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Entrada Developers Choose PhpStorm

phpStorm by JetBrains The Entrada development team has selected PhpStorm by JetBrains as the officially sanctioned and recommended Integrated Development Environment for doing PHP development related to the Entrada Platform. For nearly four years, PhpStorm has provided the developers of our Open Source software with a reliable and feature rich IDE that sees continuous enhancements and improvements. Thank you to JetBrains for providing us with this.

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Entrada Conf 2017 Announced


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September 25–26, 2017
Chicago, Illinois

Registration for Entrada Conf 2017 opens in June

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Learn from the experts. Share your ideas. Network with colleagues. Entrada Conf 2017, where the community becomes our network.

Sponsored by the Entrada Consortium, Entrada Conf is an annual event that brings together faculty, administration, and technical staff from 12 to 15 International consortium member medical schools to provide a rich educational, leadership, and networking experience.

This conference has historically been focused on the technical aspects Entrada; while this important topic will remain as the “Technical Professionals” track, the Entrada Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce that we have expanded and refocused the event to now include an accredited Faculty and Administration track. Physicians who attend will be eligible for continuing medical education credits in Canada and the United States.

Two Conference Tracks

The first conference track is focused specifically on the needs of Faculty and Administration, while the second is geared towards our Technical Professionals.

Some Session Topics Include

  • Learn what it takes to manage and govern the Entrada Platform at your institution effectively.
  • Learn how the functional processes of your medical school can map to features available within the Entrada Platform.
  • Learn how to effectively manage your curriculum data and the processes that support curriculum renewal.
  • Learn how Entrada ME supports Competency-Based Medical Education.
  • Help shape the future of your Entrada Platform by providing direct feedback and interacting with the Entrada Executive Committee.
  • Hackathon! Have an idea for something great in Entrada? Watch as 2 teams of developers compete to build your idea into the platform live. May the best team and feature win!

Have a Topic Idea? Call For Submissions

The Call for Submissions is open to all faculty and staff of Entrada Consortium member institutions. We are looking for people who are interested in presenting topics or ideas related to Entrada and/or educational technology. Please submit your session or topic idea by June 13th, 2017.

Please feel free to contact Matt Simpson at 613-533-6000 x78146 or with any questions or suggestions related to the conference.

Locations & Accommodations

OFFSITE Chicago is a creative, inspiring and high-tech environment that is just steps from the Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown West Loop hotel. A hotel room block has been reserved at a special conference rate of $199USD per night.

560 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60661

Add Entrada Conf 2017 To Your Calendar

You can use this iCalendar file to easily import Entrada Conf 2017 on September 25th and 26th into your favorite calendar application. For most, just download then double-click to import.

Entrada ME 1.9.0 Released

Space Nebula

Over the past three months, the Entrada development community has contributed over 165 bug fixes, feature refinements, and enhancements into Entrada ME, and today we are pleased to announce the immediate release of Entrada ME 1.8.1 and 1.9.0 Open and Consortium Editions.

Entrada ME 1.9.0

Secure Testing / Exam module (UCLA)

Entrada ME 1.9 can conduct both secured or non-secured exams, tests, and quizzes using a standard web-browser and optionally coupled with Open Source or Commercially supported computer lock-down technology. This feature also includes the ability to facilitate remote Proctoring of Exams by audio, video, and screen recording the exam taker. The Exam module supports a Question Bank, Exam Builder, and several item types including MCQ, short answer, essay, matching, text, and fill-in-the-blank.

My Bookmarks feature (UCLA)

Entrada ME now includes an optional internal bookmarking feature that allows users to quickly access pages, reports, or system functionality they use most frequently. Bookmarks are searchable and sortable.

Room & Location Management (UCLA, uCalgary, Entrada Core)

Physical building and room management have been a long requested features within Entrada. Administrators now have the ability to manage buildings and rooms. Once rooms have been created, they are selectable within the Learning Events setup section.

Curriculum Matrix enhancements (Entrada Core)

The Curriculum Matrix now shows the number of times each objective is tagged throughout the curriculum. With this information easily accessible, users can be made aware of objectives that are not being covered adequately.

