Educational Technology

July 20, 2013

Tool Aims To Help Teachers Turn Online Courses Into More Than Classic ‘Chalk Talks’

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

by EdSurge

Versal hopes to breath life and possibilities into what they see as a very limited set of tools that currently exist. Their course-building platform offers a set of pre-made gadgets that allow teachers to build interactive courses on their platform through a what-you-see-is-what-you-get drag and drop interface. To add interactivity beyond basic pictures, texts and embedded quizzes, Versal uses gadgets to create interactive graphs, simulations, and models. With these gadgets, teachers can build models or simulations that the students use to experience and manipulate the content they are learning. Examples include a 3-D model of a skeleton where students click on parts of the face that will then appear on the skeleton, and a simulation where students can set limits like population and and contact rate to see how disease spreads. Sharing courses with students is enabled via facebook, twitter, email, or direct links.

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