Sharifah-Mastura Syed-Mohamad, Nor Azmi Zainal, Mohd Nazri Mat Husin, Zamilah Hussin and Zar Ni Wynn
The Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, 2008
"Introduction: Multimedia Repository System (MRS) is a web-based application, developed using Instructional Management Systems (IMS) standard. MRS provides interface for uploading objects to a central server, enabling users to catalog and organize their multimedia learning resources. Cataloging fields include image, keywords, clinical and technical information. Method: MRS was developed from scratch using the prototyping system development methodology. Its implmentation was carried out using open source technologies that include Apache Web Server, PHP scripting and My SQL database management system. Users’ acceptance test was conducted with thirty five lecturers from Health Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Results: MRS is currently accessible within USM intranet environment and soon, it will be made accessible through the internet. Users’ acceptance test results show that the lecturers found the system to be easy to use (Mean=18.09; SD=1.70; min=15; max=21) and useful for sharing health and medical knowledge (Mean=11.86; SD=1.65; min=7; max=14). Contributors can share their collections with students and colleagues who can browse the collections, through proper authentication, in a variety of ways. The objects can also be downloaded to user storage media. A description, tutorial notes, clinical information and a copyright statement accompany the multimedia item. Conclusions: MRS can be used by Health and Medical lecturers to share their knowledge objects with students and colleagues as well as integrate it with Learning Management System (LMS) as online resources for teaching and learning purposes."