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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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5 Free Tools for Creating Infographics

5 Free Tools for Creating Infographics | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Generally, people don’t have the time or energy to sit and plow through pages or screens of text; they want to be able to ingest information as quickly and easily as possible. With the recent rise of infographics (information graphics), what used to require an avalanche of stats or analyses to dissect, can now be interpreted and relayed into an easy-to-read, fun, and visually appealing schematic – and an excellent content marketing concept. Infographics, when designed well, can be applied to different online sites and social networks.

Summarized at the article are 5 free tools (with links) that allow you to start creating simple infographics or explore the potential of data visualization...

Via Lauren Moss, Beth Kanter
Cb Bowman's curator insight, September 10, 2013 12:33 PM

The Tools Needed To Get You Started in Using Infographics

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Social Learning Centre

Social Learning Centre | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The Social Learning Centre is a global online professional community for learning professionals (in both education and the workplace) to support their ongoing professional development by learning from their peers as well as leading industry practitioners and thought leaders from around the world.


Here are some of the activities that we offer:

>> Free introductory webinars on a variety of themes
>> In-depth workshops on a range of topics related to emerging developments in learning and development.
>> Other free online activities based around discussion groups and past events, including a number of on-demand learning materials" - from the source

ghbrett's comment, August 17, 2012 8:37 AM
This looks like an interesting group from UK as most fees are cited in pounds not dollars. Of further interest is the list of free webinars and for a fee workshops seen at http://sociallearningcentre.co.uk/workshops-webinars/
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Knowledge Management and E-Learning (9781439837252) - book available now

Knowledge Management and E-Learning (9781439837252) - book available now | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Edited by Jay Liebowitz and Michael S Frank:


"The book's first part looks at KM practices in e-learning and covers techniques and methodologies. The second part contains several case studies looking at applications of KM to e-learning in businesses, government agencies, and universities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., and Europe. The book concludes with a summary of future trends by experts at these organizations. This book ties knowledge management (KM) with e-learning as complementary approaches, highlighting the leading and emerging work being accomplished in this space. These chapters explain knowledge capture, retention, transfer, and sharing."



Via Karen du Toit
Karen du Toit's curator insight, June 7, 2013 7:24 AM

Future trends in KM explored as well!

Ken Keiser's curator insight, June 10, 2013 11:08 AM

I will have to look into this book to see whether it meets my needs. My organization has an interest in both aspects of KM and e-learning, for internal purposes as well as our constituents and customers.

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Students in Free Online Courses Form Groups to Study and Socialize - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Students in Free Online Courses Form Groups to Study and Socialize - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"As enrollment has rapidly increased in free online classes, also known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOC’s, students are increasingly forming groups, both online and in the real world, to study and socialize.


Whether aiming to make the experience more personal or to learn more about the possibilities of free online education, the students are seeking out various ways to connect with classmates." -- from Source


NOTE: the article goes on to give a couple well explained descriptions of different ways the groups are formed or used and which technologies they use to create their groups.

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