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ResearchTraining.org and AALASLearningLibrary.org: Online Learning Management Systems for Technicians, Researchers, and IACUCs

Nicole Duffee and Michael T. Fallon

ResearchTraining.org and the AALASLearningLibrary.org are web-based learning management systems that utilise database architecture in Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and Internet browsers (Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Netscape Navigator 6.0 browsers). Both websites are constructed of active server pages coded with a combination of HTML and Visual Basic. Course content, self-assessment quizzes, and exams are displayed on web pages by accessing the system database. Both systems define three client levels: users who take courses and exams, content authors/editors who build and modify courses and exams, and institutional administrators who access training transcripts of staff (singly or in groups). Exams are generated out of pools of questions, from which questions are randomly selected, and the sequence of answer choices are randomised. Users may output their passing exam results to a certificate generator. Passing exam results are also stored in the database for access by users or authorised institutional administrators. These systems are customisable for addressing the training documentation requirements in animal research facilities.