SoftChalk Teaching Success Stories from the “Godfather” of Online Science—Part 1

January 28, 2020


SoftChalk Teaching Success Stories from the “Godfather” of Online Science—Part 1

Since the early 1990s, I have been developing and teaching online science classes, and my real name (James Brown) resulted in my nickname “The Godfather of Online Science”. I have also been referred to as a “Chalkie” since I was an early adopter of the extensive resources available through SoftChalk.

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Teaching Styles for Non-Traditional Students

December 03, 2019


When you picture a typical college classroom, what do you see? Most people would imagine students between the ages of 18 and 22 experiencing college for the first time. But nearly 74% of undergraduate students do not fit into that category today. They are “non-traditional” students. Either they’re older, are returning to complete a degree, or striving to obtain a degree for the first time, all while working a full-time job. These non-traditional students have different needs and respond better to different teaching styles.

In this blog post, Lane Gunnels from South Louisiana Community College will share his experience teaching non-traditional students in his Electrical Technology program.


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Lesson of the Week Recap

November 25, 2019

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

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Lesson of the Week Recap

November 04, 2019

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Ditch Your Textbook: Using SoftChalk to Incorporate OERs Into Your Course

September 25, 2019


With textbook prices constantly climbing, the need for affordable alternatives has become a high priority for both educators and learners. But how can you reduce or remove the need for a course textbook while still ensuring the learners have access to the materials they need?

In this blog post, which is the precursor to an upcoming webinar, Brian Yates and Meredith Hibit of Red Rocks Community College share their experience of transitioning their course content by using OERs (Open Educational Resources) to replace textbooks
within the Spanish Department.

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Lesson of the Week Recap

September 23, 2019

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Lesson of the Week Recap

August 09, 2019

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An Activity Story: Active Learning in the Digital Age

July 29, 2019


Active learning is a necessity in the days of online learning. Reading through textbooks or pages of notes does not stimulate learners in a way that's beneficial to their education. Adding activities and videos to your online content helps solve this problem as it aids in breaking up the necessary text to engage them in a different way and test their understanding of the concepts you've presented.

In this blog post, Eric Miller from Blinn College shares his experience with active learning and compares two products he uses in his teaching to benefit his learners.

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Lesson of the Week Recap

July 12, 2019

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Moving from Face-to-Face to the Online Classroom—Creating Accessible and Engaging Learning Activities for All Learners

May 06, 2019

 Moving from Face-to-Face to the Online Classroom—Creating Accessible and Engaging Learning Activities for All Learners

Introduction

In the process of developing online courses with instructors, we have constantly found that many instructors have a hard time translating the creative and interactive activities they have built for their face-to-face classes to an online learning context. Lacking a creative way to make the transition, some online instructors substitute these interactive learning activities with additional readings and formative assessments. Instructors’ reluctance

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