OpenSesame Connects Enterprise Learners to Millions of Videos

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New “SCORM” Video Player, which Debuts at ASTD Conference, Turns Simple Videos into eLearning Courses

Despite the massive amount of training and educational video available, integrating it into learning management systems has historically been difficult

OpenSesame (http://www.OpenSesame.com), an open marketplace for elearning, announced today that it has developed an elearning standards-compatible video player that unlocks millions of hours of high-quality video content for use in enterprise learning management systems (LMS). The new video player enables content owners to easily convert their videos into professional elearning courses delivered and tracked in learning management systems. As a result, millions of videos on internet sites such as YouTube are now convertible into sharable content object reference model (SCORM) elearning courses. With the OpenSesame video player, training managers can now simply deploy existing videos into their LMS and track their employees' professional skills development.

OpenSesame is an open marketplace connecting buyers of elearning content with an extensive library of courses, now including videos, provided by a wide range of sellers. OpenSesame sellers include publishers, professional content developers, business consultants and other subject matter experts. Courses purchased through the OpenSesame marketplace automatically work on any learning management system. In addition to unlocking access to existing video learning content, the OpenSesame video player will enable people with minimal software design experience to make elearning courses.

The OpenSesame team introduced this innovation at the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) TechKnowledge conference in San Jose, CA today.

“Despite the massive amount of training and educational video available, integrating it into learning management systems has historically been difficult,” said Don Spear, CEO, OpenSesame. “Just as researchers in the past had to travel to institutions to access historical documents, elearners in corporate environments could not access simple videos through their learning management system software. OpenSesame’s new video player bridges the gap between videos and learners in a business environment while enabling managers to track learners’ participation.”

“Our new tool will enable companies to track videos just like they track the rest of their elearning library,” said Josh Blank, co-founder and general manager, OpenSesame. “Making videos trackable as elearning courses gives our customers more ways to meet their learning and development goals.”

About SCORM
SCORM refers to the Sharable Content Object Reference Model, the e-learning industry’s set of software standards. Advance Distributed Learning (ADL), a government body, created this system of industry standards for e-learning software to ensure that content created by different authors can be used in a variety of LMS’s.

About OpenSesame
OpenSesame is an open marketplace for e-learning that connects buyers and sellers of elearning. Buyers can browse hundreds of courses in a wide variety of subjects from workplace safety to business skills– all compatible with any learning management system. OpenSesame is based in Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit http://www.opensesame.com or follow @opensesamenow on Twitter.

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