- Hoping to combat what he calls "one-dimensional" online learning, Gregor Freund founded Versal, an online learning company providing free, interactive lectures.
- Versal aims to set itself apart with its "gadget" tool, which allows educators to provide students with interactive learning exercises that can be studied, manipulated or modeled, and gadgets already exist for interactive infographics, mathematical expressions, 3D modeling and color theory.
- In addition to its launch today with only three example courses, Versal is also launching the Versal Foundation, allowing nonprofits and universities interestedin creating courses on the platform to apply for grants that range from $1,000 to $25,000.
From the article:
... “Existing courses are really just PowerPoints or videos,” said Versal CEO Gregor Freund. “They’re really only taking advantage of ten percent of the computer. If a course is on a computer it should be taking advantage of its full capabilities.”
“As they exist now, online courses require incredibly motivated learners to stick with them,” he added. ...