2009 Lesson Challenge Winners

The SoftChalk Lesson Challenge was a huge success! We received over 85 submissions. The judges reviewed the lessons based on specific criteria including lesson creativity, professionalism, interactivity, and how well the lesson reinforces student learning. The highest-scoring lesson from each category was deemed the winner. Without further ado, we present to you the winning lessons:

Best K-12 Lesson
Title: Mendelian Genetics
Author: Duke University TIP

Best Undergraduate Lesson
Title: The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
Author: Jacqueline C. McNair, Baltimore Community College

Best Graduate (Professional Studies/Training) Lesson
Title: Health and Wellness for Your Computer
Author: Suzanne McGinnis and Elizabeth Miles, VCU School of Nursing

Honorable mentions


  • Greek Mythology (Lyn Hawks, Duke TIP)
  • Data, Graphs and Linear Measures (Marilyn Larsen, College of the Mainland)
  • Geometry (Marilyn Larsen, College of the Mainland)


  • Introduction to Pharmacology (Brenda Martin, Montgomery Community College)
  • Psychology 101 (Elisa Setmire, Pueblo Community College)


  • Cholesterol – Hero or Villain (Grazyna Nowak, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences)
  • Food and Wine Pairing Tutorial (Jessica Street, Broward College)

Special thanks to the judges of the Lesson Challenge

  • Dr. Steven Holland, Chair of the English Department at Muscatine Community College
  • Dr. Anne Loochtan, Director of Distance Learning at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • Georgianna Skinner, Director of Technology at Hampton Public Schools
  • Brit Watwood, Online Learning Specialist at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Drs. Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt, managing partners of Crossroads Consulting Group, program directors and faculty at Fielding Graduate University.

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