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On-Demand, Interactive Programming from Local Storage

CADE's Learning Management Web supports many different types of training: live and pre-recorded satellite delivery, web-based, SCORM, paper-based, classroom, and "On-Demand". Although web-based and paper-based training are available on demand, "on-demand" will be used here to describe archived versions of live, satellite delivered courses that can be requested by an individual learner at a time of their own choosing.  CADE provides on-demand training through a variety of approaches.

  1. Streaming audio and video from a central media server
  2. Off-hour transfer of program archives to remote locations
  3. Satellite delivery, on-site capture, and local streaming

Transfer via Satellite Not Terrestrial Lines

While the first two approaches are viable options, there is an increasing need to eliminate the transfer of large audio/video files over the terrestrial network.  Doing so will reduce bandwidth requirements and provide a more responsive session to the learner.  Working with its partners and the proper equipment, Learn.Net has developed the capability to:

  • Deliver program archives via satellite 
  • Capture and store archives at the remote site on a local server 
  • Access the contents of the server from the Learning Management Web
  • Stream selected archives from the local archive server 
  • Play the archive on the personal computer or TV

Use of a video receiver/server at the remote site allows a program to be captured locally as it is broadcast over the satellite and made part of a library of locally stored archives. Programs are captured by remote personnel explicitly saving the programs or can be captured by central office personnel, forcing selected courses to be saved on all remote systems. Once part of the library, these programs become part of the selection of On-Demand courses available to learners at each remote location.

More Ways to Deliver Recorded Programs

CADE supports the on-demand delivery of pre-recorded programs than any other system... all with interactivity and capture of participant responses.

  • Rebroadcast of interactive programs via satellite
  • On-demand delivery to the desktop for individual participants
  • On-demand delivery to groups at a single site or location

Rebroadcast of Interactive Programs

Tied into the CADE scheduling system is the ability to start simulate the instructor's actions for pre-recorded programs,  Participants log on, interact with the video, and have their responses recorded in the CADE database.  Participants at remote locations can answer the questions exactly as they would just like it was a live broadcast.  Interactive, pre-recorded programs don't require an instructor/presenter, yet allow the system to:

  • Record Participant and Site Attendance
  • Record Participant's Answers to Broadcast Questions
  • Accept Recorded Audio Questions from Participants

Recorded questions can be answered by recording an audio response through a special web page in the CADE Learning Management Web.  Participants can hear both their original question and the recorded answer when they log on the web site.

CADE On-Demand to the Desktop

To access courses stored locally, a learner logs on to the CADE Learning Management Web (LMW) with their logon ID and password and can request an on-demand course in a number of different ways. First, a learner is presented with a list of all available courses in the library. A web application in the LMW requests a list of available courses from the local server and displays it to the learner. Secondly, a learner might search through the course catalog and select a course from a list of matching search criteria. The selected course may be one of the archived courses in the local library of courses. Finally, a learner may have been assigned a series of courses in a "Program of Study". The Program of Study displays a list of courses that are required for that individual learner to take. One or more of these may be a course in the archive library.

CADE Solo - On-Demand to the Classroom

There may also be a need to deliver these locally stored archives to groups of people at a single site or location rather than to an individual.  For example, a training coordinator might like a group of employees on the 2nd or 3rd shift to watch a program that couldn't be delivered live at a convenient time for them.

CADE Solo provides this ability by allowing a training coordinator to select from a list of locally stored video archives.  Once selected, it automatically starts the CADE Virtual Classroom and establishes a link to the CADE database through the Solo Server in the studio.  Participants can watch the program on the TV and respond to questions asked by the instructor with their wireless remote controls just as if it were live.

Synchronized Delivery of Questions with Video

In each scenario, CADE has the ability to use the timing information stored in the database to present questions to the learner in synchronization with the instructor in the video so that it appears to be a live course... Without transmitting large video files over the wide area network!  While the learner can not call in and talk with the instructor, they can record an audio question that is answered by the instructor or subject matter expert at a later time.

Conditional Access

Sites equipped to capture archives via satellite can also be restricted by the conditional access features of CADE. Sites can be selected for broadcast based on standard information like state, region, size, etc. or on an unlimited number of characteristics assigned to a individual site.

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