I am an EMS educator in New England and am looking at different LMS systems for our organization. I would like to talk with people who have information on these and the inner workings of them. Any information would be great.

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We have been using CentreLearn for the last two years.  We get a lot of utility out of doing "compliance courses" like OSHA and BBP out of it, and the test and survey features are quite helpful.  We have used the "library" courses quite a bit, but we have not so much developed our own content to put up there.  I like its transcripting and record-keeping features.

We use MOODLE 2.3.  We are using it not only for our Paramedic program, but for our con-ed and other EMS training.  We've also extended it into our fire service training as well.  The biggest drawback we have is that we cannot use it (or at least we haven't found a way yet) to track costs, and we use an oversized access database for that.  We've developed much of our own content, especially for con-ed.  Since it's on a completely different server than the Department's, it runs much better, and access is much more universal for us.  

Hi Chris,

When you originally set up your moodle site did you need a programer for the project? I understand your not able to track costs, but are you able to track compliance of students finishing projects or testing?

Dave



Chris Azevedo said:

We use MOODLE 2.3.  We are using it not only for our Paramedic program, but for our con-ed and other EMS training.  We've also extended it into our fire service training as well.  The biggest drawback we have is that we cannot use it (or at least we haven't found a way yet) to track costs, and we use an oversized access database for that.  We've developed much of our own content, especially for con-ed.  Since it's on a completely different server than the Department's, it runs much better, and access is much more universal for us.  

Hi Skip

I just had a demonstration of CentreLearn and found it to be a great program. They state there are no set up cost and only the yearly licensing fees. Have you looked into the process of adding your own content? Do you know of anyone using CentreLearn in a profit driven model? Which pricing structure did you guys go with?

Dave

Skip Kirkwood said:

We have been using CentreLearn for the last two years.  We get a lot of utility out of doing "compliance courses" like OSHA and BBP out of it, and the test and survey features are quite helpful.  We have used the "library" courses quite a bit, but we have not so much developed our own content to put up there.  I like its transcripting and record-keeping features.

Dave,

  We contracted through a company (PM me for the name) who runs the server and administrates some things about it (set up, etc)  They provided training for it, which had a cost, and they provide IT services including troubleshooting.  We did not--and still don't-employ a programmer, but it would definitely help to have an IT person who is well versed in such frameworks and in LMS's.  It isn't necessary, though.  We do track compliance with it for testing, course and assignment completion, etc, and it's very easy to do.

  At this point, much of our training is hybrid, that is a combination of live classroom training and on-line material.  So, there are some of the LMS features that we're not able to fully take advantage, of. But, we are very much into developing our own content, and we are experimenting with a great many things, so it's working out very well for us.  

David Spafford said:

Hi Chris,

When you originally set up your moodle site did you need a programer for the project? I understand your not able to track costs, but are you able to track compliance of students finishing projects or testing?

Dave



Chris Azevedo said:

We use MOODLE 2.3.  We are using it not only for our Paramedic program, but for our con-ed and other EMS training.  We've also extended it into our fire service training as well.  The biggest drawback we have is that we cannot use it (or at least we haven't found a way yet) to track costs, and we use an oversized access database for that.  We've developed much of our own content, especially for con-ed.  Since it's on a completely different server than the Department's, it runs much better, and access is much more universal for us.  

We have 85 employees using CentreLearn Standard, and are getting ready to upgrade to CentreLearn Complete in 2013.  I've also authored several custom courses and deployed them through CentreLearn.  Overall, it's been a great product for us.  Feel free to PM me with any questions you might have.

Greetings from Iowa!!

I am the EMS Coordinator for a career fire department here in Iowa.  A couple of years ago, I was tasked with finding an "alternative delivery method" for providing didactic EMS education.  Historically, we needed to conduct training nine times over three days to catch the majority of our personnel.  Being horribly ineffective and identifying "there has to be a better way", I embarked on a great learning experience.  At the other end of the journey, I identified Adobe Connect as the delivery method of choice.  It has a video conferencing system which includes a “light” LMS.  Ultimately a very good fit for our organization.  We conduct training regularly via Connect.  It is live, two way and interactive.  The best part is that we can keep crews in their own territory, thus reducing expenses associated with moving fire trucks around the City in order to do face to face training.  If you have any questions regarding our deployment or use of Connect, feel free to message me or contact me via email.  I have a variety of information available, including a "White Paper" outlining our success of using Connect.   I don't know if the folks at JEMS approve of that kind of information via the forum. 

 

Be safe out there…..

 

Jake

Hi "Jake",


Thank you for that information... Another avenue for me to investigate. I will take a look at Adobe Connect and see what I can do with it. Thank you very much for sharing that.

Dave
Brian "Jake" Jacobsen said:

Greetings from Iowa!!

I am the EMS Coordinator for a career fire department here in Iowa.  A couple of years ago, I was tasked with finding an "alternative delivery method" for providing didactic EMS education.  Historically, we needed to conduct training nine times over three days to catch the majority of our personnel.  Being horribly ineffective and identifying "there has to be a better way", I embarked on a great learning experience.  At the other end of the journey, I identified Adobe Connect as the delivery method of choice.  It has a video conferencing system which includes a “light” LMS.  Ultimately a very good fit for our organization.  We conduct training regularly via Connect.  It is live, two way and interactive.  The best part is that we can keep crews in their own territory, thus reducing expenses associated with moving fire trucks around the City in order to do face to face training.  If you have any questions regarding our deployment or use of Connect, feel free to message me or contact me via email.  I have a variety of information available, including a "White Paper" outlining our success of using Connect.   I don't know if the folks at JEMS approve of that kind of information via the forum. 

 

Be safe out there…..

 

Jake

Hey David,

If I can be of service as you look into Connect, please don't hesitate to ask.  i do NOT work for Adobe nor receive any monitary reward for recommending their product, but am very passionate about Connect and believe in the product's merit. 

Respectfully,

Jake

David, 

As a long time medic and current IT developer, I think the question lies in how much time/resources you are willing to invest in a LMS. The advantage to something like Centrelearn is canned content, a turn key system and most things you will want/need to track are preconfigured. The downside is that you're locked into the features and workflows built in. 

If you're willing to invest (either by learning how to run a site or contracting it out), I agree with Chris that Moodle's a great option. There's an incredible amount of flexibility and ability to innovate in the delivery of content and engagement of your students. Moodle's open source software, which means you can build whatever you want (within your resource limits) into the software. 

There's a lot of interesting things that could be done with Moodle and technologies like Google Hangout. 

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