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Canto, Renaissance Micro Give eLearning a Boost

February 26, 2009

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Managing SCORM-based training content just got easier for users of Canto’s Cumulus EDU digital asset management software with the advent of the eLearning Express Configuration Service from Renaissance Micro Inc., a Canto Academic Partner.

Dwain Leonard, president and founder of Renaissance Micro, Inc., announced the service on the heels of Canto’s release of Cumulus 7.6.1, which is available for immediate download. Among various improvements and fixes, the new release supports the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM), a set of standards that enables effective, efficient online training.

SCORM, the de facto standard in learning management systems used by Secondary and Higher Educational institutions nationwide, allows eLearning content to be deployed on both commercial and open-source learning systems such as Blackboard and Moodle. The U.S. Department of Defense, through creation of the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL), has specified all of its content must be delivered via SCORM.

Canto’s support of SCORM isn’t the only feature of this Cumulus release that will help schools deliver web-based training.

“Improved support for Flash and QuickTime video formats are just two examples that Cumulus academic customers will find beneficial for managing their video based training material,” Leonard said. “Used in conjunction with the Cumulus Video Suite, video-on-demand web streaming solutions are now possible for teaching and learning.”

So where does Renaissance Micro’s eLearning Express Configuration Service come in?

“We smooth the way, ensuring rapid deployment for Cumulus EDU users,” Leonard said. “Our new service will help Cumulus users customize and configure their system allowing them to quickly create visual SCORM repositories which can be organized and shared with other instructors, simplifying reuse of course content and minimizing eLearning content licensing fees.”

The eLearning Express Configuration Service is available immediately. Additional details and pricing information is available on the Renaissance Micro website.

About Renaissance Micro, Inc.

Renaissance Micro specializes in digital asset management and workflow solutions.

Since 1999, our digital asset management solutions, with optional integrated e-commerce shopping cart, have allowed colleges and universities to create both in-house and online digital photo archives for scholarly purposes, alumni outreach activities, and institutional fund raising. Developed using the proven Cumulus Core technologies from Canto Software, Inc., our solutions provide safe, secure and easily customizable search/access capabilities for photos, videos, pod-casts, marketing collateral and more. Renaissance Micro is a Canto Academic Partner serving educational institutions throughout the United States.

Learn more: http://www.renaissancemicro.com

About Canto

Canto has been dedicated to helping customers fully utilize their digital assets since

1990.

Learn more: http://www.canto.com

About the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL)

The ADL Initiative, sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is a collaborative effort, between government, industry, and academia to establish a new learning distribution environment that permits the interoperability of the learning tools and course content on a global scale.

Learn more: http://www.adlnet.gov.

SOURCE Renaissance Micro Inc.


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