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Sue Evans

From the Chief Chalkie - March Highlights

Hi Chalkies! Happy Spring! Here at SoftChalk we're enjoying the warm weather and the spring "flowering". We hope you're doing the same.

During "March Madness" while many folks are probably following all things brackets and basketball, we've been celebrating Open Education Week and finishing up judging the lessons for this year's SoftChalk Lesson Challenge. (Yes, it's true - we're a little on the geeky side here at SoftChalk.) In any case, the winners for the lesson challenge will be announced next month! Read on to see what else is happening at SoftChalk this March...

-Sue Evans, SoftChalk CEO

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Open Education Week Recap

OEWDid you celebrate Open Education Week earlier this month? We participated by sponsoring a webinar on March 9th where two of our clients shared about creating courseware using SoftChalk and OER. If you missed the session the recording is available on our website.

In addition, Sue Evans, the cofounder and CEO of SoftChalk recently wrote a blog post about OER and how it's helping to create a new reality in education. We now have an opportunity to move from closed systems, working with one another, to create a truly dynamic educational ecosystem. Read her full blog post and share your thoughts on OER here.

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March Innovator - Teaching Well Online (T.W.O.): Faculty Development Conforming to National and State Standards and Models

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is one of the 64 State University of New York (SUNY) campuses and a member of the SUNY Learning Network (SLN). The faculty development materials they create follow the course development and design process developed through the award winning SLN, the instructional design strategies from Quality Matters, and the design research using the Community of Interest (COI) collaboration model.

The presentation will showcase the three major online lessons used by Teaching Well Online to support eLearning faculty:

  1. Teaching Well Online at NCCC
  2. Hybrid Course Design and Development Process
  3. NCCC's Easy Guide to Course Accessibility

In addition, the presenter will share their two Guides ("NCCC Course Design Standards, Tips for Successful Course Management", and "How Visible are you to your Online Students"). Access to all three lessons and the Guides will be available through SoftChalk CONNECT.

Presenter: Lisa Dubuc M.S. ED – Coordinator/Instructional Designer of eLearning - Niagara County Community College

Wednesday, March 28

2:00pm ET https://softchalk.com/learn-more/intro-webinars
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Publishing Interactive Articles - Learn from an Expert

Shalin Hai-Jew, an Instructional Designer and SoftChalk user at Kansas State University published not one, but two, interactive articles in the digital version of EDUCAUSE Quarterly Magazine. We interviewed Shalin to find out what what it takes to create a truly interactive article. Read her responses in our latest blog post.


[March Madness - The first five people to tweet their favorite article from this e-newsletter will win a Starbuck's gift card! Make sure to mention @softchalk in your tweet.]

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Campus Technology - Bringing Faculty Into the Fold

Engaging faculty with instructional technology can be a big hurdle! Campus Technology recently published an article that proves that it can be done. Four institutions share their strategies - including two SoftChalk customers, Texas Wesleyan University and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Read the full article here. Campus Technology Magazine Cover
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Century College Faculty Embrace SoftChalk

Century College, the largest community college in Minnesota, has maximized the value of their LMS and improved learning outcomes with SoftChalk.

"Faculty see it as a canvas to create the lesson they want, and its ease of use has made it popular not just with younger faculty, but also with older faculty who may not be as technologically savvy. Rather than text-based lessons that were difficult to create, they could easily add multimedia, color, links and make their courses truly interactive. Interactivity is what gave it the 'wow' factor with students, who found the interface intuitive."

-Stephen Kelly, Instructional Designer, Century College

Find out the full story behind Century College's campus-wide implementation of SoftChalk by reading our latest case study.

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Webinars Resources Available to You 24/7

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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