SoftChalk Cloud is now available for all San Jac faculty who want to add some learning activities to enhance their courses. Interactive elements such as drag-n-drops, matching, multiple choice, hotspots, jigsaw puzzles and more are available.
The desktop version of SoftChalk has been available at SJC for some time now, through the Virtual College of Texas. The desktop version required several steps to “package executable lessons” and further steps were needed to incorporate the lessons into the Blackboard Learning Management System.
With the “cloud” version, everything is much simpler to use in many ways. Faculty can now log in to SoftChalk Cloud from any computer, anytime, anywhere. Faculty can collaborate on creating lessons with a colleague, share content quickly and easily with the world, or to specific individuals or groups. One SoftChalk Cloud lesson can link to multiple Blackboard courses. For example, if a change is made to your SoftChalk Cloud lesson, it is automatically updated in all Blackboard courses that link to this lesson. Instead of having to package a lesson and deal with zipped files, your lessons are simply published to your SoftChalk Cloud account. All you need to do is give the hyperlink to your students! You are also provided with the embed code if you wish to embed the lesson in a Blackboard content item. SoftChalk activities are quick and simple to create, and work especially well for interactive “self-check” questions that provide the student with feedback and opportunities to practice a concept.
If you want to use SoftChalk Cloud to create more formal quizzes or tests that you want to be recorded in the Blackboard grade book, you will simply post an “LTI” link provided by SoftChalk Cloud inside Blackboard and the scores will be transferred into the Blackboard gradebook.
If you are interested in giving SoftChalk Cloud a try, please contact an Instructional Designer in the EdTech Department to get an account set up. Contact information for the Instructional Designers can be found on the EdTech website, at http://sjcblogs.sanjac.edu/edtech/about/people/