Virtual Clinical Experiences Help Prepare Future Nurses

February 13, 2015

In 2012, 79,659 qualified nursing program applicants were turned away due to an insufficient classroom space and clinical sites according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. With the rise in demand for nurses, nursing schools are challenged to develop pioneering instructional practices to help fulfill this need in the future.

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SoftChalk Pilot takes off at 2 Penn State campuses

December 10, 2014

At Penn State New Kensington and Fayette, faculty have been working to streamline the digital education process by designing online courses that have been converted from resident courses. This new program is all thanks to a SoftChalk pilot funded through the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.  Five faculty members from Fayette and New Kensington are heading the pilot after submitting a proposal to Schreyer detailing the courses they wanted to convert to their online curriculum. 

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If at first you don’t have the best solution, then try another one

November 12, 2014
At Ohio State University, they are not afraid to try a variety of learning tools before choosing the right one for their faculty. Christine Barker, intern at the Ohio State University College of Nursing, was given the task of reviewing two similar eLearning solutions. Learn more about her decision to use SoftChalk as her content authoring tool of choice. 
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Chalkies Make Waves at the first ever SoftChalk User’s Conference

October 09, 2014

On October 1-2, 2014, SoftChalk hosted its first ever user’s conference in Baltimore, Maryland, in conjunction with the 6th Annual Quality Matter’s conference. Centrally located near Baltimore Harbor, the conference drew in a diverse crowd of Chalkies, both local and from across the country. The event attracted SoftChalk user’s old and new, representing nearly 140 educators from all across the country. Attendees represented a total of 32 states and about 80 institutions, all of whom shared a passion for education and technology. The conference sought to engage and excite users through presentations and networking events that showcased new and emerging trends in educational technology.

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SoftChalk Cloud honored with 2nd place win in the 2014 IMS Global Connected Learning App Challenge

June 19, 2014

Last fall, IMS Global Learning Consortium hosted its inaugural Connected Learning App Challenge. This challenge was established to recognize applications that support digital innovation using open technology standards that enable connected learning. Challenge entries were evaluated on creativity, ease of Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) integration and on their potential for enabling connected learning both online and in the classroom.

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Storytelling for Learning: Digital Case Studies

June 05, 2014

by Joni Tornwall

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Using Technology To Improve Student Learning: The Flipped Classroom - A free, 3-week, online micro-course for educators

April 29, 2014


Imagine having more class time with your students. Having students watch lectures outside of class would provide more opportunities to incorporate student-centered activities in class.  Many educators are flipping their classes by having students watch their lectures at home (traditionally done in class) and having students do their “homework” (traditionally done at home) in class. This inverting of instructional methods is called flipped learning. Virtually unknown a few years ago, flipped learning is now gaining attention at the secondary and university levels. Several medical/health professional schools are examining the flipped learning concept and many high schools are already using this method. Recently, the National Science Foundation awarded a half-million dollar grant exploring Case Studies and the Flipped Classroom for developing flipped methods in undergraduate biology curriculum.

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Anywhere, Anytime Learning

April 27, 2014

Prince William County Schools’ Virtual High School program offers students the flexibility needed to achieve their individual goals. 

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A Report on EDUPUB2: A Workshop on Digital Publishing for Education

February 21, 2014

by Dr. Robert Godwin-Jones

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Three Chalkies featured in 2013 Center for Digital Education Yearbook

October 22, 2013

The annual yearbook released by the Center for Digital Education aims to support and acknowledge educational leaders as they continue to grow their knowledge of digital education. The 2013 CDE Yearbook features 40 K-12 and higher education innovators that have proven their dedication to teaching and learning through technology. This year SoftChalk had three nominees selected for recognition in the 2014 CDE yearbook for their incredible accomplishments in online education. Walter Barlow, Dr. James Brown, and Dr. James May represent true innovation in the field of digital education. Their creative use of educational technology to improve the quality of their online learning programs has set a unique standard in the future of online learning. Check out the following profiles to learn more about these Innovators in Education!

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