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Overview

The premise behind the myInstruo® platform is to provide quick and easy access to tools that help all team members meet their goals in a faster and more efficient manner through an intuitive content management system. Our company has analyzed data redundancies, common pitfalls, communication barriers, and other areas which hinder the progress of projects. One by one we have designed solutions to help minimize error and expedite the fruition of successful endeavors. For example, where information is used for many purposes, such as a course title, it is pulled from the system to fill many required formats. When a course title is updated in the PAM, this single change ripples throughout the system (brochure, storyboard, project reports, system displays, SCORM package, etc.). This forward thinking and ingenuity, when summed, helps save at minimum 50% on design and development time. Factor this in with tracked deliverables for future content updates or repurposing and the ROI is immediately recognized.

Registered Microsoft Partner

myInstruo® products are delivered through our Software as a Service (SaaS) platform. This eliminates the need for our clients to purchase expensive server equipment and provide IT management. The technologies used to develop myInstruo® are industry standards that will be supported for many years to come. As a Microsoft Partner, we use Microsoft solutions for our software platform running Windows Servers, Microsoft SQL database, .Net framework, and Internet Information Services (IIS).

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Access Control System (ACS)

Registration Process: New user completes the registration form, the sponsor approves the account, then the new user receives an email containing a link to verify their email address.

myInstruo® is an online portal providing access to our suite of web based applications. The Access Control System (ACS) is the user management portion of the system that facilitates user access, defines roles, and additional user management related functionality.

Contact Information: Each user is required to provide contact information. This information is available to project team members. This provides a current directory listing that is available from virtually anywhere via the Internet. Never be without a phone number or email address again. This contact information is also pulled from the system and used in various locations, such as providing end user assistance through the Help page of a course or Planning Committee listings in courseware brochures. If a user updates their profile; everywhere their contact information is used will be instantly updated. Return to main menu

Dashboard

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After successful login, the myInstruo® home page loads. This home page provides access to applications, user account management, dashboard views displaying current activity, and our ticket based support system. Administrators are provided with access to manage users and organizational information from this page as well.

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PAM (Project Access and Management)

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PAM is an online web application for managing projects from start to finish and beyond. PAM facilitates the sharing of all project information through a web interface available virtually anywhere at any time of the day or night.

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Content Builder

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Content Builder is an online application for developing courseware brochures, Information Architecture – Content Alignment Documents (IA-CAD), and storyboarding web based training material. All content is stored in a Microsoft SQL database online which is great for collaboration.

The storyboard review allows reviewers to see the course material in our actual Course Template. Features such as; Show Mores, Toggle List, Hub and Spokes, visual treatments, glossary terms, references, and more are fully functional. A drop down list provides the reviewer with the option to choose from any of the six standard color themes.

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Course Generator

Part of the Development Package, Course Generator is where design meets development and your product comes to life. Storyboards designed using Content Builder are easily published to the Course Template using Course Generator. All configurations and content are transferred to HTML files. JavaScript code is automatically created to configure questions and build out a fully functional and accessible (Section 508 certified) course. If media assets are available, they can be identified in Content Builder under the Media tab. When the course is generated, the poster image, media, and accessibility assets (Closed Captioning) are automatically configured and positioned on the page. Pages requiring video, narration, or custom interaction development are built out as placeholders displaying the screen content, script, and instructions required for the build. Developers can easily identify what content goes where. With Course Generator, you could be downloading your fully functional course files in less than 30 seconds.

Omni Course Template

The Omni Course Template is our completely new responsive template used for delivering courseware material over any Internet connected device. The Omni Course Template provides an intuitive user interface, consistent user experience, and flexible configurations. The new component API allows developers to create their own components. Since the Omni Course Template is now responsive, it will configure itself for the best layout relative to the device (desktop, laptop, tablet, phone, etc.) it is displayed on. Users can start a course on their mobile phone, continue their progress from their desktop computer, then later finish from their tablet and not miss a step. One single contiguous track to completion.

Not only have we expanded the formats of audio, video, and Closed Captioning to include just about every popular format, we’ve also added some very unique features. A searchable transcript where the text is highlighted in sync with the audio is what we call Transcaptions. Quickly and easily search Transcaptions to include Audio Descriptions (AD) to locate a particular section of content. Select the search results to jump to that section of audio or video for quick reference. The player primarily plays media using HTML5. This new media player is a hybrid player that can be configured to swap content based on the capabilities of a device. If your interaction is in Flash and the user is on a device that does not support Flash, a video alternative can be configured to render in place of the Flash. A single controller provides a seamless user experience across all media formats.

Omni Media Player

The Omni Media Player is an innovative multimedia player possessing features and capabilities that no other player offers. Our redesign of this product began with accessibility in mind. With features like multi-format Closed Captioning (CC), Transcaptions with searchable dialog and Audio Descriptions (AD), and our of course our proprietary Audio Description (AD) technology. This player is 100% accessible and certified Section 508 compliant. In the past, adding Audio Descriptions (AD) meant duplicating your video and editing in AD. This more than doubled the size of your product. Not anymore. We have been able to reduce the increase in overall file size from ~110% to ~10%. For example, a video project that is 200 MB would end up being 420 MB by the time you add Audio Descriptions (AD) to the duplicated video. With the Omni Media Player, the project could be as light as 210 MB. And the other added benefits and features are just as incredible.

