Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Monday, January 6, 2014

New App for Teams to Create Online Courses

Teams of educators now have a way to create online courses. The open-publishing platform Versal is beta-testing its Versal for Teams application that provides instructors with a platform to build courses that include text, video, quizzes, and customizable interactive simulations that can be published and shared with learners through a web site or blog.

The tool is set up for nonprogrammers, allowing them to drag and drop items into the course. The team edition provides a dashboard for managing author activity, course progress, and learner success tracking.

“We instantly started hearing feedback from companies and universities that they loved the ability to create and publish courses, but needed tools to manage everything internally. This is only our first step in building out a platform that is flexible for anyone—individual instructors and organizations alike,” Versal founders and CEO Gregor Freund told Campus Technology.

The base program is free and includes one gigabyte of storage for the development of three courses that can be accessed by up to 100 people. Prices range from $250 to $5,000 per month for teams needing the bandwidth to create more courses.

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