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From the Editor - March Highlights

First and foremost, thank you for all the great feedback about our new website and blog. We are pleased to hear that you are liking it!

Spring is in the air, which means exciting things are on the way—including warm weather (YAY!) and development for SoftChalk 7! Be on the lookout for a list of new features and updates to come out this spring as well as our signature Sneak Peek webinars.

In the meantime, check out the March highlights below including the partner webinar with INTELECOM, our March Innovators webinar: MISSON SOFTCHALK presented by Leah MacVie and a Campus Technology webinar recording featuring two SoftChalk users.

-Brittany, your SoftChalk news editor

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Develop Media Rich Lessons with SoftChalk and INTELECOM

Would you like to develop media rich lessons for your online courses?  We will show you how easy it is to use SoftChalk and the INTELECOM Online Resources Network to find high quality instructional video that you can use in developing engaging lessons for your online courses.  You will see how to:

  • Integrate media using the SoftChalk Media Search Tool
  • Search for content on the INTELECOM Online Resources Network
  • Learn how Marilyn Larsen from College of the Mainland uses SoftChalk and INTELECOM to author media rich lessons in Developmental Math
Friday, March 4
1:00 pm EST

To learn more about INTELECOM see the Media of the Month feature below.

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Innovators March Innovators Webinar

Check out our monthly series, which highlights guest speakers who are using SoftChalk in innovative ways.

MISSION SoftChalk: Secret Agents, Online Gaming and SoftChalk Training

Wednesday, March 23
11am PT | 12pm MT | 1pm CT | 2pm ET

Leah MacVie, Instructional Designer, Canisius College

Canisius College wanted to come up with an innovative, engaging, and custom way to train faculty to use SoftChalk. MISSION SoftChalk is based on the popular online game, Urgent Evoke. Participants enroll as agents and have to complete a series of missions and quests, present evidence, and engage with other agents and their leader. This presentation will walk you through their process for setting up MISSION SoftChalk in their LMS, the missions that agents encounter, and show you how to create a training game that can include both synchronous and asynchronous components.
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Where You Can Find Us

SoftChalk travels to many conferences throughout the year. This month you'll find us at the three listed below. Planning on attending? Be sure to stop by our booth, say hello and find out more about SoftChalk!

Maryland Distance Learning Association
Date: March 3
Location: Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, Towson, MD

Booth: #8
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Microcomputers in Education Conference
Date: March 14 – 16
Location: Arizona State University, Temple, AZ

Booth: #3
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Northeast Regional Computing Program
Date: March 28 – 30
Location: Providence, RI
Booth: #407

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Media of the Month - INTELECOM

This month we're featuring INTELECOM Online Resources Network, a provider of comprehensive collections of video clips, that can be searched and used from within SoftChalk using the Media Search Tool.

INTELECOM, a non-profit corporation owned and operated by a consortium of 31 California community colleges, has been a leader in the design, production and distribution of distance learning courses and instructional media. Today, INTELECOM is uniquely positioned as a premier provider of digital learning resources and curriculum-based media for online and networked learning.

As mentioned above, we have a partner webinar this month where you can learn more about INTELECOM, but we'd also like to share this video on how to find INTELECOM clips from within SoftChalk:

Intelecom Video
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Migrating from PowerPoint webinar Archive featuring Paige Brooks-Jeffiers and Deborah Kell

To those who might have the missed the Campus Technology webinar, Migrating from PowerPoint: Make Online Teaching More Engaging and Interactive, the archived recording is now available!

Two advanced SoftChalk users, Paige Brooks-Jeffiers, e-Learning technology coordinator at Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and Deborah Kell, dean of instructional systems and institutional effectiveness at Mercer County Community College, show how they use SoftChalk to create interactive lessons and how it has impacted their institutions!

To view the archive, please click here.

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Webinars Learn More About SoftChalk

Introductory Webinars
Our general webinars include introductions to SoftChalk, the award-winning content authoring solution; SoftChalk CONNECT, our learning object repository; and ScoreCenter, an easy and reliable way to track student scores from the Blackboard gradebook. For more information or to register, go to

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

Innovator Vignettes
SoftChalk’s Innovators in Online Learning webinar series highlights educators who are using SoftChalk in innovative ways. Take a quick look at what all the excitement is about by checking out some of the 5-10 minute Innovators previews. To view the previews or to register for an upcoming Innovators webinar go to

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