Interactive classrooms are all about innovation, and this means every year something new comes to the stage that changes the game just a little bit. This is certainly the case with a new development that has taken place in the United States of America. Here, crowdsourcing has been the impetus behind a brand-new way of thinking about creating online content. Crowdsourcing is the term used when a community of people, the majority of which have not actually met each other, come together to create content or another kind of project that is for the greater good. Sometimes it can be used in the commercial sense, for example most notably when fashion is designed by a community. A recent example has been a company in America that asked its customers to help them create a new T-shirt design. This proved immensely successful and much of the company's range is now completely crowd sourced.
A company called Versal has created an interactive online classroom where anyone in the world can help to design an online course. An individual could even design their own online course using the tools from their software. The software includes around 20 learning icons and gadgets, which the user can manipulate to create their own online course. The creator of the project is Gregor Freund. Freund is confident that the project will grow and grow, because some people are genuinely unhappy with the way online courses are created and run, and it allows freedom for everyone who is able to use a computer to create a course.
The tool is very simple. Users click on and then drag across gadgets into the learning campus, which means that they can literally create their own course that looks professional and is able to be of use to their learners. Imagine having a blank canvas in front of you upon which you can drag images and text to create a course from scratch. It has already proven to be very successful with some schools and learning institutions in the United States.
What makes the tool even more powerful is the fact that the developers plan to leave it open to developers in a bigger way. The API of Versal will be made open to developers, which means people coming and building their own gadgets to further tweak the software. What this means is that Versal will grow and grow to become something bigger than it is now. It also means the experience will be improved because the users themselves will be creating the way the software looks and how it can be changed and altered.
With interactive classrooms becoming the norm, it makes perfect sense that the courses themselves are created by the people. This will not take away from the expertise of academics, but it will create courses that are easier to use and more accessible for people who are developing their knowledge and experience.