgent Downtime Alert
    Published Fri Jul 29th 2011

    A quick message to inform you that all web-services provided by the MEdTech Unit including meds.queensu.ca, nursing.queensu.ca, and rehab.queensu.ca, etc are currently unavailable. There is flooding the server room and we are working to bring services back online.