Full agenda to come, stay tuned. Schedule and session timings are subject to change.

Day 1 - September 21, 2023

SoftChalk Overview and Opening Remarks

9.00 am CT – 9.30 am CT

Glenn Adams

Join us to learn from our Chief Operating Officer what’s new and what’s next with SoftChalk. Learn about SoftChalk’s commitment to continually improving content authoring and delivery, to equip educators to turn complex content into compelling learning experiences for learners.

Eyes on the Prize: Engaging Learners through Online Scavenger Hunts

9.30 am CT – 10.25 am CT

Lia Moore-Lamm
Alamo Colleges District

Learn how a tech support team uses SoftChalk to create online scavenger hunts to engage users with online instructional content, address common technical questions, and track user attempts for prizes. Participants will identify “pinch points” in their own curriculum and discuss ways to incorporate scavenger hunts into instruction for the ultimate reward: increased learner comprehension.

Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Existing SoftChalk Lesson

10.30 am CT – 11.25 am CT

Will Sumerall 

SoftChalk lessons are a great way to convert class resources into an online experience. But, how do you create interest and interactivity that hooks learners in and keeps them engaged along the way? Learn techniques for adding visual flair to your lessons using SoftChalk’s authoring tools and new ways to merge text, media, images and activities together to create something that is better than the sum of its parts.

Creating “Pedagogical Pathways” Through a SoftChalk Lesson

11.30 am CT – 12.25 pm CT

Art Brownlow
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

This presentation showcases a distinctive strategy to create “pedagogical pathways” through SoftChalk lessons to increase student engagement and save instructor time. This approach involves ungraded, low-stakes assessments, and yet ensures that students engage with all course content. Attendees will learn how to integrate these pathways into their own courses.

Model QM Standards: Starting Learners Off Right!

12.30 pm CT – 1.25 pm CT

Colleen Wolfe and Leia Wood
Hagerstown Community College

Jim Snyder
Quality Matters

Employing SoftChalk lessons, presenters promote learner engagement while exhibiting Quality Matters standards. Given to learners early in their college experience, these lessons facilitate meeting a variety of specific QM standards by utilizing SC activities. They articulate resources and services as well as clarify LMS navigation.

Day 2 - September 22, 2023

Flipped Studios: Interactive “hands-on” lectures

9.00 am CT – 9.55 am CT

Rachel Dorn
Yakima Valley College

Drawing on her experience teaching flipped handbuilding and pottery classes before and after the pandemic and online clay and design during the pandemic, Rachel will discuss the time management and studio/equipment access advantages of flipped and hybrid studio classes, and the ways in which SoftChalk lessons can simulate “hands-on” learning as a replacement or supplement to live studio experiences.

SoftChalk’s Latest Release: New Look, Easier Organization, More Ways to Collaborate

10.00 am CT – 10.20 am CT

Dana Thompson

In this 20-minute spotlight session, SoftChalk Trainer, Dana Thompson, will demonstrate the new and enhanced features that were included in the latest release. 

  • Interface Improvements – Learning Object, Lesson and Files Storage Areas
  • Move Multiple Content Items at Once
  • Subfolders
  • Use Dynamic Groups to Share and Collaborate with Specific SoftChalk Cloud Users (Team and Enterprise Subscribers) 

SoftChalk ScoreCenter: Learner Score Reporting to Your LMS or SoftChalk Cloud Profile

10.25 am CT – 10.55 am CT

Dana Thompson

In this 25-minute feature spotlight session, SoftChalk Trainer Dana Thompson will focus on how you can integrate your existing SoftChalk lessons into your learning management system (LMS) using the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) link so learner scores report to the LMS.

We’ll complete a lesson as a learner and tour the detailed score report (SoftChalk ScoreCenter) that automatically populates in the LMS. We will also explore the SoftChalk Cloud profile based ScoreCenter which can be used for score reporting when you are tracking scores outside of an LMS.

Creating Accessible and Engaging E-Learning Content with SoftChalk: A Hands-On Workshop

11.00 am CT – 11.55 am CT

Adam Fantom
Harford Community College

This workshop will teach you how to create accessible and platform-agnostic e-learning content using SoftChalk. You will discover SoftChalk’s built-in accessibility features, which allow you to create content compliant with WCAG 2.1 guidelines and accessible to learners with disabilities. You will also learn how to use SoftChalk’s intuitive interface to create interactive and engaging e-learning content and how to publish your content in HTML5 format for compatibility with any device or platform.

By the end of the workshop, you will have the knowledge and skills to create high-quality e-learning content that is accessible and platform-agnostic using SoftChalk.

Fostering Connection With Students Outside the Classroom

12.00 pm CT – 12.55 pm CT

Amy Garcia
County College of Morris

Have you considered using SoftChalk outside of classroom lessons?  Virtual Campus at County College of Morris uses SoftChalk for a variety of student-centered services such as our new student Digital Welcome Packet and our VC Newsletter. Learn innovative and creative ways to use Softchalk to share information and to foster a sense of belonging within the college community.     

Closing Remarks and Lesson Challenge Awards

1.00 pm CT – 1.30 pm CT

Glenn Adams

Join us for the winner announcement for our 2023 Lesson Challenge! Get inspired by the best and most innovative SoftChalk lessons created by your peers.

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