The MERG Suite: Tools for discovering competencies and associated learning resources

Source Code Biol Med. 2008 May 14:3:7. doi: 10.1186/1751-0473-3-7.


Background: As the demands for competency-based education grow, the need for standards-based tools to allow for publishing and discovery of competency-based learning content is more pressing. This project focused on developing federated discovery services for competency-based medical e-learning content.

Methods: We built a tool suite for authoring and discovery of medical e-learning metadata. The end-user usability of the tool suite was evaluated through a web-based survey.

Results: The suite, implemented as an open-source system, was evaluated to identify areas for improvement.

Conclusion: The MERG suite is a starting point for organizations implementing competency-based e-learning resources.