This tool is aiming to be the WordPress of online course creators

“We’re trying to solve a real dilemma,” said Gregor Freund, co-founder and CEO at Versal. “Every day, millions of teachers stand in front of 30-40 students, students from the ‘app generation.’ They’re incredibly tech-savvy and demand information at their fingertips. Educators tend to think that online learning should be left to a production designer, because they don’t have the time or skills to use complicated software—and they wouldn’t be wrong! Most educators also don’t have the budget to hire an online content designer.”

Freund continued, saying the he wants Versal’s capabilities to inspire a “cultural shift in thinking,” allowing teachers and professors to view themselves as online learning designers thanks to this “intuitive” platform for creating online curricula as they see fit. “Videos and slide decks no longer make the grade. Online assignments have to be interactive. Versal empowers any teacher, trainer or online expert—without any coding skills—to easily create and customize incredibly dynamic and effective lessons.”

“Versal is not the only tool I use, nor is the Internet,” explained Iannuccilli. “I don’t know if I would give myself the moniker of ‘Online Learning Designer,’ [but] I do feel that Versal is an online tool that allows me to communicate information to my students in such a way that will excite their interest in science as well as better their understanding of science, and that is my job. If that makes me an ‘Online Learning Designer’ then so be it.”

Like WordPress, but for online learning
A course creator platform, Versal’s major benefits for educators include:

  1. The ability to drag and drop text, images, notes, and more onto a blank canvas.
  2. A completely open platform that allows for the use of multiple third-party gadgets, such as Quizlets, Google Docs, Prezis, SketchUp 3D diagrams, etc. The open platform also allows for any generic embed.
  3. The ability to incorporate videos, surveys, quizzes, diagrams, and countless other tools to make courses more engaging.
  4. Integration with major LMS solutions, such as Schoology, Blackboard, and Canvas; as well as the ability to receive analytics [both functionalities available with a Pro account].

An example of an embeddable SketchUp 3D diagram:

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Meris Stansbury

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