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have used CourseBuilder over the past few years to create
safety-related training materials with much success. Course
Builder's built in testing and tracking system allow me
to build powerful stand-alone applications with a minimum
"Discovery Systems, however, has teased me and whet my appetite for the last year and a half, allowing me to participate in testing and offering feedback on their new authoring environment, onViz. Their new product, onViz, is exponentially more powerful than CourseBuilder and will make it easier than ever for users to create compelling software."
am in the process of moving from a partnership to a collaborative
training group. The new, as yet unnamed, group is a consortium
of trainers and artists that will move from Authorware to
onViz to support the traditional training and video production
work already in progress.
I also intend to use onViz personally to build kiosks for
local charities - after I learn how to use it's new features,
- Chris Bautista, Portland, OR
have been using CourseBuilder since version 1 (late 1980's)
to create a number of medical education programs using CourseBuilder."
simply involved setting up buttons to display video of blood
bank testing and/or a text description - and this took essentially
NO time to do. On the other hand, I have also created a
casebook of clinical cases in Transfusion Medicine, which
involves complex answer interpretation -- e.g. giving students
9 possible choices, of which only 5 are correct. This represents
a fairly complex programming task for a development environment
as visual as CourseBuilder."
projects have included an atlas of photomicrographs, which
the learner could choose to view in order of either slide
number (as presented in the course laboratory) or by organ
system. This same program also included a flash card feature
that would display an image at random with the description
obscured until a second button press revealed the correct
the most interactive project I've been able to complete
with CourseBuilder was to simulate the interpretation of
antibody identification panels in a blood bank. This involves
highlighting the correct columns from among 12 choices,
then highlighting the correct rows from a total of perhaps
25 different choices. Needless to say, determining whether
the student has selected the correct choices and giving
feedback for both correct and incorrect choices is no small
task. But CourseBuilder's Smart Sprites feature made it
an easy task."
- Marian Petrides,
M.D., Director, Pathology Residency Program, University
of Mississippi Medical Center, Madison, MS
programs are our tools of choice for producing interactive,
tutorial courseware. We have used Discovery Systems International's
CourseBuilder to create over 200 instructional modules in
are titled "The Achievement Prep Series," (www.achievementprep.com) and are used in the United States and Canada. We are presently using the new and powerful onViz program to create a vocabulary series for grades 4 through college. The new features in onViz for sound and image libraries greatly facilitate this endeavor."
- Sterling Davis,
Director, Modular Educational Programs Co., Tyner, IN
have been using CourseBuilder for many years now and it
is still is one of the easiest and user friendliest programs
for authoring of Educational multimedia. Its main strength
is the ease of use of scoring user input when answering
questions and scoring quizzes and tests."
new onViz product builds on the strengths of the aging CourseBuilder
and provides all the modern bells and whistles, too numerous
to mention here. The most valuable new tool for me is its
ability to download updated segments of courseware from
the Internet or an Intranet. This of course represents the
ability of the author to instantly update and expand the
- Thomas Maler,
Multimedia Software Developer, Toronto, Canada
am a Macintosh user, and CourseBuilder allows me both to
develop on a Macintosh platform, and to port my applications
to Windows without any hassle. Sort of the best of both
not enjoy writing code or scripting; it is not my job. But
I think structure is essential. The DSI approach of a very
high-level course map, made of interconnected objects as
building blocks, bridging into a variety of other files,
the whole recombinable in hierarchies, is ideal for people
like me. I just have to worry about the objectives of my
application, the kind of interactivity I need, and the type
of feedback to fit the purpose, then I build and play with
the system like kids do with Lego blocks."
(and now onViz) provide me with practically all the functionality
I require for most of my applications. Tutorials, knowledge
bases, forms, templates, wizards, surveys, exercises, assessments,
simulations - all of these are examples of the wide range
of products one can successfully build."
library approach taken by DSI for CourseBuilder and enhanced
in the new onViz allows us to build relatively lean applications,
not requiring huge disk space or RAM. This is a valuable
benefit when you have to transfer files by e-mail or the
- Eduardo Casais, Ph. D., Professor at the University of Algarve, Portugal
Business Consultant. Teaches and consults in
project management and marketing for international audiences
a consultant to our shelter care and juvenile detention
programs, I have had the opportunity to create interactive
student orientation programs for our classrooms. Both teachers
and students have responded very positively to the programs."
am working with our Education Agency and Iowa Department
of Human Services to develop interactive computer training
for Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting for the state of Iowa.
I am also working on developing a reading and writing program
for students with reading problems in our shelters and detentions.
So I am finding a lot of use for the program. Each day I
seem to learn something new about it."
few weeks ago I completed an interactive spelling program
which includes 1400 words ranging from pre-primer words
to very challenging words. It will be used this year in
all our classrooms. I am currently working on a reading
program to be used with students in shelter and detention
capability of CourseBuilder to run on both Macintosh and
Windows machines is also an outstanding feature. I have
found the program to be extremely useful and an essential
tool in my job. I have played around with onViz some - haven't
really created a project yet. But from what I have done
so far, I think it truly builds on the strengths of CourseBuilder,
yet at the same time expands the capacities of the program."
appears to me that onViz enhances the simplicity of CourseBuilder
and also stretches the capacity of CourseBuilder to new
dimensions. To put it simply, I love the program!!!"
- Gene Behrens, Consultant, Shelter Care Education
Program, Heartland Area Education Agency, Johnston, IA