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Sue Evans

From the Chief Chalkie - February Highlights

10 Year AnniversaryI hope you're having a wonderful February thus far! Things started off great here at SoftChalk with the news that we won a Bronze Brandon Hall Technology Award for Excellence in the Best Advance in Content Authoring and/or Content Management Technology category! Needless to say, we celebrated...

Not only have we been celebrating the award, but we are also celebrating our 10-year anniversary! With this will come some exciting changes including our new tagline: "Create. Connect. Inspire!" We believe it captures how SoftChalk gives educators an easy, affordable way to create, organize and share rich content that captures students' imaginations and inspires learning. The tagline will be visible in our new marketing initiatives as we get set to introduce SoftChalk to more educators across the country.

-Sue Evans, SoftChalk CEO

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Celebrate Open Education Week with Us

OEWOpen Education Week is almost here! We're raising awareness about open education and open educational resources by sponsoring a webinar that will feature two educators who have used SoftChalk to transform traditional flat texts into engaging, interactive OER course materials. Participate in Open Education Week by registering to attend our session.

Creating Courseware using SoftChalk and Open Educational Resources

As a key component of the Reading Curriculum Team for the Kaleidoscope Grant, Jacqui Cain developed an interactive reader using SoftChalk to adapt "The Hound of the Baskervilles" for use in lower-level basic skills courses. Ms. Cain will explain the collaboration process and creation of the materials, demonstrate the reader, discuss the next phases of this project and briefly review two OER projects currently in development.

Malissa Attebery from Lone Star College created a World War II ecourse using the OER textbook written by Henry Jud Sage, a Virginia Community College faculty member. His original etextbook is located in the College Open Textbooks repository. Using SoftChalk, this flat text was made interactive and portable to multiple web-based learning environments, enabling the learner to see, hear, and further explore the content.

Friday, March 9

2:00pm ET http://softchalk.com/learn-more/intro-webinars

We're also sharing our 2011 OER Webinar Series. Please see our website to view the webinars.

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Innovator Webinar - Building Interactive Articles for Peer-Reviewed Journals with SoftChalk

Interactive articles (and e-books) are an enriched form of digital publication which may build in deep exploration, interactivity, and value-added learning for readers. These articles integrate multimedia and other digital contents, are accessible and have mobile friendly content.

This webinar will highlight the building of two published articles created with SoftChalk, with a focus on organizational structure, strategic "activity" selection and multimedia choices, and tailoring to a broad audience. We'll also discuss the hows & whys and dos & don'ts when considering authoring an interactive article.

  • The two examples that will be introduced are recent publications in the peer-reviewed Educause Quarterly: "Creating an Online Global Health Course and Game" by Brent A. Anders, Deborah J. Briggs, Shalin Hai-Jew, Zachary J. Caby, and Mary Werick
  • "The Participatory Design of a (Today and) Future Digital Entomology Lab" by Shalin Hai-Jew

These articles include an exploratory space about insects, a sidebar about rabies prevention, and a built-in game on global health.

Wednesday, February 22

3:00pm ET http://softchalk.com/learn-more/intro-webinars
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SoftChalk Content Authoring and Collaboration Software Wins a Brandon Hall Bronze Award for Excellence

Did you hear the great news? We won a Brandon Hall bronze award for excellence in the Best Advance in Content Authoring and/or Content Management Technology category. SoftChalk won for SoftChalk 7 with SoftChalk CONNECT. Find out more information about the award on our blog.
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New Sample Lessons

We've updated our sample lesson page with two new lessons. The first is a Quality Matters training module that is used by Quality Matters for their Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop.

Quality Matters  WWII

The second is a World War II lesson created by Malissa Attebery from Lone Star College (yep, the same Malissa that's participating in OEW) using an OER textbook written by Henry Jud Sage, a Virginia Community College faculty member.

These sample lessons show that SoftChalk can be used with any sort of content and for many different purposes. They're both hosted on SoftChalk CONNECT and available for download from within SoftChalk's media search tool or from the Sample Lesson page.

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Webinars Resources Available to You 24/7

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 https://softchalk.com/learn-more/short-courses.

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 https://softchalk.com/learn-more/innovators.

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