Case Studies

OER Textbooks—Better than Free

– South Louisiana Community College As the lead instructor for a technical training program at South Louisiana Community College, Lane Gunnels was well aware that the high cost of textbooks was a big problem for the students in his program. Rather than accept the status quo, he made it his mission to solve the problem,… Read More >

Tackling Textbook Affordability—A Transformative Experience

– Kennesaw State University Across the country, community colleges and universities are grappling with the problem of textbook affordability for their students. In one US Government Accountability Office study, the annual average spend on textbooks is 26% of the cost of tuition at a public, four year university. Too frequently, students chose not to buy… Read More >

Creating Online Textbooks—Content Control and Costs are Key

– Columbus State Community College When a textbook approximates the cost of a community college class, it can negatively impact student success, if the student must decide between purchasing the textbook or paying tuition for an additional class. “Our Textbook Affordability and Accessibility Committee recently surveyed students and found that students report having to take… Read More >

Clark County School District – NV

In 2011, Clark County School District (CCSD), the 5th largest school district in the country, set a goal of having one third of their 320,000 students in an online or blended learning environment by the 2015 year. This included both high school and middle school students. One critical problem—they didn’t have an online middle school… Read More >

Prince William County School – Virtual High School – VA

Prince William County Schools’ Virtual High School program offers students the flexibility needed to achieve their individual goals. Although virtual schools still account for a relatively small portion of the educational options available in the US, they’re now one of the fastest-growing forms of school choice. An early pioneer in the virtual high school movement, Prince William County Schools’… Read More >

Orange Unified School District – Orange LIVE! – CA

Orange LIVE! (Learning through Interactive Virtual Education), the virtual school of the Orange Unified School District in California provides an exciting and diverse set of resources for students and a rigorous set of requirements for teachers. The OrangeLIVE! teachers are fully credentialed and frequently teach the same courses in the face-to-face environment. They create their… Read More >

Blended Schools Network – Global Personalized Academics

How do you deliver over 190 online courses to more than a hundred blended and virtual schools across the nation? has accomplished this by taking their learning to the cloud—SoftChalk Cloud that is! BSNCloud is a privately-branded implementation of the SoftChalk Cloud content authoring and learning object repository platform. Implemented in 2012, BSNCloud provides… Read More >

Georgia Virtual Schools – GA

Georgia Virtual School (GaVS) puts a high premium on portability and flexibility when developing eLearning content.  After all, they serve thousands of students across Georgia with accredited online learning programs. All of the content developed for their virtual school programs is also made available (free of charge) for use by any public school in Georgia…. Read More >


Creating original and meaningful online content is a challenging obstacle for many educators. With class sizes continuing to grow, faculty have less time to effectively create and distribute engaging content for their students. The fact that many learning-content authoring programs in use today are difficult and time consuming to use only compounds the problem. This… Read More >

Automotive Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC)

From Michigan to Alabama, the Interstate 75 corridor is lined with car manufacturers—and those manufacturers need highly skilled workers to build vehicles. This need spurred the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund the Automotive Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC), which brings together community colleges and automotive industry partners to prepare students for careers as highly skilled… Read More >

Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) – NC

The instructors and designers behind the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) know a thing or two about engaging and advancing gifted students through technology. Duke TIP identifies, challenges and engages gifted and talented students through talent searches, face-to-face educational programs, independent learning courses and more. SoftChalk makes it easier for Duke TIP curriculum developers… Read More >

New Jersey Public Health Training Center – NJ

Students across New Jersey can explore the public health field with SoftChalk Cloud At the request of the New Jersey Public Health Training Center, Dr. Jim Brown designed an online “Introduction to Public Health” course for New Jersey community college students. The interactive course covered public health topics from disease prevention to epidemiology, addressing a… Read More >

University of Manchester – UK

At the University of Manchester in the northwestern UK, the Faculty of Life Sciences is dedicated to research, learning and engaging the public. This focus provides students with rich opportunities to produce original scholarly work while contributing to their communities. To this end, all final year honors students in the department complete a capstone project… Read More >

Odessa College – OC Global – TX

Odessa College is hardly new to online education. This large West Texas community college has offered online courses for over a decade, allowing them to reach students beyond their Odessa, Andrews, Monahan, Pecos and Seminole campuses. Today, their online learning program is known as OC Global, and they are pushing the envelope for online education…. Read More >

Century College – MN

Century College is the largest community college in Minnesota, serving over 15,000 students with more than 40 career programs. Located north of the twin cities in White Bear Lake, it is also the state’s largest provider of technical training, serving another 10,000 students. About 13% of Century’s courses are offered fully online or in a… Read More >

King Abdul-Aziz University – FutureU – Saudi Arabia

In 2007, King Abdul-Aziz University in Saudi Arabia sought out FutureU for help with its faculty development. The goal of the program was for faculty with limited technical skills to be able to author their own, pedagogically sound, course websites after completing a six-week training program conducted by FutureU partly online and partly face-to-face. SoftChalk… Read More >

Maricopa Community College District – AZ

Our E-Learning options provide timely support for faculty by giving them ‘just in time’ teaching tools designed with SoftChalk. These collaboratively designed course templates are ‘ready to go’ and are consistent with EMCC teaching and learning practices. This allows our college to open up more high demand course sections based on enrollment trends.” Roger Yohe,… Read More >

Hampton City Schools – Partnership for 21st Century Skills – VA

When the Hampton City Schools (HCS) began working toward integrating instructional technology into their teaching strategies and modeling a learning environment based upon the 21st Century Skills Framework, SoftChalk was selected as the ideal tool to help accomplish the task. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills was formed in 2002 through the combined efforts of… Read More >

South Piedmont Community College

Prior to working in education, my career was focused on clinical practice as a physical therapist. I took a full-time faculty position in a physical therapist assistant program as an instructor and the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. I also enrolled in and completed a Master’s program in Adult Education and a Doctor of Physical… Read More >

HealthEast Care System

After several bad experiences with other software programs, HealthEast Care System initially said no to using anything other than PowerPoint to create the 1,500 courses it needed. According to Jeanne Siedow of HealthEast, “I was not an easy sell on this one, but a Web conference call changed my tune immensely.” During that call, a… Read More >