CREATE ONLINE—NEW Features!

November 12, 2018



CREATE ONLINE—NEW Features!

There are two kinds of SoftChalk Users out there—those who know about Create Online, and those who don’t!  

If you’re one of the former, you’ll be excited to learn that we’ve just released a bunch of new features in Create Online! More about that below!

If you’ve never used Create Online, now is the time to check it out—because it’s better than ever and will make your life easier, and save you time!  
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Establishing Your Online Course Design and Teaching Processes

November 12, 2018


For educators interested in teaching online, the question of where to begin is always at the forefront. There are so many resources available and knowing what the first step is can seem impossible. This is the third in a 3-part blog series from Laura Howard, sharing her knowledge and experiences in teaching online from where to start, to making over existing assignments and establishing your own process. The first post focused on 'Where to Start' and the benefits on teaching online as well as resources you may have available at your institution. The second post focused on making over existing content, previously used for face-to-face (F2F) instruction, for online use.

In this third post, Laura dives into some of the challenges that come with online teaching and offers tips for overcoming them. 

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Innovators in Online Learning: Creating and Implementing Alternatives to Traditional Textbooks

November 08, 2018

 

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A Pedagogic Framework for Developing Self-Directed Learning

November 05, 2018

 

This is a series of five blog posts on Self-Directed Learning (SDL), which has become somewhat of a vogue term in the present educational context. For example, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills identified SDL as one of the life and career skills necessary to prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce.

In the previous post, through a review of the literature, I framed Metacognitive Capability as crucial to the development of Self-Directed Learning (SDL), and potentially the most significant so-called 21st Century Competence.

In this second post I outline, explain and illustrate an Evidence-based Pedagogic Framework for developing SDL. This is the underpinning theoretical rationale for the subsequent posts detailing the strategies to be used and how they work.

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Lesson of the Week Recap

October 29, 2018

Catch a recap of all the amazing lessons YOU, our users are creating!

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Framing Self-Directed Learning

October 26, 2018

 

This is a series of five blog posts on Self-Directed Learning (SDL), which has become somewhat of a vogue term in the present educational context. For example, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills identified SDL as one of the life and career skills necessary to prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce.

In this series, I will unpack SDL in terms of what it actually means and entails as a human capability (e.g., the key underpinning competencies) and how teaching/training professionals can best design and facilitate learning experiences (e.g., strategies) to enhance students’ self-directed learning.

In this first post, I’ll deal with the issue of establishing a clear frame on what SDL is and how such capability enhances learning and well-being.

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Doing it Backwards: Making Over Your F2F Content

October 01, 2018


For educators interested in teaching online, the question of where to begin is always at the forefront. There are so many resources available and knowing what the first step is can seem impossible. This is the second in a 3-part blog series from Laura Howard, sharing her knowledge and experiences in teaching online from where to start, to making over existing assignments and establishing your own process. The first post focused on 'Where to Start' and the benefits on teaching online as well as resources you may have available at your institution. This second post focuses on making over existing content, previously used for face-to-face (F2F) instruction, for online use.

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Lesson of the Week Recap

September 28, 2018

Catch a recap of all the amazing lessons YOU, our users are creating!

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Creating a Virtual Debriefing for Third Year Medical Students

September 24, 2018


When direct experience with patient assessments plays a key role in medical school education,  the question comes to mind: "Is it possible to create an effective, online debriefing of an in-person experiential learning experience?" Lisa Ferris from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences believes the answer is "Yes!" In this blog post, you'll learn how Lisa designed an online module for use as a virtual debriefing for third year medical students.

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Instructional Design for Online Learning (Step Five)

September 12, 2018

 

 
This is the fifth, and final, in a series of blog posts addressing key steps for creating high-quality online learning content. After discussing in the first post (Step 1: Discovering Good Content), the factors to consider in locating usable learning resources, we looked to the second (Step 2: Reusing and Repurposing Learning Content) at the role that context plays in preparing content for student access. In the third post (Step 3: Making Content Pedagogically Effective), we considered approaches for making content pedagogically effective and in the fourth assessment issues (Step 4: Assessing Learning Outcomes).

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