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Sue Evans

From the Chief Chalkie - April Highlights

Hi Chalkies! I'm very excited to bring you the April highlights because we have some BIG news — the 2012 SoftChalk Lesson Challenge winners have been finalized and we're announcing them in this issue. Thank you again to everyone who submitted a lesson or e-course into the challenge. The judges had a very difficult time narrowing down the entries and settling on just three grand prize winners. Much thanks goes to them for their hard work!

Be sure to take a minute to view the winning lessons, but don't forget to check out our upcoming webinars, latest case study featuring OC Global and recent blog posts as well!

-Sue Evans, SoftChalk CEO

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Lesson Challenge Winners Announced

Six "Chalkies" are being recognized for their work and the three grand prize winners will receive a total of $1,500 for their efforts! All of the winning lessons are hosted on SoftChalk CONNECT, which means they were shared by the content authors and are available for others to view and use through Creative Commons licensing.

Congratulations to the 2012 Lesson Challenge Winners!

1st Place
Improving Your Spelling
Karen Walker, St. Petersburg College

2nd Place
The Real Numbers
Marilyn Larsen, College of the Mainland

3rd Place
PHED 1306 First Aid
Sally Baldwin, OC Global

Three honorable mentions were also selected: Sara Mangat of Alvin Community College with a lesson titled, Online Lecture: Nonverbal Messages, Phillip Clark of Scottsdale Community College with Sequences and Series, and Dr. Jim Brown of Ocean County Community College with Introduction to Public Health.

Visit the SoftChalk website to read the press release and view all the winning lessons.

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April Innovator - Bloom's Taxonomy, Thinking Skills and SoftChalk

Bloom’s Taxonomy asks students to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate. So what does that look like in a SoftChalk lesson? Find out how Duke University Talent Identification program creates lessons for gifted K-12 students where higher-order thinking skills are a priority.

: Lyn Hawks, Coordinator of Independent Learning, Duke University Talent Identification Program

Thursday, April 26

3:00pm ET https://www.softchalk.com/webinar/#innovators
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Odessa College, ReadSpeaker and SoftChalk

Odessa College's distance learning program, OC Global, is no stranger to innovation. OC Global takes a research and development approach to education by seeking new ways to maximize accessibility and improve student success.

In this live webinar, you will see how Odessa College uses ReadSpeaker's leading online text-to-speech service and SoftChalk’s e-learning authoring solution to help students get better access to, and understanding of, its courses.

Odessa College will demonstrate how ReadSpeaker is used to speech-enable on the fly a variety of courses and show how students view and listen to lessons using any standard web browser or on mobile devices.

Wednesday, April 25

11:00am ET https://www.softchalk.com/webinar/#innovators
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SoftChalk Supports OC Global with Affordable, Accessible Learning

OC Global is a fully accredited online learning program that offers accelerated and self-paced core transfer courses, as well as a self-paced Associates Degree program. They focus on research and development for online learning solutions that can be implemented across Odessa College. To this end, their mission is to deliver accessible courses that can be accessed on the most inexpensive device possible. SoftChalk is one of the tools that supports them in meeting their mission. For OC Global, SoftChalk makes online courses accessible, beautiful and affordable.

Find out more about how OC Global is using SoftChalk by reading our latest case study.

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In Case You Missed Them - April's Client Story Blog Posts

This month we had two SoftChalk power users share the cool things they're doing with SoftChalk in guest posts on our blog. Read the snippets below and then click over to the SoftChalk blog to read the full posts.

Dr. Jim Brown, an Associate Professor of Science and the former Dean of Science, Engineering, Health Sciences and Human Performance at Ocean County College (OCC), shares his experience with teaching science courses totally online. Read the full blog post here.

Go behind the scenes with Jacqui Cain, an instructor at College of the Redwoods and an OER content developer. Read the full blog post here.

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Quick Tour Video Tutorials
Within minutes, you can master SoftChalk by viewing our step-by-step Quick Tour video tutorials. These videos are short, sweet and focused so you can pick and choose just the ones you need to get your e-learning content online quickly and easily with SoftChalk. https://softchalk.com/learn-more/video-tutorials.

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 Sessions
SoftChalk’s Innovators in Online Learning webinar series highlights educators who are using SoftChalk in innovative ways. Take a look at what all the excitement is about by checking out some of the previously recorded sessions or sign up for an upcoming webinar. https://softchalk.com/learn-more/innovators.

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