RSS Feed
Latest Updates
Senior Web Developer Position Available
Posted by Matt Simpson on 02 February 2016 04:01 PM

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.

Read more »

Scheduled Server Maintenance
Posted by Matt Simpson on 31 January 2016 08:48 AM

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.

Read more »

Unscheduled Web Service Outage
Posted by Matt Simpson on 10 January 2015 01:43 PM

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

Read more »

Department of Family Medicine Website Update
Posted by Matt Simpson on 19 November 2014 05:15 PM

A mid-cycle visual template upgrade was released for the Department of Family Medicine website at 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.

Read more »

Central 4.6.1 Release on October 1st
Posted by Matt Simpson on 16 September 2014 10:28 PM

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
Twitter:   @m_simpson

Read more »