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May 24, 2018

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

Note these up-coming webinars 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

May 17, 2018

Murphy’s Law, Emerging Technologies & Online Education: R.E.A.D.Y. In Practice

An interesting item from SoftChalk.

Murphy’s Law, Emerging Technologies & Online Education: R.E.A.D.Y. in Practice

Murphy’s Law, in its iconic formulation, goes something like this: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Faculty who have taught online courses for any length of time live the hard truth of Murphy’s Law. Broken links, lockouts, and misbehaving applications are inevitabilities at one point or another. There are, of course, solutions and workarounds to any technology problem that arises. But still, those solutions and workarounds can only address problems once they exist.

This is the second of two posts discussing Murphy’s Law and how it impacts components of online learning, especially with the increase in technology being utilized in the online learning environment.

This first post addressed these Murphy’s Law issues and provided steps for how to plan for broken links, misbehaving applications, etc. both before and after they happen.

This second post addresses giant lockouts, learning curves, updates to the Learning Management System and how you can apply R.E.A.D.Y. to some of these less familiar scenarios.

readthefullarticle_button.pngfading line.jpgThis 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

May 10, 2018

Create 11 Has Arrived!

Note this announcement…

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More options!  More choices!  More modern!  More responsive!  More accessible!

The new SoftChalk Create V11 is HERE and it’s all about enabling you to create beautifulinteractiveresponsiveaccessible lessons for your students. So, we have completely re-built the architecture and redesigned the styling of your SoftChalk lessons. Our three objectives with this redesign effort:

CreateNumbers1_NEW.png Modernize the look and feel of your lessons
CreateNumbers2_NEW.png Incorporate responsive page design into your lessons
CreateNumbers3_NEW.png Add even more accessibility features into your lessons

The easy-to-use authoring tool itself has changed very little, but the content you generate is completely new and updated!  And updating your existing content to the new format is quick and easy!

We’ve scheduled a few Short Courses this week to help you get started with with Create 11! Please click on one of the links below to register…

Thursday, May 10 at 1:00 PM ET
Friday, May 11 at 3:00 PM ET
Monday, May 14 at 11:30AM ET

If you’re a current Cloud customer, you can get the new Create 11 update hereDesktop users will receive Version 11 within the week.

Not a customer but want to learn more?! Email us at sales@softchalk.com—we look forward to hearing from you!

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Visit our Create 11 page for more information about the new features!

The SoftChalk Team

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

May 2, 2018

Murphy’s Law, Emerging Technologies & Online Education

From Monday’s inbox…

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Murphy’s Law, in its iconic formulation, goes something like this: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Faculty who have taught online courses for any length of time live the hard truth of Murphy’s Law. Broken links, lockouts, and misbehaving applications are inevitabilities at one point or another. There are, of course, solutions and workarounds to any technology problem that arises. But still, those solutions and workarounds can only address problems once they exist.

This is the first of two posts discussing Murphy’s Law and how it impacts components of online learning, especially with the increase in technology being utilized in the online learning environment.

This first post addresses these Murphy’s Law issues and provides steps for how to plan for broken links, misbehaving applications, etc. both before and after they happen.

readthefullarticle_button.pngfading line.jpgThis 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

April 25, 2018

Deliver Interactive And Engaging Lessons Directly Inside Of Your School’s Learning Management System

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

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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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Friday, May 4 4:00PM ET YellowRegisterNowButton.png
Wednesday, May 16 3:00PM ET YellowRegisterNowButton.png
Wednesday, June 6 4:00PM ET YellowRegisterNowButton.png
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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

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