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From the Editor - April Highlights

Are you ready for spring?

I know I am! I love this time of year at SoftChalk because the excitement starts to build for the new version of SoftChalk to be released! We've got some amazing new features and enhancements coming your way and we can't wait to share them with you. Keep your eyes peeled because we'll soon be announcing more details and the dates for the Sneak Peek Webinars.

Another special thing that happens each spring is that we announce our Lesson Challenge winners - scroll down to find out who won this year!

Last but not least, don't miss any of the April highlights- read on to find out all the details...

-Brittany, your SoftChalk news editor

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Three 'Chalkies' Receive Awards for Their Outstanding Work

Lesson Challenge Throphies

The Lesson Challenge Winners have been announced. Visit our blog to see the winning lessons and congratulate the winners!

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Innovators April Innovators Webinar

Check out our monthly series, which highlights guest speakers who are using SoftChalk in innovative ways.

Creating Clinical Case-based Activities/Lessons from a Template

Wednesday, April 27
12pm PT | 1pm MT | 2pm CT | 3pm ET

Bonnie Taylor, M.Ed., CAPM, Educational Development Specialist, UTHSCSA School of Nursing

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is using case-based learning activities to attempt to improve student satisfaction and learning outcomes for nearly-graduated medical students.

Traditionally faculty distribute case scenarios in a handout-lecture-question/answer cycle. They have wanted and needed to transform the cases into more engaging learning activities for individuals and groups, incorporating decision-making, feedback, self-assessment, and reflection. But the faculty's challenging teaching/clinical course load limited time to accomplish this.

The task for an instructional designer: develop a simple-to-use template for turning existing cases into engaging activities. And the solution: use SoftChalk to build the template faculty can adapt to their needs.

During this session you will see the template they created plus samples of the case-based activities in three specialties. In addition they will discuss both student and faculty satisfaction with the process.
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Where You Can Find Us

SoftChalk travels to many conferences throughout the year. This month you'll find us at the four listed below. Planning on attending? Be sure to stop by our booth, say hello and find out more about SoftChalk!

eLearning Consortium of Colorado
April 13 – 15
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Texas Distance Learning Association
April 20 – 23
San Antonio, Texas
Booth #105
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Council for Exceptional Children
April 25 – 28
National Harbor, Maryland
Booth #943
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Canadian eLearning Conference
April 27 – 28
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Visit the Website

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Annoucements Christopher Tells All

"SoftChalk makes it so easy to create online instructional modules. Even without the additional activities, the program would still be hugely beneficial due to its ease of use, the automatically-created navigation options, its accessibility features, the control over page styles and formatting, and the many ways you can publish your work. Add to that the many instructional activities and you have everything you need to create rich, engaging content. And the Learning Object Repository is a fantastic service for people to share their work and to explore the work of others. I foresee a thriving community of SoftChalk enthusiasts taking instructional modules to the next level!"

-Christopher Lackey, Illinois State University

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WebStudy Partner Webinar: Combining Technologies to 'Do more with Less'

Learn how to create detailed, personalized lecture notes that enhance the student learning experience in both the traditional and non-traditional classroom setting utilizing the many great features of SoftChalk.

When Raritan Valley Community College switched to WebStudy Learning LMS for hosting and delivery of all of their courses, Derek Weber used the opportunity to blend content created in SoftChalk into his online course. WebStudy uses a unique approach called a Timeline (interactive syllabus) to deliver the material in a way that makes sense for the students to complete their work. Derek created the idea of customized e-Notes; whereby he used SoftChalk to create e-Notes that include a detailed chapter summary with embedded images, hyperlinks and related videos/animations hosted by sites like YouTube. These eNotes are delivered seamlessly to the students using this approach. The benefits for faculty include easy to create media-rich content – that combines the picture viewing capabilities of PowerPoint Presenter, the text constructing capabilities of Microsoft Word, and the ease of storing quality media-rich content in a Learning Management System that allows easy retrieval and re-use semester after semester.

Thursday, April 14
11am PT | 12pm MT | 1pm CT | 2pm ET
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Webinars Learn More About SoftChalk

Introductory Webinars
Our general webinars include introductions to SoftChalk, the award-winning content authoring solution; SoftChalk CONNECT, our learning object repository; and ScoreCenter, an easy and reliable way to track student scores from the Blackboard gradebook. For more information or to register, go to

Short Courses
Check out our FREE online training sessions! SoftChalk Short Courses are live, one-hour training webinars, conducted online by a SoftChalk instructor. The courses typically include a presentation and examples, as well as an opportunity for you to ask questions and receive assistance from the instructor. For more information or to register, go to

Innovator Vignettes
SoftChalk’s Innovators in Online Learning webinar series highlights educators who are using SoftChalk in innovative ways. Take a quick look at what all the excitement is about by checking out some of the 5-10 minute Innovators previews. To view the previews or to register for an upcoming Innovators webinar go to

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