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Update: "... Accenture has purchased the product, has made and will continue to make enhancements to it and is offering it to clients for use. NYUOnline CIO Dan Daniel and his team have joined Accenture." - David Lieberman, Accenture Learning
Update: NYUOnline is no longer trading. An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the demise of the company.
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From the NYUOnline website:
"New York, NY, (October 1, 2001) - After extensive beta testing, NYUonline, Inc., a leader in the corporate e-Learning space, has released its heralded standards-based content management system (CMS), iAuthorTM, to the corporate market. iAuthor has been used successfully in beta testing by major corporations, but will now be made available widely.
"The release of iAuthor to the corporate market will put NYUonline in a position to lead the industry in web-publishing products," said NYUonline CEO Gordon Macomber. "The technology we have developed and thoroughly tested will prove to be a powerful tool in the arsenal of online learning providers."
Reflecting years of research by New York University, and created by NYUonline's technology team headed by CIO Dan Daniel, the iAuthor system is designed to support a web-centric publishing process using small reusable "digital objects" that can be easily updated and re-purposed to create sophisticated documents, learning object-based courseware, assessments and other types of publications. Because it is web-centric, the anytime-anywhere nature of iAuthor allows professional publications to be easily tracked and coordinated regardless of where the members of the project team are located. Moreover, it uses a system of advanced templates and customizable skin graphics to allow non-technical users to quickly and easily create web content with consistency and quality.
All of iAuthor's functions are designed to comply with SCORM standards that have been mandated by the DOD and adopted by much of the industry. Generally, the SCORM standard provides a means by which object-based content can be distributed and reused across a wide range of LMS and information systems. Specifically, SCORM addresses the following problems: Moving a course from one learning platform to another; creating reusable chunks of course material for use in other courses; and searching for course material. iAuthor has the capability to handle all of these functions.
Recently, iAuthor was reviewed in brandon-hall.com's "Learning Content Management Systems" report and made the short list for Best Collaborative/Workflow Team Development and Best Version Control. The report states, "What we liked about this system and what clearly differentiated it from the other LCMS products in this report is that it places strong emphasis on a publishing approach (as opposed to simply focusing on a non-linear production process) recognizing the roles of various members of the production team. The tool configures itself with different tool sets for different roles. … We found several workflow tools not found in most other systems. On the whole, the folks at NYUonline have done a great job developing a collaborative course creation environment following a well-established publishing model. The rapid authoring environment is admirable…"
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