SoftChalk December eNews
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Brittany From the Editor - December Highlights

Hi SoftChalk Fans –

The holidays are now upon us and we're all getting excited about family, friends, caring and sharing! With that in mind, how would you like to share and receive high quality instructional content this holiday season? Sounds quite nice, right?

Well, we have the perfect "gift" for you... Softchalk CONNECT, our learning object repository. While relaxing this holiday season, take a few minutes and register for a free account on CONNECT so you can share and find quality content for your elearning needs. Once you've added your content to CONNECT, you'll be eligible to submit it into our third annual Lesson Challenge for a chance to win $500. If you're new to CONNECT, learn how it works by attending one of our CONNECT webinars. This month we are giving away $25.00 VISA gift cards to one lucky participant in the CONNECT webinars!

And, before you get all wrapped up in the holiday rush, be sure to check out our innovator vignette by Diane Painter on how teacher education students at Shenandoah University are developing K-12 lessons that embrace the Universal Design for learning (UDL) principles.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the whole team here at SoftChalk!

-Brittany, your SoftChalk news editor

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About Take the Challenge - 2011 SoftChalk Lesson Challenge

We know you create amazing content with SoftChalk and we want to recognize you for it! If you have lessons or eCourses that you're particularly proud of—submit them now through January 31st! Prizes will be awarded to the best entry in each of the three categories: Pre K–12, Higher Education and Corporate.

The Lesson Challenge Submission process is different this year as all entries will be published to CONNECT. So register today for one the CONNECT webinars this month.

For full details on the Lesson Challenge or to see the winning lessons from 2009 and 2010, visit the Lesson Challenge page!

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announcements Discover and Share with CONNECT, SoftChalk’s Learning Object Repository

Would you like some creative inspiration for your course materials? SoftChalk CONNECT, our new Learning Object Repository, is a great place to find high quality, instructional content that you can use in developing material for your courses. And, we hope you'll be inspired to publish and share your own learning materials on CONNECT. Register for a CONNECT webinar today and learn how to...

  • Publish your SoftChalk lessons, eCourses, interactive Flash activities and quiz questions to CONNECT, so others can search, view and use them.
  • Search for content shared by others and use in your own materials.
  • Create “groups” of users and set access so only those users can access your content.
  • Create and manage folders to organize your personal collections.
Tuesday, December 14
11am PT | 12pm MT | 1pm CT | 2pm ET
http://www.softchalk.com/webinar/#innovators
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Innovators Innovator Vignette Recording - Teacher Education Students Embrace Universal Design

Take a quick look at our popular Innovators in Online Learning Presentations. These short recordings might inspire you to check out the full archived sessions on our site.

Each month we will highlight one of these short presentations. Last month, Diane Painter, PSC-Special Education at Shenandoah University discussed how students in teacher education preparation programs are learning to use Thinkfinity resources with SoftChalk to develop K-12 lessons that embrace the Universal Design for learning principles.

Click on the YouTube image below to view the vignette or click here to view the full archived webinar:

Innovator Vignette

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LeahMacVie Leah MacVie Shares

"SoftChalk is a necessary tool for our online growth here at Canisius College. It’s easy to train our faculty how to use SoftChalk, and they love its flexibility. Our faculty appreciate the fact that it’s a quick and professional way to deliver their content. Student feedback is positive, and they catch on fast to the easy navigation."

-Leah MacVie, Instructional Designer, Canisius College

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Learn More Learn More About SoftChalk

Introductory Webinars
These 45 minute presentations introduce the key features of SoftChalk. We will view example lessons, then demonstrate how the lesson content was created using SoftChalk. The session ends with a question and answer period. For more information or to register, go to http://www.softchalk.com/webinar/.

Short Courses
SoftChalk is now offering online training sessions to everyone for FREE! Each Short Course is a live one hour training session conducted by a SoftChalk instructor using web conferencing. The course includes a presentation and examples, as well as an opportunity to ask questions and receive assistance from the instructor. For more information or to register go to http://www.softchalk.com/training/.

Innovator Vignettes
Our Innovators in Online Learning presentations are so popular that we decided to give you quick look at what all the excitement is about. These brief vignettes might encourage you to check out the full presentations. For more information or to view the vignettes go to http://www.softchalk.com/lb_vignettes.html.

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