The Omni Media Player primarily plays media using HTML5. This new media player is a hybrid player that can be configured to swap content based on the capabilities of a device. If your interaction is in Flash and the user is on a device that does not support Flash, a video alternative can be configured to render in place of the Flash. A single controller provides a seamless user experience across all media formats. A simple to configure playlist allows for chaining audio and/or video sequences together. The flexible API allows for customizing the player to create a menu system or even custom controls. A searchable transcript where the text is highlighted in sync with the audio is what we call Transcaptions. Quickly and easily search Transcaptions to include Audio Descriptions (AD) to locate a particular section of content. Select the search results or a line in the Transcaptions to jump to that section of audio or video for quick reference. Finally, audio and video content you can quickly and easily navigate.

Classic Course Template

So many areas of web based training are rebuilt over and over again. We have taken these elements and web based training development to a new level. Our Course Template, part of the Development Package, is cross-browser compliant, accessible (Section 508 certified) and extremely easy to use. Developers with general HTML skills are able to develop training solutions from day one. Using xHTML, CSS and JavaScript we created our templates to reduce error wherever as possible. A configuration file is used to define elements used throughout the course (i.e. course title, lesson titles, standard messages, etc.). This eliminates the possibility of updating a lesson title in one place but not another. Simply make the update on the configuration file and it is populated throughout the course. Our Automatic Navigation System (ANS) eliminates the need to program the next and back buttons on each page. The template will automatically determine the next and back pages and link the navigation buttons to them eliminating embarrassing broken links and hours of test backwards and forwards navigation.

Developers can customize the look and feel of each course to create a unique theme to brand the training to meet customer’s needs. Six base colors (black, blue, green, yellow, purple, and red) are provided to use as is or as a starting point on which to base a custom theme. Note treatments are included to easily format content to make it stand out. Several options are provided for displaying additional information.

A Flash player is included to provide accessible options to animation, narration, and video segments. Easily add transcripts and Closed Captioning in sync with clips without opening the Flash application. All media assets are defined in a text based configuration file. A variety of styles and types of players are available. The players can be used as is or customized.

When the course is in Test Mode the Settings page includes options to display the answer key with questions and skip required actions. The reviewer can disable these features to review the course as the end user would. This allows for a much more thorough review.

The Courseware Template includes documentation such as release notes, a quick start guide, technical documentation, functioning samples, source files for the Flash player, and design updates. We even include a Dreamweaver Snippet collection for inserting code quickly and accurately. Our clients have experienced thousands of dollars in savings per course from using our templates. By eliminating or reducing User Interface (UI) design costs, development time and lengthy accessibility (Section 508) reviews our clients are able to see an immediate return on their investment. Along with accelerating their training production time we are also able to provide a familiarity with the standard interface elements allowing the learner to focus on learning the content and not the interface. Development time is cut by 50% to 90%.

Course Packager

The Course Packager is optimized for use with our Course Template. A single SCO course can be packaged for AICC-HACP, SCORM 1.2 or SCORM 2004 delivery in four simple steps and in less than 30 seconds. Simply select the course you want to package; either from PAM or from the user’s FTP directory and confirm the course configuration. It is that simple. The Course Packager provides the ability to double check your course configuration before delivering for hosting and even updates the course files directly from the web browser. The synchronize feature provides the ability to compare the course information (HTML) with PAM information and vice versa. This means your course and project management system stay in sync and the product you deliver is as accurate as possible. A log of every course packaged is kept under the History tab. The log displays the Package Name, SCORM Version, Course Version, Course Version Notes, Packaged On (date) and a link to download the package. The packaged course can be launched to verify contents and the package summary is always available should you need to resubmit the course for hosting.

Step 1: Choose Course to Package

The first step to packaging a course with Course Packager is to select the course you would like to package. The system user is provided with two options. They can select their FTP directory or browse projects in PAM. Once the folder is located and selected the system will display the course title currently selected. Selecting Next Step will advance to step 2.

Step 2: Package Information

At this stage of the packaging process the Package Name, Version number, communication method (AICC-HACP, SCORM version (1.2 or 2004) and Course Version Notes are defined. Selecting Next Step will advance to step 3.

Step 3: Course Configuration and Metadata

Course configuration and metadata information is confirmed during step 3 of the packaging process. The course information found in the files is compared on screen against the information found in PAM. A checkmark appears by fields that are in sync. Fields not in sync display buttons which allow the transfer from the course to PAM or vice versa. Manual entries are also allowed from this view. The following information is confirmed during this step:

Selecting Next Step completes the packaging process and loads step 4.

Step 4: Test LMS Communications

Now that the course is packaged an opportunity to test communications is provided. Launching the course from Course Packager allows for testing the course performance as it would function in an LMS. The elapsed time, bookmark, score, success and completion communications are tracked and displayed on the launch page. This allows for testing of LMS communications before the course is delivered to the LMS for posting. Selecting Next Step loads the Download Package screen.

Step 5: Download Package

Course Packager Summary Block

The Course Packager provides a Package Summary including information previously entered in PAM as well as a file count of the file types included in the course package. Selecting the Download Package link will download a compressed folder ready for delivery to any SCORM compliant LMS. If the course was packaged from a PAM project a copy of the SCORM package will be placed in the projects deliverables folder. At this point the user can start over to package another course or exit.