From yesterday’s inbox…
Come see the inspiring things our clients are doing and why SoftChalk is so essential to their success. This month is unique because we’re participating in a session with Open College Textbooks on Open Educational Resources (OER) and we have two regular innovators sessions coming up as well! Read on for more information and the registration links.
Basic OER Training and Discussions
Friday, July 13
7am – 1pm PT | 8am – 2pm MT | 9am – 3pm CT | 10am – 4pm ET
College Open Textbooks is repurposing the Open Educational Resources (OER) series that SoftChalk hosted last summer to offer a basic OER training session with discussions. These informative sessions will explain the different facets of OER including WHAT OER is, WHY it’s important, HOW to find the resources and WHERE you can start!
Attend any part or all of this informative six-hour overview via viewing of four prerecorded webinars alternating with live discussion. You can watch any of the webinars prior to July 13; only the Discussions are in real-time.
The discussions are facilitated by OER thought and action leaders including Jacky Hood of College Open Textbooks, Cathy Swift of MERLOT, Marie Highby of Open Doors Group Consulting, and Cable Green of Creative Commons.
Medical Shelter Training website wins Computerworld Honors Laureate for UT- Tyler
Wednesday, July 25
12pm PT | 1pm MT | 2pm CT | 3pm ET
The University of Texas at Tyler has been named a 2012 Laureate by IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program for a training module website created to assist special needs shelter volunteers. UT Tyler’s “Just in Time Medical Special Needs Shelter Training” module encompasses knowledge needed by nursing faculty and students, physicians, medical and non-medical volunteers as they work together to set up emergency shelters and meet medical needs of displaced populations.
Project developers used SoftChalk to create and organize media rich content in a user-friendly format. The videos, graphics, and quizzes helped to engage the learner and facilitate comprehension and retention of the material. Their development model ensured that the content was user-friendly in an online environment and adhered to accessibility recommendations.
Presenters: Cindy Smith, Director of Instructional Design, Jana Brown, Instructional Designer, Gina Parkins, Web Technician (The Office of Academic Affairs, The University of Texas at Tyler)
Flipping Your Classroom with SoftChalk: Lessons Learned from Early Adopters
Monday, August 13
1pm PT | 2pm MT | 3pm CT | 4pm ET
Learn from the presenters why they decided to change the model for teaching by moving the “studying” to the live (or virtual) classroom and the “lecture/learning” to “homework,” and how SoftChalk has helped. They will focus on the following topics:
- Needs for Flipping the Classroom (F2F, Online and Hybrid)
- The sample lessons Before and After: (PowerPoint Presentation vs. SoftChalk Lesson Modules)
- Students’ Voices (what are students saying)
- Strategies learned (roadmap for novice online instructors)
Presenters: Jodi Brown, Ph. D., Dept. Social Work Wendy Ashley, Psy.D. and LCSW, Dept. of Social Work Li Wang, Ph. D., Faculty Technology Center