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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Acrobatiq Launches Powerful New Smart Author™ Tool Enabling Higher Education Institutions to Develop, Deliver and Optimize Online Learning

First in a New Generation of Enterprise-Level Courseware Authoring Solutions  

Acrobatiq, a leading learning optimization company in the fast growing adaptive learning market, announced today at EDUCAUSE 2015 the launch of its Smart Author™ Adaptive Learning Platform – the first in a new generation of enterprise-level course authoring and data analytics solutions for higher education institutions to rapidly develop, deliver and continuously improve high quality online courses and programs.

Acrobatiq Smart Author enables best practices in data-driven instructional design through easy-to-use, web-based tools for 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 in making improvements. 

Institutions can use Smart Author to extend high-quality educational access online through instructionally effective and mobile-ready seat or competency-based 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. 

Acrobatiq's approach to learning optimization has roots in 12 years of groundbreaking cognitive and learning sciences research from Carnegie Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative, and is proven to produce measurable improvements in student outcomes including reduced time spent to achieve equal or greater learning gains.

"Historically, building adaptive courseware required partnering faculty with cognitive and data scientists, instructional designers, and software developers. With Smart Author, we built those functions right into the tool, so we can now get out of the way and let institutions and faculty develop their own data-driven, adaptive courses," said Eric Frank, Acrobatiq CEO.

Features of Smart Author include tools to develop outcomes models, pre-built page layout templates, an intuitive WYSIWYG authoring interface, and more than 25 embeddable activity types designed to enable students to receive immediate and targeted feedback. Using predictive analytics, courseware created with Smart Author collects, analyzes and models student learning data. Dashboards show, in real time, objectives and concepts that students find difficult to master, pinpoint at-risk students, and enable educators to provide targeted interventions at the point of need.  

Acrobatiq Smart Author is a cloud-based software-as-a-service solution, purchased as an annual subscription and supported by professional services to ensure successful and sustainable implementation.

For more information on Acrobatiq's solutions for higher education, or to request a meeting, please visit

About Acrobatiq

Acrobatiq is a learning optimization and analytics company backed by Carnegie Mellon University, helping educators and academic leaders develop, deliver and continually improve high quality and instructionally effective online learning programs and degrees.  

Building on CMU's historic strengths in learning science, and the Open Learning Initiative's evidence-based research in online learning, Acrobatiq's Smart Author™ Adaptive Learning Platform, Professional Services, and portfolio of Smart Courseware™ content, enable the rapid development and cost-effective delivery of online learning that adapts to the needs of each learner. Predictive insights generated from student learning data provide educators and other key stakeholders – in real time – with detailed information about which students need help, and where, improving student achievement.

Source: PR Newswire (press release)

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