E-Learning Blog: Web 2.0 Tools – SoftChalk

by Carlos Montoya, M.Ed

The SoftChalk logo.The topic for this week’s blog is a tool that will enhance the interaction level of your lessons. There are many resources that you can use to make your lessons more engaging to students. One of those tools is SoftChalk Create.

Softchalk Create is a multi-function platform that combines a learning object repository, content authoring, and hosting and management features, while keeping track of student score results.

SoftChalk will allow you to add interaction and engagement to any lesson. You can convert a simple Word document full of information into an interactive webpage, full of videos, links, quizzes, PowerPoint slides and activities to enhance your student’s e-learning experience. SoftChalk is portable and it will also work with our LMS, Canvas.

USF hosts the software and you can download it for free:

A screenshot of the SoftChalk download location, at learn.usf.edu.

Please click on this link and follow the instructions to download it to your computer. Once downloaded you can start creating interactive lessons. Here are some tutorials to get you started. Also check some sample lessons and webinars.

After you have created a lesson the question is, how do you share it with your students? There are two answers to that question.

The first answer: Create an account with SoftChalk Cloud (annual subscription of $495/year.) When you create an account with SoftChalk, all of your lessons will be saved on the cloud so you can access them anywhere. The best part is that when you are ready to share, all you have to do is share the link. So if you use Modules, Pages, Assignments, Discussions or Quizzes in Canvas, all you have to do is paste the link to any of those elements and your students will be emerge in your lesson with one click. Check this tutorial.

The second answer: After you create your lesson in SoftChalk Create, you can download the content of the lesson to your desktop as a zip file. Then, go to Canvas and open the course where you want to upload the lesson. Go to files, create a new folder with the lesson name, and upload the zip file from your desktop. Then you will link only one file out of that folder. That file name will be “index.html”. You can link this file to a content page, an assignment, a discussion, a module or a quiz and students will navigate through the lesson you created as if it were a website.

Check this link for more information.

Have questions about this or any other Web 2.0 tool? Contact us!