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Versal

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

#Open

 

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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SocialFish | MUST READ: Clay Shirky on Disruption

SocialFish | MUST READ: Clay Shirky on Disruption | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Now, this imminent disruption to higher education that Shirky goes on to describe is not a new topic, at least not in social media circles where we love to discuss the disruption of anything and everything (and, in fact, wrote a book about it).  But the higher education issue is one that I am concerned that not enough associations are thinking about (that I can see).  Associations, most of them anyway, are in the business of professional development for the people in their industries.  Are you positioning yourself to be part of the new world of social learning when it starts to happen overnight?  What happens to the millions of new college graduates in a couple of years who are used to learning online? Will they find the educational resources they need from your association website?  Will it be easy to navigate?  Will they be able to share educational courses, or videos, or quizzes, or anything else with their peers on a topic-by-topic basis?  Will they be able to include their peers, including some who may not specifically be signed up to your webinars, in their learning?  Will they find it easy to conduct online discussions around your educational content with people across the globe and in different time zones?  Will they be able to dip in and out however they please?  Will they be able to get the CE/CME/CPE/CEU and every other continuing education credit they might need in the ways that they need them?" from the source: http://www.socialfish.org/

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For the past decade or more Higher Education, among other industries, has lived in a climate of paradox. This reviewer was on the "Academic Computing" side of the fence where the innovators and free range chickens were exploring new technologies (aka "shiny new toy"), but at the same time making contributions to the corpus of knowledge that the Academy demands. On the other side of the fence were the "Administrative Computing" folk. They represented the business aspects of education. Their reputation was much like a secret society that kept everything locked up and hidden from the world. Since then there have been different attempts to blend libraries with academic computing, administrative computing, and oh yes, telephones and television on campus. Pardon the long prelude, but this article is a refreshing lead into a post from Clay Shirkey on the "imminent disruption to higher education" in general from social media, open everything, ubiquitous computing. And believe it or not, the new digital generation does know where the OFF SWITCH is. The problem is that many of the older generation don't know where the ON SWITCH in.

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MakerBot and Robohand -- 3D Printing Mechanical Hands

A short film about using a 3D printer and a long distance collaboration to create a simple and effective robotic hand for children and adults.

 

MORE INFORMATION makerbot.com/robohand robohand.blogspot.com

 

MAKE A ROBOHAND thingiverse.com/thing:44150

 

 

ghbrett's insight:

This shows how a home 3D printer from Makerbot is able to rapidly prototype and even create working products that help people survive. 3D printing is often associated with corporate design or art or other things. This is the first case I have seen a 3D printer used to improve mobility and physically aiding people to have more normal lives.

 

Keep in mind this is a good model that communities, agencies, maker space participants should follow. We have many veterans returning from the current and recent "police actions" over seas who need prosthetic supplements. Get cracking folks! Tinker! Make! and let's help each other.

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ghbrett's comment, May 8, 2013 10:39 AM
Mashable has another version of the story at: http://mashable.com/2013/02/13/robohand/