Faculty & Staff as Learners (Queen’s)

Added the ability to associate faculty and staff members as the audience within a Cohort or Learning Event

Improvements to Assessment & Evaluation (Queen’s)

Significant improvements and refactoring to many aspects within the Assessment & Evaluation module, including the Dashboard, Distribution Engine, Form Builder, and Item Bank (Queen’s)

Learning Event module refinements (Entrada Core)

Added option to indicate a parent + child Learning Event relationship when creating recurring events

Color Code Courses & Learning Events (UBC)

Added the ability to color code Courses & Learning Events

Accessibility Improvements (uOttawa, Entrada Core)

Removed the 5-second pause between actions within the Entrada Community module

Other Technical Improvements Include

  • Entrada now requires PHP 5.6.3+
  • Updated Medbiquitous Resources to reflect recent changes (Entrada Core)
  • Entrada CLI’s model –create utility has been significantly improved (Entrada Core)
  • There is now an option to lazy load data into our AdvancedSearch jQuery plug-in (Queen’s)
  • Configurable regular expressions in KIOSK_MODE_CARD_PARSER – defines the format of the “student number” when swiping cards in “Kiosk Mode” for attendance tracking, and VIDEO_EMBED_REGEX – to specify the allowed video sources for embedding video (WSU).
  • Configurable option in entrada.settings table to determine whether or not to display Podcasting and My Bookmarks sidebar items (NUS, Entrada Core)
  • Increased the default Community soft quota size from 100MB to 1GB (WSU)
  • Added the ability to customize the visual layout of the Learning Events > Event page on a per-organization basis (WSU)
  • Added a JMeter load testing template (UBC)

Entrada ME 1.8.1

We have also decided to do a subsequent 1.8 release as well to resolve several bugs within the 1.8.0 code base. These fixes included:

  • Deleted unused API files.
  • Fixed several bugs within the Clinical Rotation Scheduler.
  • Made the province/state selector optional for countries without provinces or states.
  • Added the ability to enable/disable the Podcast sidebar.
  • Fixed several bugs with the facilitated learner ePortfolio.
  • Added a missing database table index to the objectives table.

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

Matt Simpson
Technical Director, Entrada Consortium
School of Medicine, Queen’s University
Telephone: +1 613-533-6000 x78146

Entrada ME 1.8.0 Released

Solar System

The Entrada Consortium Development Community is pleased to announce that Entrada ME 1.8.0 is now available in both Open Edition and Consortium Edition flavours.

This release packs in many development efforts from Q3 and Q4 2016 including an updated and further refined user interface, refactored course management, course gradebook, assessment and evaluation, and more. There have been 232 Issues (bugs and enhancements) addressed in this release. Here are some of the new goodies in Entrada ME 1.8.0:

  • A slick new semi-responsive default user interface that looks great in the browser.
  • Initial release of the new Assessment & Evaluation module that will become a complete replacement for the Evaluations module in a future release.
  • The Evaluations module has been renamed to Clerkship Evaluations and will remain in Entrada until the new Assessment & Evaluation module can facilitate all of the features.
  • A brand new Course Gradebook module with full support for inline document viewing (i.e. PDF, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) in the web-browser, and marking uploaded assignments using an Assessment Form created within the Assessment & Evaluation module.
  • Assessments within a Course Gradebook can now have additional Graders associated with them. A Grader will receive the permissions required to grade associated students’ assessments.
  • A new Clinical Rotation Schedule management tool for placing learners of a Course or Program into a configurable block rotation schedule (i.e. 1-week, 2-week, or 4-weeks).
  • A redesigned Course Groups module that supports the automatic population of small groups based on many criteria including the number of groups, the size of groups, and gender diversity.
  • Administrators can now enable Twitter integration. Each Organization, Course, and Community can optionally indicate the Twitter handle and hashtag they use. Relevant tweets will show up on the Dashboard, Course Website, and within associated Communities.
  • The Curriculum Search now searches through the code, title, and description of all Curriculum Tags (i.e. objectives) that have been mapped to at the Learning Event or Course level. There have also been usability improvements to the Curriculum Search in both Text Results and Timeline search mode.
  • A new session timeout alert dialog will now warn you two minutes before your session expires and give you the option to extend or log out.
  • Several user interface refinements within the People Search module.
  • The ability to export a draft Learning Event schedule from the Admin > Manage Events > Manage My Drafts section.
  • New ability to roll over course content from one course to a new course within the Admin > Manage Events > Manage My Drafts section.
  • Improvements to the consistency of titles and management options within Admin > Manage Courses.
  • Added the option to redirect users to an external course website for a course if one has been configured in Course Setup.
  • Added the ability to select multiple users for all “course roles” within Course Setup (i.e. Course Directors, Curriculum Coordinators, Associated Faculty, Program Coordinator, Evaluation Rep, Student Rep, and Teacher Assistant).
  • Added the ability to indicate “Program Level Objectives” for the AAMC Curriculum Inventory Portal export.
  • Added the optional concept of Learning Tracks to an organization. This concept allows Courses to be included with one or more Learning Tracks.
  • Added the ability to indicate whether the attendance at a Learning Event is Optional or Required.
  • Ability to limit displaying menu items to certain groups of users.
  • We now allow the @ symbol in usernames to support logging in with e-mail addresses.
  • Statistics table mining now supports IMS Caliper; however, using the xAPI is support recommended.

