Baltimore, Maryland and Alexandria, Virginia, April 13, 2006. The MedBiquitous Annual Conference is highlighting the use of SCORM, the reference model for e-learning interoperability, in many sectors of healthcare education. The conference, which focuses on enabling collaboration for healthcare education, takes place April 25-27, 2006 at the Wyndham Baltimore-Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland.


MedBiquitous has worked closely with the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL) to develop SCORM for Healthcare, a profile of the SCORM model that incorporates metadata customizations for healthcare education. An ANSI-accredited standards developer, MedBiquitous convenes healthcare educators to develop technology standards that advance healthcare education and competence assessment. Its Learning Objects Working Group has developed Healthcare Learning Object Metadata (Healthcare LOM), an extension of the IEEE Learning Object Metadata standard that addresses the specific needs of healthcare educators. Healthcare LOM provides a way for educators to describe learning activities as well as learning objects. Healthcare LOM includes elements that allow educators to describe continuing education credit associated with an activity, keywords from medical terminologies, clinical audience for an activity, and the level of evidence supporting an activity, among other things. MedBiquitous has worked closely with ADL to ensure that its extensions allow content conformant with healthcare-specific specifications to also remain conformant with SCORM and its underlying standards.



Cardiac surgeon Peter Greene, M.D., Associate Dean for Emerging Technologies at Johns Hopkins Medicine, serves as Executive Director of the MedBiquitous Consortium.



“This conference promises to provide an outstanding opportunity for learning about the latest technologies and initiatives important to healthcare education and competence assessment,” says Greene.



ADL Co-lab Director Paul Jesukiewicz and Deputy Director Jennifer Brooks both chair SCORM panels at the conference. Bill Blackmon , Chief Technology Officer of ADL, co-presents a workshop on SCORM.



The conference offers the following workshops and sessions related to SCORM.



  • Developing Reusable E-learning Content Using SCORM for Healthcare Workshop
    Bill Blackmon, ADL Co-lab and Nina Pasini Deibler , AcceleraRomar
  • Selecting and Implementing a Learning Management System Workshop
    Jackie Mayhew, American Heart Association and Ray Evergnam, CTSNet
  • Implementing SCORM in Government Panel
    David Twitchell, Department of Veterans Affairs and Nancy Gathany, Centers for Disease Control, chaired by Paul Jesukiewicz, ADL Co-lab
  • Transforming Education and Systems with SCORM
    Dan Rehak, Learning Systems Architecture Lab, Mike Rustici, Rustici Software, Robby Robson, Eduworks, chaired by Jennifer Brooks, ADL Co-lab.



For a complete list of speakers, topics and workshops visit: .