The customisation of their platform allows the training to be directly integrated and woven into the user interface of the platform, and requires the trainee to utilise an LMS to progress through the course. An example of this is the lesson on engaging users through discussion forums. The trainee goes through the process of adding a forum, and the lesson presents pop-ups advising the trainee on where and how various settings can complement certain learning outcomes, or in what delivery modes you may want to consider different settings. This has similarities to WalkMe except that because of the customisations VerveEd has put into their platform, they can do things like generate 5 user accounts for you to interact with, upload assignments for you to learn about online grading, and more. This is significant, as it provides you an authentic training experience, instead of a superficial layer that sits on top.
Another notable difference to other training options, is how VerveEd awards trainees who complete their course. They have developed a custom accreditation process which uniquely validates a trainee’s proficiency. Each trainee is given 9 scenario based challenges each of which requires them to undertake common tasks such as mark a student assignment, create a discussion forum, export the course gradebook etc. The trainee has to complete each scenario, and along the way, VerveEd’s code will monitor and authenticate the scenario as the trainee completes it (see below). VerveEd believes that if an educator has a VerveEd Certificate of Completion, then that’s quantitative validation of a teacher’s technical proficiency to use an LMS.
As Robbie Coombs admits “due to the broad range of users on our site, the challenges validate technical proficiency more so than how to teach online. We’ve got users from public education, private, corporate training, government and NGO’s, so we don’t feel comfortable providing challenges that aim to validate appropriate teaching practices across such a broad set of users. Rather, this is where we see the value of institutional training environments.”
The institutional licenses Robbie mentions are where the team wants to take VerveEd. These are customised environments where the look and feel of the training site, along with the training material and challenges, can be tailored to the methods and processes an institute wants their teaching staff to be across. A primary school may want their teachings to know ways to develop parent inclusive courses so they can stay on top of their child’s homework for the week. A government department may care more about developing courses that provide transparency of all learner’s progress for compliance purposes.
This is where the value proposition of VerveEd makes a lot of sense for larger institutes. Anytime, anywhere, self-paced training for educators that they can start and stop as they like, and provides pedagogy rich material in an environment that looks, feels and behaves the same as their teaching LMS. Short of having someone at your beck and call to sit with you, VerveEd may just be creating the perfect context for this type of training.
You can instantly sign-up for the the Freemium VerveEd training course through VerveEd.com and access the majority of the site’s features and training. Signing up for the Premium version gives 12 months access to all training, and a formal certification upon the completion of 9 challenges, each of which awards its own digital badge, for just $199 AUD.
Custom, Institution-Specific Training
You can also work with VerveEd to have them provide your institution a custom subdomain and design instruction specific to your configuration, practices, and needs. VerveEd are looking for schools and institutes who may be interested in piloting an custom environment. Contact VerveEd through the contact form at the bottom of their homepage, and they will get in touch with you with more information.