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From the Editor - May Highlights

May is here and things are heating up—both the weather and the development for the next generation of SoftChalk's Learning Content Solution! With SoftChalk 7, we're premiering SoftChalk Smart Mobile, CONNECT Plus and a variety of other new features and enhancements. Find out all the details by registering for a sneak peek today!

Be sure not to miss any of the other May highlights including information on our latest awards, a new SoftChalk user group and the upcoming Innovators webinar that you'll want to sign up for right away!

Read on to find out all the details...

-Brittany, your SoftChalk news editor

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Be the First to Experience the Amazing New Features of SoftChalk 7

In July, SoftChalk will launch SoftChalk 7 featuring Smart Mobile and other exciting new enhancements! We're also premiering CONNECT Plus, our cloud-based, Learning Object Repository—PLUS powerful, new subscription based services that allow you to create, deliver, assess, collaborate and share educational content easily and without an LMS!

Sign up now for a sneak preview webinar and be the first to experience these amazing new features:

Thursday, May 19

12:00pm ET

Friday, May 27

11:00am ET
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SoftChalk Wins Gold and Named CODiE Award Finalists

We are excited to share that SoftChalk won a Gold Brandon Hall Learning Technology Award for the 'Best Advance in Technology for Rapid Authoring' AND for the third consecutive year, SoftChalk is a finalist for 2 SIIA CODiE Awards!

Brandon Hall Medal The Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Technology Awards are presented by Brandon Hall Group, a leading research firm in training and development. The Learning Technology Awards program showcases innovations in the products in the marketplace for creating and managing learning, talent, and performance.
CODIE The CODiE Awards are conducted by The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) as a way to showcase the industry's finest products and to honor excellence in corporate achievement. This year 425 total nominations underwent an extensive review by judges via live demonstration, trial product access, and analysis of product documentation.

We are honored to be recognized by these two prestigious award programs! Read more about both of these awards on the SoftChalk blog.

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SoftChalk User Group and Forum

Are you on LinkedIn? Do you want to connect with other SoftChalk users?

Look no further—we've created a SoftChalk User Group and Forum on LinkedIn. You can start connecting with others on a platform you're already familiar with and there's no need to register for another social media site. Join the conversation today!

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Innovators May Innovators Webinar

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

Online Components of Microbiology Labs by a Lesson Challenge Winner

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

Dr. Clifton Franklund, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Ferris State University

Ferris State University is developing a modular online laboratory manual to enhance student participation and learning in introductory Microbiology courses. The modules include animations, embedded videos and library resources.

In the past, instructors used a variety of published laboratory exercises in these classes but all exhibited the same shortcomings. The students rarely read the exercises, they poorly understood the concepts and procedures, and demonstrated low retention. As a result, faculty spent too much time on pre-lab talks and trouble-shooting rather than facilitating student learning.

SoftChalk laboratory modules are being developed to address this situation. They have been simple to author and easy to deploy as SCORM modules in our LMS. Instructors can now track and grade student pre-lab activities – remediating as necessary in class. In addition, these resources have simplified document distribution in the lab and serve as an excellent review mechanism for quizzes and exams. The online modules, furthermore, reduce student costs by replacing relatively expensive published manuals for the course.

During this session, you will see several of the lab modules that have been created thus far and how they are incorporated into the learning management system. In addition, we will discuss how the students and faculty at Ferris State University have received these modules.
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Innovators Innovator Vignette Recording - MISSON SoftChalk: Secret Agents, Online Gaming and SoftChalk Training

Take a quick look at our popular Innovators in Online Learning Presentations. These short 5-10 minute "vignette" recordings might inspire you to check out the full archived sessions on our site.

Leah MacVie, Instructional Designer, Canisius College shows 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.

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


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Where You Can Find Us This Month

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

IMS Learning Impact
Learning Impact and the Learning Impact Award Showcase
May 16 – 19
Long Beach, California
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International Conference on Teaching & Learning Excellence
May 29 – June 1
Austin, Texas
Booth #505 & 507
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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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