Virtual School Meanderings

August 14, 2018

OERs: Benefiting Students Educationally and Financially – Part 1

An item from yesterday’s inbox…

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This is the first of two blog posts, written by Lane Gunnels from South Louisiana Community College, discussing how education has evolved over the years and how the responsibility of the teacher has grown. Technology is a big part of both of these and this first post examines how technology is being incorporated into online education and key factors to consider when creating online content so that it is beneficial to both the student and teacher.  

Some key takeaways are:

  1. Information changes and textbooks become outdated
  2. Technology in the classroom is making it easier to keep information up-to-date and students engaged
  3. Ways to reduce costs for students by incorporating technology into your curriculum

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This article is one of a series published in SoftChalk Talka blog covering timely issues related to all aspects of instructional design and published by SoftChalk LLC.

Have a comment on this topic? Suggestions for future topics or interest in being a guest writer? Send me an email at natalie@softchalk.com.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Natalie Saltzberg

SoftChalk LLC 22 S. Auburn Ave. Richmond VA 23221  877-638-2425

August 11, 2018

Create, Manage And Share Engaging And Interactive Digital Content And Use In Your LMS

An item from Thursday’s inbox…

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What learning are you managing?

To develop the quality learning experiences your students deserve, your LMS probably doesn’t cut it. That’s whereSoftChalk Cloud comes in.

As an award winning online learning content authoring solution, it’s the perfect companion product to use with your LMS. Our rapid content authoring program allows you to create, manage and share engaging and interactive digital content.

You might ask yourself…

1. Can it track student scores?

Yes! In fact, you can track detailed student score results from your content directly into your LMS gradebooks in multiple courses simultantousley with SoftChalk Cloud.

2. What if I need to update content, it must take hours to update every lesson in every course?

Piece of cake! One content item in SoftChalk Cloud can link to multiple courses in one or more LMSs. Change it once in the cloud and every course in every LMS is updated at once. It is that simple.

3. How hard is it to integrate?

Not hard at all. Simply paste a SoftChalk Cloud content link in your LMS course and you’re done!

Your content lives in the Cloud, so even if you change your LMS, you never have to move your content. Join us for this webinar series and see just how easy it is to use SoftChalk Cloud to create exciting digital content for your students and easily deliver it through your learning management system.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

The SoftChalk Team

IMS Certified Content created with SoftChalk Cloud seamlessly integrates with virtually any LMS. Visit the SoftChalk website for more information on LMS integration with SoftChalk Cloud.

SoftChalk LLC 22 S. Auburn Ave. Richmond VA 23221  877-638-2425

August 10, 2018

Create High Quality Online Lessons That Are Interactive And WILL Engage Students

Note these up-coming sessions from SoftChalk.

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You have a learning management system (LMS)—but is the content in your LMS course awesomeor is it meh? If you’re a college or university educator, instructional designer, or school administrator who is looking to upgrade the LMS course experience, look no more!

In this webinar, we’ll show a fast and easy way for faculty to create high quality online lessons that are interactive and will engage students. Did we mention it’s FAST and EASY?
You’ll also learn how you can deliver your lessons directly inside of your school’s learning management system (LMS).

Register for a FREE webinar today and see how you can create a professional-looking, interactive, online lesson in an hour with SoftChalk Cloud!

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We look forward to seeing you there!

The SoftChalk Team

SoftChalk LLC 22 S. Auburn Ave. Richmond VA 23221  877-638-2425

August 6, 2018

The Six Models of Blended Learning

And from the inbox earlier today…

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This series is a follow-up to the series on blended learning from last fall. Those posts, based on a course that Robert Godwin-Jones teaches regularly, discussed the basic what, why, and how of blended learning.

In this new series, we will be widening the focus, starting with a discussion of different available models of blended learning for both higher-ed and K-12 schools. That will lead into a discussion of the particular benefits and drawbacks of each model. We will also be looking at the related issue of how to tailor a blended learning approach to achieve maximum benefits for all students, through personalized learning and sticky content. Finally, we will look at the opportunities to expand the reach of the blended/online course through the use of mobile technology and micro learning.

In these final posts, we will be looking at particular contexts for instituting blended learning and discussing which models fit those particular uses:

  1.    Blended learning model in elementary schools: Station rotation model
  2.    Blended learning model in middle schools: Lab rotation model
  3.    Blended learning model in high schools: Individual rotation model
  4.    Blended learning model for higher education: Flipped classroom model
  5.    Blended learning model for the workplace environment: Enriched virtual model
  6.    Blended learning for mobile delivery: Ubiquitous learning model

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This article is one of a series published in SoftChalk Talka blog covering timely issues related to all aspects of instructional design and published by SoftChalk LLC.

Have a comment on this topic? Suggestions for future topics or interest in being a guest writer? Send me an email at natalie@softchalk.com.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Natalie Saltzberg

SoftChalk LLC 22 S. Auburn Ave. Richmond VA 23221  877-638-2425

July 24, 2018

Dynamic Education And Digital Tools: The Content And Critical Thinking

From yesterday’s inbox…

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This is the second of two blog posts, written by Dr. Sukhen Dey of Bellarmine University, discussing how education has evolved over the years and how the responsibility of the teacher has grown. In the previous postfactors to consider when creating a learning interaction were examined. In this post, specific examples of these factors are shown as well as digital tools and how they play a role in critical thinking on behalf of the students.

Creating appropriate digital content and lessons depends on the subject matter. Keeping in mind, the aforementioned areas, I shall try to concentrate on the main theme of an interaction. It is the “engagement” aspect, which, as I touched on earlier, is an interactive piece of content, lesson or assessment that motivates the student to think. The role of the interaction creation tool is to accommodate the design of the interaction with adequate resources and ease.

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This article is one of a series published in SoftChalk Talka blog covering timely issues related to all aspects of instructional design and published by SoftChalk LLC.

Have a comment on this topic? Suggestions for future topics or interest in being a guest writer? Send me an email at natalie@softchalk.com.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Natalie Saltzberg

SoftChalk LLC 22 S. Auburn Ave. Richmond VA 23221  877-638-2425

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