It’s here! Last month we officially announced the launch of Acrobatiq’s Smart Author – the easiest and most innovative application for educators and instructional designers to develop rich, interactive and adaptive courseware based in the learning science methodology from CMU’s Open Learning Initiative. So what’s “Smart” about Smart Author? Put simply, Smart Author enables best practices in data-driven instructional design including the development of outcomes models; rich content and assessment tied to outcomes; adaptive course delivery; and powerful analytics showing who is learning and who is not, which content works and which content does not, and where to focus time making course improvements.
Institutions are using Smart Author to develop high-impact and mobile-ready seat or competency-based online learning programs; to facilitate blended instruction where foundational learning occurs online and outside the classroom; and to improve learning outcomes in “red flag” or traditionally high failure courses by developing “smart” courseware that personalizes student learning.
To date we have over 30 institutions in our Smart Author beta program providing robust feedback to our software development team. Early feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive with many beta users commenting on how easy and intuitive the tools are for creating dynamic online lessons. More than once I’ve heard. “It’s like WordPress for educators – only better!”
Here’s a quick preview of some key features:1
Enterprise-level workflow management tools to support the scaled development of adaptive courseware:
Never before has it been this easy for teams of educators and instructional designers to actively collaborate on the development of beautiful, adaptive online courseware. With support for multiple role types, projects and permissions, you control the courseware development process from initial concept to courseware release and continuous updates.
Support for collaboration among educators and instructional design teams (in-line commenting and courseware versioning to serve different student audiences or faculty content preferences):
Easy-to-use Courseware Blueprint creation tool to quickly generate Skill Graphs that align learning objectives or competencies to skills, assessments and activities contained within the Units and Modules. Now see “at a glance” what students should know and be able to do by the end of a course.
Robust content and page creation tools - WYSIWYG interface, support for content from multiple sources – (3rd party, OER, user-generated), page layout templates, 27 question types including support for math equations, multi-step problems and many other types of formative and summative assessment types. In addition, course designers can easily integrate multiple types of dynamic media element types including slide shows from assembled images, interactive timelines, image hot spotting, etc. The tool palette enables the development of a wide variety of creative and interactive activities. Developing high impact and engaging lessons just got fun again!
Media management for tracking, organizing and tagging various media types used in courseware development. Course designers can upload and tag media, and track rights management right within the Smart Author tool set.
Support for Accessibility and Interoperability with LTI integration for single-sign-on with leading learning management systems. Now you can have the best of both words – a robust LMS AND a beautiful, adaptive online learning experience that actually helps students learn!
In addition to these features, there are many more. But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself! Fast-forward through this great demo from Acrobatiq’s Chief Technology Officer, John Rinderle.
Last, no new SAAS-based application would be complete without services to support configuration, implementation and training. And Smart Author is no exception. Our Customer Success team is ready to help you make the most of the Acrobatiq platform. When you’re ready to learn more, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PS Happy holidays from all of us here at Acrobatiq!