Thu May 29, 2008 9:41am EDT
GAITHERSBURG, Md.---ShareStream's Rich Media Environment at Georgetown University has been recognized by the IMS Global Learning Consortium as the 2008 winner of the "Best Rich Media Solution" as well as a Bronze Award recipient at the annual IMS GLC Learning Impact Awards held recently in Austin, Texas.
"ShareStream's innovative platform at Georgetown was judged by our distinguished panel of judges according to eight criteria of impact, including improving access to learning, improving affordability of learning, and improving the quality of learning," stated Rob Abel, CEO of IMS GLC. "ShareStream's finish as the "Best Rich Media Solution" means that they are the best in show in this important emerging category."
ShareStream provides enterprise digital media asset-management platforms and streaming, downloading, and podcasting media services designed specifically for the unique needs of higher education.
ShareStream is integrated with universities' data services and is interoperable with other internal systems, such as learning management systems, library catalogues, and university web pages. The platform is able to automate the process of encoding content, provide lecture capture with slide synchronization, catalogue and archive media with the appropriate metadata, secure and control access to content, and audit user access and use of particular media objects. Thus, ShareStream's suite of integrated solutions brings higher education an "all-in-one," turnkey product for digital media initiatives.
ShareStream's platform also provides security/rights management features for media, including user-credential verification technology that performs authentication, authorization, and course-enrollment checking; access control lists; and location/IP address-restricted and time duration-restricted access to content.
"For over a decade IMS has made a commitment to expanding the utilization and impact of learning technology in the education and corporate learning sectors worldwide," reported David Weinstein, CEO of ShareStream. "The annual IMS Learning Impact Awards are highly competitive, and we are proud that ShareStream was fortunate to be included for recognition with such outstanding applications worldwide, and to win two separate awards," continued Weinstein. "It was fitting for the IMS awards to be given in recognition of our work with Georgetown University because Georgetown has been a critical partner for ShareStream from the beginning," stated Weinstein.
ShareStream's digital media management and delivery solution was initially developed in collaboration with Georgetown University at its Sun Center for Scholarly Information. The requirements document that served as the initial blueprint for ShareStream's technology was the result of nearly a year of extensive research conducted across Georgetown University. Today, the ShareStream platform is used to manage, secure, and deliver media for over 220 courses, in addition to providing mandatory orientation content to all students studying in its satellite campus in Qatar. ShareStream serviced roughly 220,000 on-demand requests for digital media during the past year.
"We are pleased to share the honor and recognition of this truly remarkable educational tool. ShareStream has allowed our faculty and staff at Georgetown to take advantage of our rich and extensive digital media collection and provide anytime anywhere access to it for our students, alumni, and faculty worldwide," said Charles Leonhardt, Principal Technologist at Georgetown University.
About IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC)
IMS Global Learning is a global, nonprofit, member organization that strives to enable the growth and impact of learning technology in the education and corporate learning sectors worldwide. IMS GLC members provide leadership in shaping and growing the learning industry through community development of interoperability and adoption practice standards and recognition of the return on investment from learning and educational technology. For more information, including the world's most comprehensive set of learning technology interoperability standards, information on the annual Learning Impact conference and awards program, and free community resources for learning technology leaders, visit www.imsglobal.org.
About ShareStream Education Resources, LLC
ShareStream provides secure, enterprise digital media asset-management platforms and streaming, downloading, and podcasting media services designed specifically for the unique needs of higher education. ShareStream provides its clients with a state-of-the-art media platform that enlivens students' online learning experience, bringing in all of the excitement that users are coming to expect with the advent of Web 2.0, while maintaining an intuitive user experience presented within the context of students' familiar online learning environments. ShareStream is integrated with universities' data services and is interoperable with other internal systems, such as learning management systems, library catalogues, and university web pages, and offers proprietary security and rights management features. For more information, visit www.sharestream.com.