MedCIS/CAREO Integration

I just published the latest version of CAREO to the Faculty of Medicine’s server. It’s got some custom stuff in it to help them integrate into their SunOne environment, and a new theme that looks just like the rest of their portal. Seems to work great!

CAREO Extreme

King Huang, another Learning Commons employee, who has been gracious enough to volunteer to contribute to the CAREO project in his spare time (i.e., when he’s not actively doing OTHER projects around here – he’s our resident Jack of All Trades). He has been working like a crazed madman, pumping out his interpretation of CAREO. He’s basically doing a rebuild, refactoring stuff to be more modular (with plugins etc…) so that it is more reusable as an application development framework. Very cool stuff.

He’s just announced a running prototype of what he calls “CAREO Extreme”, and it’s some pretty cool stuff.

Some amazing work going on there. Makes me realize how much duct tape and bubblegum is in the current “live” CAREO. Really looking forward to migrating things over to the new frameworks! The database-level stuff won’t be altered, just the codebase that runs the repository, so existing installations of CAREO will be able to be upgraded to the new code without much trouble.

Oh, and there is a LOT of other cool stuff that he’s planning on implementing. Stuff that will get actually USED. By instructors AND students. Cool!

ps. welcome, King, to the weblog world!

Future eLearning (trends to watch for)

This came from Internet Time.

The Longer Term Future for eLearning
About fifty of us participated in the April meeting of eLearning Forum this morning. Forty people met F2F in a classroom at the HP Nonstop Learning Center; eight to ten people joined us remotely via HP Virtual Classroom, a private-labeled Placeware derivative.

They talked about upcoming (and current) trends in eLearning. Good things to keep an eye on. Hopefully they’ll post more detailed proceedings later.

Add Object to CAREO: Upload Media

It seems like a minor thing, but the functionality it provides is quite important. Until now, the “Add Object” form in CAREO assumed the media was already web-accessible somewhere. If it wasn’t, you were expected to get it onto the web somehow (FTP to your own server, iDisk, whatever…).

I just added a feature (at the request of our MedCIS folks) that allows users to upload media to our server, and return the URL of the published resource into the correct field in the metadata entry form. Seems like a little thing, but this takes out the FTP, verification of URL, etc… Easy Peasy.

Here’s what it looks like:

Note that any user of CAREO can add objects (metadata AND media now). All they have to do is log in and hit Add Object.

Programmer vs. Developer

Just came across this post (via CodeIntensity) containing tongue-in-cheek definitions of a developer and programmer:

  • Programmer: A biological machine designed to convert caffeine into code.
  • Developer: A person who develops working systems by writing and using software.

That’s actually a really good distinction.