A Partner course is simply any course that is not authored by Mastery. The instructional design among Partner products will vary and the playback experience will not benefit from lesson caching. These differences are not necessarily negatives. Nor are they always relevant given your particular needs. You must examine each Partner course and make your own assessment of whether its instructional design and media playback characteristics meet your needs.
A well designed Partner course can match many of the platform features of a Mastery course. It depends on the course producer's standards and capabilities. To help with your assessment, we identify the producers of our Partner courses on course product pages.
The instructional design characteristics of a Partner course varies among interactive producers and will also vary according to the audience needs and the intended use of the product. Mastery Technologies is often the interactive producer on joint projects with video producer partners.
Interactive implementations among Partner courses will range from the very basic to the very elaborate and immersive interactions. Generally an interactive content producer will adopt an instructional design model and apply it to all or most of their courses. Course features are described or listed on course product pages.
Partner courses use file streaming technology for delivering video content. All Partner courses use properly prepared video files and will play with a specific popular and ubiquitous player or plugin. You will achieve good video performance if your internet connection can sustain approximately 300 Kbps of available bandwidth per user for the entire learning session. Usually this is not a problem with high-speed home connections. If you are using a shared workplace connection, you should test the course with your expected number of concurrent users to determine if the bandwidth available to your users is adequate to sustain acceptable video performance. Poor video performance appears as excessive buffering delays, video and audio disruptions during playback, and loss of video control functions.