Softchalk: The Virtual
By Dorolyn Alper, Maggie Charlton and Rhonda Montrose
What is Softchalk?
Soft Chalk is a way to create
and manage e-learning
content inside or outside of a
Learning Management System
(LMS) such as
Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Moo
dle, and Canvas.
You can create
rich, professional looking
learning content to enhance
your on-line teaching.
Description of Softchalk
▪ Softchalk is a subscription web based system to design
pages, quizzes, present interactive material, and video which may be
viewed and interacted with by students on their PC or other mobile
devices such as phones.
▪ Softchalk Cloud is a “multifunction platform that combines learning
object repository, content authoring, hosting and management
features with an easy way to track student score results-and it’s
designed to integrate seamlessly with learning management
▪ Softchalk is interactive and engaging with professional looking
Capabilities of Softchalk
▪ Can import information from Softchalk Cloud, MicrosoftWord,
▪ Quiz items, activities,Widgets, iFrames
▪ TextAnnotations (Textpopper)
▪ Mobile capabilities
▪ Library available for content information
▪ Web launch or desktop version available
How to use Softchalk
▪ Click the above link to view a shortYouTube video about how to use
How to use Softchalk:
Be prepared to have many options!
How to use Softchalk: Choose from three
How to use Softchalk:
Choose your activities
One example: crossword
Once you have loaded your
content into your lesson, then it’s
time to have some fun! There are
a myriad of options to make the
lessons interactive, including
“Check me” self-assessment
options, flashcards, charts,
timelines and many more! You
can also have students take a quiz
at the end of the lesson that will
score automatically (once you
enter the type of quiz you want)
and the students can print out
their score summary and turn it in
to you. You can make any type of
quiz: multiple-choice, true-false,
short answer, essay . . . The
options are limitless!
Pros of Softchalk
▪ Easy to use for both instructors and students
▪ Extremely interactive
▪ Can integrate existing PowerPoint or Microsoft Word
information into Softchalk presentation
▪ Desktop or web launch option
▪ Mobile friendly; can be viewed on mobile devices
▪ Ability to include self-assessments
(quizzes, etc.), videos, annotations and hyperlinks
Cons of Softchalk
▪ In looking at testimonials, it does not appear as though there are any
negatives to Softchalk. Instructors enjoy the ease of creating lessons, either
by importing their own material or searching the cloud for content.
Students prefer Softchalk to PowerPoint presentations because of the
interactivity that Softchalk allows.The self-assessment tool is very popular
with both instructors and students alike!
Tips for using Softchalk
▪ Make sure to take the time and thoroughly go
through the training videos as they will show up
step by step how to build just the lesson you want.
▪ Look at sample lessons that the website
(http://www.softchalk.com) has in place for many
disciplines.They will give you an idea of how other
instructors in your field have designed their lessons.
▪ Don’t be afraid to try something new!
Best practices for using Softchalk
▪ What is Softchalk? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdy-l513LbE
▪ User guide downloaded from softchalk.com