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

Entrada ME 1.7.5 Released

Carina Nebula

Queen’s University is celebrating its 175th anniversary and to recognize this tremendous event the Entrada Project team at Queen’s University, University of Calgary, UCLA, University of Ottawa, Rush University, and University of British Columbia is pleased to name our latest release Entrada 1.7.5 in honour of the occasion.

Entrada began at Queen’s University in 2004 within the School of Medicine under the deanship of Dr. David Walker and directorship of Dr. Benjamin Chen. It has since matured and expanded into the only platform capable of supporting Medical Education from Undergraduate Admissions through to Continuing Professional Development.

Consortium partners and staff can download Entrada ME 1.7.5 Consortium Edition from our private project repository. The general public can download the Open Edition by clicking the Download link at the top of the page, or by visiting our public GitHub project repository.

This release includes over 59 enhancements, fixes, and refinements that focus primarily on stability and user experience. Here is some of what is new:

  • Enhancements to Learning Event Type selector when managing Learning Events.
  • Added the ability to do granular audience scheduling within a Learning Event. You can now schedule different times for different audience members.
  • Added the ability for Course Directors to export Learning Events.
  • Added Shibboleth Authentication support as another SSO option.
  • Refactored single sign-on code to better support both CAS and Shibboleth.
  • Enhancements and fixes for the Manage Users module.
  • Enhancements for selecting and adding users in Manage Cohorts and Community Members areas.
  • Added xAPI / Experience API / Tin Can support to Entrada (PHP 5.4+)


  • Detailed polishing and fixes within many Community modules and templates.
  • Added substantial flexibility for permissions in Discussion Forums, Document Sharing, etc in Communities. They can now be limited to specific small groups within a Course.
  • Added the ability to attach files to Discussion Forum posts in Communities.
  • Added the ability to add links, HTML, and folder hierarchy to the Document Sharing module in Communities.
  • Greatly improved the Quizzes module in Communities.


  • Updated the Weather Widget to use Yahoo’s new API.
  • Entrada dependencies are now managed using Composer.
  • Added 2 letter, 3 letter, and numeric ISO country codes for greater flexibility.

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

Entrada Conf 2016

CN Tower

Attention Entrada contributors! Join us on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 for Entrada Conf 2016. This year Entrada Conf is taking place in beautiful Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the unique and innovative “Think-Site” space.


Think-Site is located one block west of Spadina on Richmond Street West. Located in the Starwood building, it is steps away from the eclectic core of Queen Street West and the urban chic of King Street West.


  • 9:00AM: Breakfast, Introductions, and Welcome
  • 9:30AM: School Tour – (East to West) 15 minute Entrada walk through from each school
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM: Group Discussion on PHP Frameworks and “Entrada 2.0”
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM: Lunch
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM: Roadmap development for 2016/2017
  • 2:00PM-2:45PM: Gitting It Right – Development Workflow
  • 2:45PM-3:00PM: Break
  • 3:00PM-3:45PM: Shipping Entrada in Containers (Docker et la)
  • 3:45PM-4:30PM: Load Testing Entrada
  • 4:30PM-5:15PM: Entrada Approach to Unit Testing
  • 7:00PM: Dinner and Drinks


  • Zhen Gu
  • Jim Cassidy
  • Geoff Harvey
  • Matt Simpson

Registration is now over; however, if you have specific questions or would like clarification regarding information contained in this post please contact us.

Entrada ME 1.6.1 Released

Space Galaxy

The Entrada project team is pleased to announce the release of Entrada ME 1.6.1. This release is the first version to use the ME branding as part of our Entrada Platform. Entrada ME 1.6.1 focuses primarily on refinements and improvements, as well as updating core components, introducing all new Community templates, and an enhanced Curriculum Search engine.

