Description:- iversity is an online MOOC platform featuring a variety of advanced collaboration features that provide an opportunity to the users to have access to a vast world of Open Online Courses to learn better in groups by sharing knowledge and
creating their own personal content side by side.
- Online Open Course and Collaboration platform
Usability:- iversity is a very neatly built platform that empowers the users to have access to Open Online Courses from all across the globe and facilitates group learning. Also, the system offers the users the ability to access as many courses as they wish to join. With a powerful and comprehensive notifications feature, the system helps the users keep track of all course activities and manage all their content online. The system offers an additional ability to create online CVs and contacts. The users can have personal workspaces, allowing exploitation of all the system features without the fear of the information being exposed to anyone else.
The platform offers users to create online resource repositories and use personal file management systems concurrently. With online document viewing and annotation, discussion and messaging added to all the aforementioned features, the platform holds promise in being an extremely powerful MOOC resource, with a plethora of pre-existing Open Courses under its hood.
By clicking on the top right corner of the home page, users are directed to the login page. Signing up is very simple, just enter your email address and password and the 1st step is complete. Users also have an option of signing up using their Facebook IDs. Following which, you are required to update your profile by providing personal details like educational qualifications, whether you’re a student, teacher, administrator, etc. and job experience if any. After filling these details you can click the ‘Activate Profile’ button at the bottom of the page to activate and enter into the system. The activation requires you to follow the activation link sent to your email ID as well.
Once done, you are navigated to a dashboard or the landing page, which is the overview of the entire system. The dashboard features navigation links to the latest activities, calendar, groups, courses, conferences, notifications, profile, etc.
On the first login, users gets additional links to create a course, group, add a conference and update their profile. Also, the stream area shows a list of groups and courses that might interest the users.
In the right panel of the main stream area, a user can enter in a course code and join any particular course directly if they have the corresponding course code.
The site features 3 basic menus (course, groups and conference) at the top and each menu has a common structure. On hover, a dropdown appears with options to create a new item, to view all the existing items and to view your own items.
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Creating a course is very easy and offers a variety of access options starting with the privacy setting that makes the course accessible to public or hidden from them, going up to the advanced Administrative privileges to assign administrators of the group to manage it. Also, these courses can be assigned to multiple groups and the administrator of the course can put a picture for the course. Once the user clicks next, the second step prompts the user to add event to the calendar with respect to the course being created. The users can skip this step if they don’t want to add anything to the calendar. Finally, the system asks the user to invite additional users to attend the course, by simply typing in the names of the users if they have them as their contacts, by entering the email addresses and inviting them to join, by distributing the course code which can be used anytime to join the respective course or by sharing the link to the course.
Once done, the user is navigated to the course page where the calendar is the default menu that is loaded and all the activities are streamed to the main activity stream. Here, users get all the details of their courses in a very neatly laid interface. By default, ‘Calendar’ is the selected tab streaming all the activities and tasks based on the dates on which they were created. Using this, the Course administrator can create new tasks and date notices for the members. From the ‘Resources’ menu, the users can create course resources to help people who are attending the course. This resource menu helps users to add content like lectures (where they can upload any kind of file and even attach links to amazon.com for other users to make purchases directly in addition to any downloadable material uploaded). Furthermore, the system also allows the user to add additional content like web links, images, videos (Youtube and Vimeo) and any other content type. All this content is displayed in reverse chronological order in the activity stream on the dashboard, while in the course view, the activities are listed in the chronological order.
Any content added to resources under any course can be linked with any task created for that course in the calendar, and the calendar shows all the activities and the linked resources in a chronological order.
Additionally, every user gets a personal work area where they can create a complete personalized learning resource center using features like courses, conferences, resources, personal file systems and more.
When the tasks are open for users to join, the user can simply click the opt-in button directly from the activity stream. Also, the user can start discussions with the collaborators from the stream itself.
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The ‘My Profile’ link at the top provides the user links to the dashboard, profile, account settings, contacts and more. Also in the profile, a user can build their CV within the system itself.
The ability to view, annotate and comment on resources online, empowers the system even more and all the changes are auto saved.
Our Review: iversity.org is a very decent platform for online collaboration and open courses. It sits firm on the fact that it is one of the top notch platforms for MOOC. Moreover, the system features options to create handouts and briefing material for the users who are attending the course and all this is auto generated. This includes all the course details and resources and the content which can be exported and distributed as a PDF. The course administrator can alter the handout format as per their requirements.
Over and above, the stream is very useful as it offers direct options to all the listed activities which allows the user to not only join and participate in the activity, but also to start discussions about the same and even directly download the corresponding resources.
The personal workspace proves to be another potent feature of the platform that allows the users to create their CVs and keep their personal information/data online, in a secure, structured and accessible manner.
It aces in the field by virtue of the fact that it’s an enormous network of open online courses and free for anyone to join, along with the notification and messaging features supplemented with e-mail digest for all the activities.
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