Posts Tagged ‘SoftChalk’

Softchalk for MnSCU

training session 10:30AM July 7

firefox is preferable to chrome and IE

in chrome, audio plays automatically. if students are using Chromes, need to have the audio file on the top, so students can stop it. NAPI is not supported by Google. So Softchalk must start local launch.

this is SO complex and SO many side steps that it will be a miracle to get the middle 50-60% of faculty into buying the SoftChalk idea.

local launch is client based and allows creating content without Internet connection

edit in Create Online allows creation on mobile devices such as tablet

have to have rights on the computer to install the local launch. Ha…

I am behind David, since my java is not up to date. i have to update now that. I wonder how many faculty will endure the initial process

Microsoft Edge is different the IE, but will act the same

SoftChalk is the same elitist ideas as LMS. It will require an extensive training of faculty, which they have no time and energy to invest in. The idea of Learning Objects will require years of compiling materials, sufficiently enough to be recycled by other faculty. In most disciplines, these learning objects will age by the time they reach the critical mass.


training session 1PM July 6, 2016

David Evans  from SoftChalk is doing the training session.

If we want to share with students, do they have to have a user account in softchalk?
Аnswer: No. The instructor can share the content by embedding the URL to the Softchalk content, but not allow students to participate in the creation
the answer defies the constructivist principles of learning

MnSCU site Educational Innovations -> MnSCU SoftChalk Pilot

  1. Part 1: Trainer David Evans – SoftChalk’s cloud management (creating lessons, folders, sharing, uploading files and more) – 1 hour 5 min

  1. Part 2: – 21 min
    1. Lesley Blicker – MnSCU’s pilot project and web resources (7 min)
    2. Jon Werth – integrating SoftChalk with the D2L Brightspace gradebook, plus browsers to use or avoid


MnSCU pilot. How to do the LT integration for the gradebook, including browsers constrains.


SoftChalk Session for CSAs and CTs

Java applet is essential, until HMTL5 is functional. IT and the System Office have things locked down and not much can be done. Java Application cannot be blocked.

Integrating Softchalk Cloud w D2L. SCORM – don’t use it. Tool Provider.

SoftChalk (SC) can be used as an external link within D2L, internal integration only when used with the gradebook. The LTI link is ONLY needed if the instructor plans to use the gradebook. Otherwise, it’s a simple embed in content.

if recently installed Java 8.91, will not install the jar file and one have to go and manually delete it.


Firefox and IE will allow to launch the Java applet. Chrome and Safari will block it. it will require a local launch. The install will create an icon in the lower right corner.

I cannot believe such structure, in the times of drag and drop. Whoever came up w it, is DEFINITELY not a faculty and does not care about faculty time and effort.

the process is lengthy and cumbersome, not to mentioned repetitive. If this work is shifted toward faculty, i seriously doubt that the adoption rate will be in the double digits.

verdict: much ado about nothing: the work that faculty have to put toward such content versus the return on the Bloom’s taxonomy scale is so low that in my opinion is just squandering of efforts. If there is a LOR, where faculty can draw preset clusters of similar activities, I would be more willing to accept.

a license for SoftChalk Cloud is needed. Who is in charge of this? John and TLTR? Tom as faculty president?


more on Softchalk in this IMS blog

eBook Builder from Softchalk

Coming this summer, SoftChalk will debut these amazing, educator-friendly features in both SoftChalk Create 9 (desktop version) and in SoftChalk Cloud…

SoftChalk eBook Builderbeta gives YOU the power to create and distribute your own interactive eBooks for use on both iPads and Chromebooks.
Major accessibility enhancements including frame-free lessons and fully HTML5-compliant content.
Add Google Analytics to your SoftChalk lessons, allowing you to measure and report student use of your learning content.
Access to thousands of new resources through SoftChalk’s integration with new media libraries including the Khan Academy, Getty Images and more!
SoftChalk’s new fluid layout will automatically adjust your lesson display on any screen size for any device.
Chrome browser support will be available for student viewing of all SoftChalk content.


Register for one of our Sneak Peek webinars today and be the first to see SoftChalk Create 9 in action!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:00 PM EDT
Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

Definitions and information on blended learning: outcomes, assessment, etc.

On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, Patrice Torcivia Prusko wrote:

Sloan defines blended as anywhere between 30-79% online, so there is a pretty wide range. (I attached a document with the reference). The following are from a Blended Workshop I attended by Dr. Norman Vaughan

More information on BL:

basic definition :
via YouTube



BL wikis:



Softchalk sessions in April

Please consider two instruction sessions on Softchalk in April:

Registration at:

SoftChalk: E-Learning Authoring Tool Content Authoring Software

SoftChalk is provider of content authoring software for educators in K-12, colleges, universities and medical programs. With SoftChalk, educators can create professional, engaging, learning content quickly and easily, which enhances their teaching and improves the learning experience for their students.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM until 2:45 PM 

Location: MC-205 
Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM until 3:45 PM 
Location: MC-205 


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Ideas? Suggestions? Pls email


Steps to Install SoftChalk Create and Enter Your License Key

  1. Download the SoftChalk installer by clicking on the appropriate link below. Save the installer file locally on your computer.
    1. Windows:
    2. Macintosh:
    3. Click the installer and follow the prompts to complete the installation.
    4. After installing SoftChalk Create, look for the Create8 icon on your desktop. Double-click the icon to start the SoftChalk “Create” application.
    5. You may be prompted to create a FREE SoftChalk CLOUD account. This step is optional, but provides you with additional SoftChalk features.
    6. Within the SoftChalk Create application, go to the Help menu and choose Enter License. (If you are a Macintosh user, go to the top left of your screen and choose File/Enter License.)
    7. Copy and paste the license info below into the License Name and License Key fields.

SoftChalk instruction available…

SoftChalk, similarly to LodeStar, allows instructors to “create, customize and personalize content by mashing up your own materials with rich media, interactive exercises, quizzes and text.”

Here is an example of content created with SoftChalk:

To download SoftChalk, please go to

Let us know, if you need support and training sessions:

Licensing keys: pls request from Mark Kotcho (