How it works

Ready to create a course with Versal? Once you’ve signed up for an account, getting started is easy. Follow the steps outlined below and your course will be up and running in no time.

Still have questions or feedback? Shoot us an email at or submit a help request.

Step-by-step guide

Create a course

Once you’ve created an account, simply click the “create a course” link on the nav bar, and you’re in.

Versal’s course creator is a blank canvas to express your knowledge and share your expertise. To bring a course to life, you’ll add gadgets, lessons and more.

Quick tip: once you’re in the course creator, your work will be automatically saved as you go. No need to save, and if you lose your connection or your browser crashes, your course will be waiting when you get back.

(Next…inviting contributors.)

Inviting contributors

Now, it's easy to work together with friends, colleagues or anyone else! By adding contributors, you can create content and everyone can add and edit gadgets. You’ll even be able to comment on each others work directly in the course canvas.

1. Email people a link to your course overview page.

2. They will need to click the "help create this course" link in the upper right corner. They’ll need to create an account first, if they don’t already have one.

3. Approve their request in your admin panel (located under the “admin” link in the upper right corner of your course overview page)

4. They’ll receive an email letting them know they are approved, and they’re in!

5. You may remove contributors at any time from your admin panel.

(Next…how to name your course and lessons.)

Naming your courses and lessons

At the top of the Table of Contents column on the left, you’ll find your course title. To edit, click the pencil icon and type in your new title. Click outside the box and it will save automatically.

You may change a lesson title in two places. At the top of the canvas is the title for the current lesson. Click to edit.

In the Table of Contents column, you may edit lesson titles by clicking the pencil icon.

(Next…how to add gadgets to your lesson.)

Adding gadgets to your lesson

Beyond basic gadgets like headers and text, there are a selection of gadgets available for you and your contributors to use in your course - like images, videos, charts, surveys, quizzes and interactive simulations.

Gadgets are located in a tray at the bottom of your canvas. Simply drag a gadget into your course canvas. Gadgets may be rearranged throughout a lesson by grabbing the menu icon and dragging it to a new location.

The gadget tray slides down when you add a gadget to your course, and comes back when you are not currently editing a gadget. You may also manually open/close the gadget tray by clicking the double arrows.

(Next…how to filter gadgets.)

Filtering gadgets

The gadget tray features filters to help you keep the gadgets you need handy. For example, the “all” filter allows you to scroll through all of the available gadgets. The “course” filter allows you to see all of the gadgets you’re currently using in the course.

(Next…how to add headers to your canvas.)

Adding new headers

As you’re creating your course, we recommend breaking up lessons into smaller segments. This will help your learners more easily digest information and will add structure to your course.

Headers help you accomplish this goal by creating sections. Not only do headers segment a course within the course canvas, but they are also viewable in the Table of Contents. This helps your learner more easily navigate to information.

To add a new header within your current lesson, click-and-drag the “Header” gadget directly onto the canvas.

Enter your copy…the text will automatically be formatted to stand out from the rest of your text. You may add multiple headers in a lesson to create separate sections for different topics.

When you add a Header, the copy will automatically populate in the Table of Contents bar to the left of your canvas. To remove it from the Table of Contents, delete the Header gadget from the canvas.

(Next…how to add text to your canvas.)

Adding new text

To start writing, select the “Text” gadget and drag it onto your canvas. You’ll be able to start typing immediately.

To edit text, double-click anywhere in the copy box, or hover over the gadget’s menu icon and select the gear icon. To delete a text block, select the trashcan. Be careful, deleting a gadget cannot be undone.

Text boxes may be moved within your course by “grabbing” the menu icon and re-positioning the text block within your course.

(Next…how to customize gadgets.)

Customizing gadgets

Beyond basic gadgets like headers and text, there are a selection of gadgets to add to your course, like images, videos, charts, surveys, quizzes, diagrams and simulations. Many gadgets have advanced properties and customization options to create an exercise that complements your topic. Each gadget is different, so to view the options, drag the gadget into your course. Click the gear icon to view available customization options.

To delete a gadget, click on the trash icon.

(Next…how to add a new lesson.)

Adding a lesson

To add a lesson, select the “Add lesson” option in the Table of Contents column.

Then, click on the new lesson title that just appeared in the menu, and you’ll be directed to a new blank canvas.

You may also reorder or delete existing lessons in the Table of Contents column by dragging a lesson to i’s new position in the course.

(Next…how to publish your course.)

Publishing your course

Once you’ve finished creating your course, click your course’s title to go to your course’ overview page.

This is your place to share more information about the course, and is the first thing people will see before taking your course. It’s important to add context and detail so people know what to expect. You must fill out the course overview page before publishing your course.

To fill in a required field, simply click each and start typing. Add your name, a short description of your course, and a more-detailed description of your course.

Don’t forget to upload a picture to represent your course.

Once you’re done, click the “admin” link in the upper right corner. Click “publish” and an alert will ask you to confirm that you’re ready to publish.

If you want to edit your course, you can go back into the course by clicking “edit” in your admin panel. Once you’ve edited the course, you must republish it for learners to see your edits.

You may not unpublish a course. We are working on this feature and expect it to be available soon.

Deleting a course: If you do not wish anyone to take your course anymore, you may delete it. If you delete a course, your course materials cannot be recovered. Please use caution with this option.

(Next…embedding and sharing your published course…)

Embedding and sharing your published course

Once your course is published, it’s easy to share your course with anyone or embed it in your blog or website.

Embedding a course on your website or blog is easy. Tumblr,, Wix, Squarespace and most HTML sites will allow you to do it. Since each follows a unique set of steps, we created this handy course to walk you through all of the options.

Once your course is published, it’s easy to share your course with anyone. Right now, there are three main options:

1. Social media: To invite people to take course course on social media, click the Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn icons, located next to your profile image. Nothing will ever be posted automatically. You are in complete control at all times.

2. Email: To invite people via email, click the Mail icon. This will open up your default email client and auto-populate an invitation. Note that nothing will be ever sent automatically. You will be able to change any of the message fields and/or choose not to send it at all.

3. Direct link: To grab a direct link to your course to send to people, click the link icon and copy the link.

You’re done!