That’s why when we launched last July, Versal’s interactive course creator was (and will remain) open to everyone – from schoolteachers and professors, to tutors and corporate trainers. No contracts for your organization or district to sign, and no hoops to jump through.
This philosophy is also why we chose to empower you to embed courses anywhere on the web. No walled gardens. And it’s why we will open up our gadget library to third-party developers early this year.
Today, we’re continuing with this theme and are very excited to announce that Versal is now open to collaborative authoring. Invite anyone to contribute to your course and work hand-in-hand to transform online learning. Please keep in mind that this is a new beta feature, so if you encounter a gremlin or two please shoot us a note (and thank you for your patience!). We’ll be continuing to test and enhance everything over the next few weeks.
All Versal courses are now collaborative by default – the new features are seamlessly integrated into the platform.
In our official press release this morning, our CEO Gregor Freund shared more on his vision behind open collaboration:
“Collaborative authoring paves the way for a new approach to creating online courses. Imagine dozens of physics professors and researchers from around the world working together to author the ultimate guide to the fundamental structure of the universe. Or an online community of gardening enthusiasts teaching people how to grow organic vegetables. Or a network of global non-profit advocates creating a water filtration course to help individuals in developing countries. The possibilities are unlimited.”
Beyond enabling you to invite people to join your course, approved contributors may also comment on each other’s contributions and exchange ideas inside the course creator. We’re expecting lively debates!
There are no restrictions on the number of contributors you may add to your course. However we recommend that you initially limit it to people you trust – especially if the content you’ve created is sensitive. Soon we’ll release new permissions to allow you to choose who can only add and edit their own gadgets.
We’re also kicking off this new feature by opening up a catalog of pre-scaffolded courses designed for anyone to join in and contribute. Courses range from Organic Chemistry to The Clever Gardener Guide to DSLR Photography and more. Check it out! (We’ll be accepting requests to join these courses on a rolling basis at first, so if you don’t receive approval right away, you will soon.
Welcome to a new era in open collaboration. Give it a try and let us know what you think?Continue Reading