SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. and SILVER SPRING, MD. – March 4, 2015 – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced the launch of five newly created interactive training courses powered by Versal, the free and interactive publishing platform for online learning.
Designed to guide educators through the dynamic features of Discovery Education’s digital resources, each course includes video overviews and step-by-step guides created exclusively by members of Discovery Education’s professional learning community, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN). These five courses show participants:
Each interactive session can be completed in approximately one hour. Following completion of each course, educators have the option to take a quiz and receive a certificate equal to one hour of professional development credit.
With Versal, teachers and instructional designers are empowered to create and publish highly interactive and customizable learning experiences - no coding required. From full courses to short lessons, authors may easily create engaging online educational material and embed it in websites, blogs and LMS platforms.
“We at Discovery Education are always looking for new ways to support educators’ efforts to seamlessly integrate our services into classroom instruction,” said Robert Onsi, Senior Vice President at Discovery Education. “After thoroughly reviewing many publishing platforms, we were proud to select Versal as the publishing platform partner for these interactive sessions. Through these easy to build courses, educators can quickly and easily learn about the powerful content at their fingertips.”
“If you browse through all of the educational content and services provided to schools by Discovery Education, it is of the highest quality and very engaging,” said Gregor Freund, CEO and co-founder at Versal. “Educators around the world rely on Discovery Education to provide engaging content for their students and professional development that helps them effectively integrate digital content into the classroom and grow their instructional practice. We are very honored to be selected as their in-house publishing platform.”
To learn more about the courses, please visit discoveryeducation.com.
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
Versal is an interactive publishing platform for online learning – free and open to anyone with knowledge and the desire to share it. Versal is ideal for individual teachers, educational institutions and organizations who want to create online courses, lessons, product tutorials, training courses and more. Based in San Francisco, Calif., the company first began pilot testing of its course creator and gadget technology in July 2013. For more information visit versal.com or connect via Twitter and Facebook.
or Marie Domingo