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Versal | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Are you inspired to create amazing interactive courses, but don’t know how to code?


Versal is a simple (open) publishing platform with everything you need. Add text, videos, images, quizzes and interactive learning gadgets and bring your expertise to life.


We’re currently in beta, so you may encounter an occasional hiccup. More features are on the way. Have an idea? We'd love to hear it.


... Beyond video. Beyond slide decks. Versal brings interactivity to online learning through customizable exercises called “gadgets.”


Drag and drop gadgets – simulations, charts and so much more - right into your course, no coding required." from source: https://versal.com/


#edtech #course-authoring #authoring #education #training #ISD  #OER



Twitter: @Versal - https://twitter.com/versal

Foundation: https://versal.org/

Blog: http://blog.versal.com/


ghbrett's insight:

Here is a new startup, Versal. It is an Online Learning authoring tool with modules that allow an author, teacher, trainer, or anyone to build "courses". Currently it an open platform.  I'm sure that if what they suggest is true, then it could be a model for a MOOC or online education platform. It was just announced on Google+ today with it's own circle and moderated communnity. The circle conversation can be found at: http://bit.ly/13yfk9y


I will be curious to hear how this application will scale up. Also, how it is currently managed and will this lead to another freemium web application that gets you hooked and then charges as your repertoire grows. Or when your audience expands beyond a few tens of participant to a few thousands. We'll see.

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Multiscreen Patterns | precious, strategic design & visual language

Multiscreen Patterns | precious, strategic design & visual language | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

  "During the last years, our design studio has been involved in many different projects – from designing mainly websites and desktop software in our early days, to smartphone apps, prototypes for TV interfaces and more recently, applications for tablet devices.


  Working for all those devices was interesting and challenging. Not just because of the diverse screen sizes and input methods, but because we learned in our user research how different the contexts are in which these gadgets are used.


  ... To make these scenarios more tangible for ourselves and to communicate them better to our clients, we started documenting patterns we noticed. These patterns and associated examples were the core of many workshops we did in various constellations: with brand managers, advertising professionals and design students.


  Today we like to share this part of our research work: patterns for multiscreen strategies. It’s been a handy reference when discussing solutions for digital products and services. We hope you’ll find them useful too." - from the source


NOTE: This is an interesting article about planning for using content on multiple screen sizes or multiple platforms. There are two links: 1) to analog (paper) templates that can be used to design layout for that size screen and 2) User patterns that can help identify users in varied scenarios. A worthwhile read for anyone considering designing content for laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

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BigBluebutton - open source web conferencing with extended functions

BigBluebutton - open source web conferencing with extended functions | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system built on over fourteen open source components to create an integrated solution that runs on Mac, Unix, and PC computers. In the true sense of open source, we invite you to try out and participate in our project.

Vision: Our vision is that starting a web conference should be as easy as clicking a single metaphorical big blue button. As an open source project, we believe it should be easy for others to embrace and extend education. And while web conferencing means many things to many people — our focus is to make the best web conferencing system for distance education.

What’s new in this release (Beta 08.1):
1) Simplified interface – BigBlueButton now has a consolidated Users window for easier session management and a more consistent user interface (including updated skin and icons) to help new users get started quickly.


2) Layout Manager – BigBlueButton now enables users to choose from a number of preset layouts to quickly adapt to different modes of learning.


3) Recording of whiteboard and webcams – BigBlueButton now records for playback all the activity in the presentation window (whiteboard, mouse movements, and pan/zoom) and all webcams shared during a session.


4) Text tool for whiteboard – Presenters can now annotate their slides with text.


5) New APIs – The BigBlueButton API now includes the ability to dynamically configure each client on a per-user bases, thus enabling developers to configure the skin, layout, modules, etc. for each user. There is also a JavaScript interface to control the client.


6) Accessibility – BigBlueButton now supports screen readers JAWS (version 11+) and NVDA. A list of keyboard shortcuts have been added to make it easier to navigate through the interface using the keyboard.


7) LTI Support – BigBlueButton is IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) 1.0 compliant. This means any LTI consumer can integrate with BigBlueButton without requiring custom plug-ins.


8) Mozilla Persona – The API demos now include examples of how to sign into a BigBlueButton session using Mozilla Persona.
Support for LibreOffice 4.0 – BigBlueButton now uses LibreOffice 4.0 for conversion of of 9) MS Office documents (upload of PDF is still recommend to provide best results)." from source: http://www.bigbluebutton.org/

ghbrett's curator insight, July 1, 2013 3:11 PM

This sounds like an exciting alternative educational, training, and groupware tool. I will be participating in a group test later next week and will make a further comment then.