Whenever curiosity is piqued, so to is an enthusiasm to learn. The key trait of a lifelong learner is curiosity. Cultivating this trait begins with questions that evoke further thinking. Most questions begin and end with fact. What is the sum of X? Who invented Y? Deep questions challenge learners to understand context and prompts them to consider why things are the way they are. Verso's instantaneous feedback loop allows teachers to measure and adjust their deep questioning skills based on realtime student engagement.
Verso builds upon the flipped classroom learning model which inverts traditional teaching methods. Instruction is delivered through the app outside of class while ‘homework’ is done inside the classroom. Concept mastery happens in class with the guidance of peers and teachers.
Impacting learning necessitates an inclusive product development strategy. Since it’s impossible to foretell devices accessible to families and schools, we launched the Verso experience on all major platforms and devices. To reduce the scope of engineering and accelerate time to market we developed a robust platform-agnostic codebase.
Humans never stop learning, so why are there constraints on the time and place students learn? We had to divorce the idea of a classroom from physical space in order to move it to the digital realm. A digital classroom is boundless, it persists wherever there are curious people and is only a push notification away.
A digital classroom must mirror the buzz of its physical counterpart. We cultivated a sense of dynamism and activity by surfacing student feedback the instant it happened. The adoption of student anonymity created a peer-pressure free dynamic where students could express themselves without the anxiety of being judged. We created feedback mechanisms like ‘helpfuls’ and ‘grouping’ to help teachers identify patterns in student responses that could be used as future discussion points. Combined, the features created to a vibrant communication system that showcased strong ideas while also activating the voice of even the meekest students.
Our holistic process yielded a product that has a significant & measurable impact on class participation. In the span of less than two years Verso has spread to thousands of schools. The app has been subject of several conference keynotes and received accolades such as ELearning Victoria.
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