New Partnership Aims To Facilitate Online Course Creation for Teachers
A new partnership between two companies is designed to make it
teachers to create their own online courses, tutorials and homework
with interactive elements.
a company that has offered an interactive publishing
platform for online learning since its founding in 2013, and Wolfram Research,
which creates customizable interactive elements such as timelines,
quizzes, will join forces in three ways:
- Educators will now be able to directly embed content
Wolfram technology into courses they create using Versal
without any coding required;
- Stephen Wolfram, who founded Wolfram Research in
join Versal's board of directors; and
- Simultaneously, new "gadgets," the building blocks of
interactive learning elements, have been released, bringing the number
available to educators to 48.
With the Versal software, teachers are able to build
interactive and customizable learning experiences of various kinds,
everything from full courses to short lessons. With the assistance of
learning elements, they will now be able to embed content in Web sites,
and learning management systems that can be used for flipped classrooms, blended
"Computation-based interactive content should be a
every classroom," said Wolfram Research CEO and Founder Stephen Wolfram.
Versal, there's an amazing opportunity to bring a new level of
and computational knowledge to a wide range of educational settings."
Teachers can now drag and drop the Wolfram gadgets
course creation canvas to create almost any kind of instructional
"Videos and slide decks no longer make the grade,"
and Co-Founder Gregor Freund said. "Online assignments have to be
We're inspired by the way teachers are using Versal and can't wait to
they transform learning in the coming years."
In a statement, officials at both Versal and Wolfram
further collaborations are in the works.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.