New York University's streaming media for distance learning

New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies has implemented a secure, online distance learning network that allows students and faculty to access, manage and preview video and audio images from any Web-enabled location.

A nationally-known leader in adult education, the school enrolls more than 50,000 adult learners annually, offering 2,500 credit and noncredit courses that span more than 125 fields. The new system, which combines high-speed audio and video streaming with universal cross-platform compatibility, easily scales to thousands of users.

For the network's underpinning technology, the university chose TransMedia and its product Colaborata, a secure, customizable extranet application that interfaces with university intranets and is accessed through any standard Internet browser.

Sean Jameson, chief information technology officer for NYU SCPS, said they chose Colaborata because it combines high-speed audio and video streaming with universal cross-platform compatibility to preview and manage multimedia course materials.

"Tens of thousands of users are already using this system," he said. "Implementation was fast and painless because TransMedia's products require no software or hardware installation."

Colaborata provides media-intensive organizations with the tools to organize, store and share media assets and information, as well as the ability to communicate internally and externally via video, audio and text. By virtue of being entirely browser-based, Colaborata requires no lengthy user training.

Virtually all major video, audio, Web graphic, interactive and document formats are supported, and Colaborata offers several levels of restricted access and tools for managerial review and authorization.

TransMedia licenses its browser-based media applications to Fortune 1000 corporations, advertising, the music industry, broadcast and cable, film, publishing, government, education, ISPs and other media-intensive industries.

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