It is also important to note that we now have two versions of Entrada ME: the Open Edition, and Consortium Edition. The majority of our development activity is now completed within our private consortium source code repository and only features intended for the public are brought into our Open Edition repository. For more information about the Consortium, please contact us.

You can download the Open Edition of Entrada ME 1.6.1 simply by clicking the Download link at the top of the page, or by visiting our GitHub source code repository.

What’s New?

  1. New Curriculum tool called Curriculum Matrix, which accompanies the already robust Curriculum Explorer and Search tools.
  2. Greatly enhanced and refined Curriculum Search engine, which now includes mapped Course and Learning Event objectives in the search results.
  3. Change the order of Resources attached to Learning Events (to Before Class, During Class, After Class, No Timeframe).
  4. All Learning Event Resources are now included in the Teaching Reminder e-mail notifications.
  5. Ability for faculty to decide when and if Objectives mapped to Learning Events are visible to Learners.
  6. New interface that will allow administrators to manage Assessment Characteristics for their organization within System Settings.
  7. New interface for viewing and managing Course Enrolment for course directors.
  8. Ability for course directors and administrators to copy Assessments from year to year, which reduces data entry and error.
  9. Over 35 other various bugs and issues were resolved.


  1. All new Community templates, including a new Default template.
  2. Community RSS and Calendar feeds are now available with the Private URL support, which makes them accessible to Google Calendar.
  3. Removed the seldom used “Community Registration” option when creating a new community.


  1. Added the Google API Client Library for PHP to replace Zend_Gdata. This library manages the Entrada Google Hosted Apps integration.
  2. FontAwesome is now included with Entrada, which provides hundreds of great glyph icons.
  3. Entrada CLI, which is used to create, apply, and audit database migrations (changes).
  4. Introduction of Entrada_Settings class to manage application and organizational specific settings.
  5. Many internal components were upgraded including Zend Framework 1.12.17, CKEditor v4.5.5, Smarty v3.1.24

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

Entrada Becomes Entrada Platform

The Entrada Project has been actively developing Entrada for nearly eight years now, and today, as a result of the enthusiasm and hard work of dozens of people from five North American Medical Schools, we would like to announce Entrada Platform™.

Entrada Platform is a consistent and integrated suite of software designed to serve the needs of Medical Schools and other Health Sciences Faculties (Dentistry, Nursing, Rehabilitation Therapy, Veterinary Medicine, etc) from Undergraduate Admissions, to Undergraduate Medical Education, Postgraduate / Graduate Medical Education, through to Continuing Professional Development.

In essence we have built a flexible suite of software capable of supporting physician education from the time they apply to Medical school through to career retirement.

The Entrada Platform consists of three major components that can be installed entirely separately, or work together to deliver the whole experience:

  • Entrada Admissions
  • Entrada ME
  • Entrada CPD

Each of these components is built upon the open source Entrada Core, but they each contain a series of consortium licensed (less open) modules that are specific to the purpose.

Today we are announcing the release of three packages, with more information on each to follow shortly:

  1. Entrada ME 1.6.1 Open Edition
  2. Entrada ME 1.6.1 Consortium Edition
  3. Entrada CPD 1.0 Consortium Edition

The last component (Entrada Admissions) has been developed for Queen’s University Undergraduate Medical Education, and will be refactored and made available to Consortium members as soon as possible.

We have a number of exciting announcements coming up in the next little while, so please stay tuned.

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

Welcome University of Ottawa

It is our pleasure to formally announce that the Entrada Community Partner family has once again grown.

The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine is one of the foremost medical schools in Canada, providing learners with the opportunity to study in both English and French languages. uOttawa has joined the Entrada Consortium and the process of implementing Entrada ME (Undergraduate and Postgraduate), and Entrada CPD (Continuing Education) is well under way.

The uOttawa MedTech team has been outstanding in the process already, and will be an integral part of Entrada developer community going forward.

On behalf of the entire Entrada community, welcome University of Ottawa.

For further information or clarification regarding information contained in this announcement please contact us.

Exploring Entrada Video Released

Would you like a better picture of the entire Entrada ecosystem? We have created a 5 minute video called “Exploring Entrada” that clearly illustrates what Entrada is all about, and what it can do for your organization.

This video was originally developed for a symposium presentation called “Curriculum Management Systems for Competency-Based Programs” at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (April, 2015).

Also look for us at AAMC GIR Conference (June, 2015), and AAMC Conference (November, 2015). We will see you there!

You can also see this on Vimeo.

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