Pacific Paravet Training Project

A learning management experience to cross boundaries and bridge cultures.


Design and Delivery




Web application

At the end of this project there will be a cohort of veterinarians and para-veterinarians across the Indo-Pacific region who are able to work at the animal-human interface to detect, respond, control and prevent animal disease outbreaks. They will be ready to collaborate with the human health workforce on disease issues.

The team realised the challenge in delivering content across various degrees of proficiencies in English, with sensitivity based on location or culture. To add to that, there was the challenge around the availability of mobile coverage and capabilities of the devices in use across the various nations.

The team located at Charles Sturt University’s Graham Centre approached the team at Anomaly to pose this enormous challenge. We were certain from the outset that we would have to iterate numerous times to achieve the desired outcome.

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Bilum - a LMS like no other

We had to ensure that everything we built had a life outside of the project. We played to our strengths of working with and building open source software, and built the solution with the mindset that this would one day be an open source project with maintainers all over the world.

To achieve the cross pollination of content delivery, we built a learning management system from the ground up that exposes an API. The core content creation team has a brilliant web-based interface to curate their knowledge base.

We then set out to build a single-page application that integrates gracefully with device and network capabilities.

With a little help from our friends at Linode

The platform aims to grow infinitely, with the users contributing localised content. We built Bilium on the might of Linode and harnessed their Object store to store the ever-growing amount of content.

Bilum is designed to grow using technologies like Docker, Kubernetes and Terraform.