The institution of the university has changed relatively little since the days of Gutenberg. Students, however, have! The Internet has become an integral part of our daily lives. Today, we share ideas online. We socialise online. We learn online. Every day, everywhere – except in our classrooms. There, the laws of Gutenberg's Galaxy still prevail. Our universities are still working with "blackboards." It is time for a digital revolution on campus.
Let's take the campus experience online!
It is sadly ironic that the transformative potential of the Internet remains under-utilized by the very institution that spawned it. As we move further into the digital age, it is becoming clear that the walled-in software solutions universities use today are glaringly outdated. Against this grain, we have built an online workspace for faculty and students that demonstrates how digital infrastructure can improve teaching and learning.
By now, iversity is being used by hundreds of professors to organize classes at dozens of universities. Having received a lot of favourable feedback in the press, as well as from our users, we will conquer a new frontier. We want to move beyond the existing teaching formats to enable wholly new forms of teaching and learning. iversity will develop its own line of open courses and we invite universities and individual instructors to join us in this effort to democratize education.iversity allows faculty…
- to easily set up a course website, to upload teaching materials and to engage their students;
- to share links, references and general observations in research groups without the hassle of starting and promoting a blog or content management system;
- to announce conferences, guest lectures or calls for papers.
- to interact with course materials right where they already spend a lot of their time: online;
- to work together with classmates on assignments (e.g. social reading, collaborative writing);
- to build an archive of learning materials and problem-related discussions in the cloud.
Our aim is not to replace the university or the academics that work there. Our aim is to empower them.
Our aspiration is to become the course management platform of choice for instructors and students around the globe. But of course, iversity’s cutting-edge infrastructure can also be deployed for international research projects.
Work is something you do rather than somewhere you go. With this maxim in mind, iversity has designed a cloud-based service that fosters limitless collaboration among academics worldwide. Faculty are no longer forced to work with the outdated software in use at their institution. Instead, they can sign up on an individual basis. Oh, and the best part? It’s free.
Who are we?
We are a diverse interdisciplinary team based in Berlin, Germany. We’ve attended some of the world’s finest institutions. Yet, wherever we went, we were frustrated by the dearth of digital infrastructure in use. That’s why we decided to build better tools for learning for future generations of students.
Following an EXIST-Founder Scholarship from the German Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, iversity received more than 1 million Euros in funding from the BFB Frühphasenfonds Brandenburg (EU 75% / Brandenburg 25%) and bmp media investors in July 2011.