SoftChalk Create (version 8) Now Available – Lots of New Features

SoftChalk CreateSoftChalk Create (version 8) is now available for Valencia College faculty and staff to utilize. You can download this update, including the new license information, at the LTS Secure Download site. Visit the Blackboard Essentials Self-Paced course inside Blackboard Learn or email onlinehelp[AT]valenciacollege.edu from your Valencia email account for information on how to access this site.

SoftChalk Create continues to build upon the success of previous versions of SoftChalk and responds to the needs of digital learners with a variety of new features.

All SoftChalk Activities are Now Mobile Friendly

Activity on tablet and smart phone

Enhanced Support for Mobile Delivery

  • All of SoftChalk’s “Flash” Activities are now available in mobile-friendly HTML/Javascript versions that work great with iPads, Androids and many smart phones. This includes Crossword Puzzles, Hot Spot Images, DragNDrop Matching, Interactive Timeline… all of them!
  • SoftChalk’s Smart Mobile technology uses “browser detection” to display the version of the activity best-suited to that browser. This means that learners using older web browsers that don’t support newer technologies will automatically view the old “Flash” activities, while learners using newer browsers and mobile devices will automatically view the new mobile-friendly versions. The end result—seamless delivery of SoftChalk content to all users, no matter their device or browser.
  • You’ll also notice new color style enhancements in all SoftChalk mobile lesson pages.

Accessible Learning Content Enhancements

New features to help reach all learnerskeyboard

  • New Keyboard Accessibility features have been added to most of SoftChalk’s interactive activities. This allows keyboard-only learners to more easily navigate SoftChalk content.
  • New MathML functionality ensures that when math equations are used in a SoftChalk lesson, screenreader software can “read” the equation.
  • Learners can view text descriptions of audio and video content, as well as content presented using iframes and widgets.

Media Search Enhancements

New Repositories and featuresmediasearch

  • The Learning Registry is now searchable from SoftChalk’s Media Search tool, providing easy access to thousands of digital learning resources including the National Archives, The Library of Congress and PBS Learning Media. Learn more about the Learning Registry at www.learningregistry.org.
  • When inserting images found in Media Search, the “alt” tag is automatically populated with the image title and the “longdesc” is populated with the image “title and description.”
  • Activities and Quiz Groups found in Media Search can be inserted into a lesson as an editable copy of the object.
  • URL links found in Media Search can be inserted in a lesson as a link or embedded as an iframe.

Content Authoring Enhancements

New Features available in SoftChalk Createcreate

  • StyleBuilder has a new option that allows replacement of the banner graphic
  • Frame border and scrolling options are now available when inserting iframes
  • User-entered text display options are now available for Quiz Groups and Activities
  • Helpful “Show Me” videos now available in “Create”
  • Easily save activities, quizgroups and media files to SoftChalk Cloud and re-insert into new lessons.

Expanded LMS Integration

SoftChalk plays well with everyone!

SoftChalk content now works with more learning management systems (LMS) than ever before, including Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Moodle, Canvas,  ANGEL, Jenzebar, BrainHoney and others. Even better, SoftChalk content can track student score results directly into the gradebook of all of these LMSs.

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October’s Workshops and Courses with Learning Technology Services

Coming in October are several workshops and courses with Learning Technology Services to help you learn a new tool, enhance your course, and receive a few faculty development credits.

Multimedia Tools for Online Courses

Rip VideoTuesday, October 2, 2012 Webinar — 10:00am – 12:00pm:  LTAD 3240Multimedia Tools for Online Courses(CRN 2364): This course will assist participants in identifying and incorporating multimedia and instructional tools to accommodate students’ diverse learning styles. Note: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification. 2 PD Hours.

NEW! Mobile Learning

Mobile_intelecomThursday, October 4, 2012 – Thursday, October 18, 2012: LTAD3284 Monitoring Student Performance in Blackboard(CRN 2609): This introductory course on mobile learning will provide participants with an overview of mobile learning activities including formative assessments, single topic lessons, and collaborative projects. Participants will also review mobile applications, compatible with Blackboard, with an emphasis on maximizing integration of iPads, iPhones and other mobile devices for teaching and learning. Note: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification. This is a hybrid course that requires three face-to-face meetings in addition to online coursework. Meetings: Thursdays, 10/04/2012, 10/11/2012, and 10/18/2012 from 10:00 – 11:00am on West Campus Room 6-326A. 2 PD Hours.

Respondus and StudyMate

respondusTuesday, October 16, 2012, East Campus Room 6-230: LTAD3285 Respondus and StudyMate(CRN 2611): Get ready to learn how to quickly and easily develop, edit, and publish quizzes, self-tests, flashcards, crossword puzzles, and many other interactive assessment tools to your course. Note: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification. This is a face-to-face course. 2 PD Hours.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, Osceola Campus Room 1-115: LTAD3285 Respondus and StudyMate(CRN 2612): Get ready to learn how to quickly and easily develop, edit, and publish quizzes, self-tests, flashcards, crossword puzzles, and many other interactive assessment tools to your course. Note: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification. This is a face-to-face course. 2 PD Hours.

SoftChalk Lesson Builder

SoftChalk 7 LogoWednesday, October 17 – Wednesday, November 7, 2012: LTAD3270 SoftChalk Lesson Builder(CRN 2382): This hands-on course will support faculty in identifying, creating, and integrating discipline-specific reusable learning objects. Faculty will learn how to use SoftChalk Lesson Builder to create original interactive course content. Faculty will also learn how to access and integrate RLOs from various digital repositories.  Note: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification. This is a hybrid course that requires face-to-face meetings in addition to online coursework. Meetings: Wednesdays, 10/17/2012, 10/24/2012, 10/31/2012, and 11/07/2012 from 2-4pm on West Campus room 6-326A. 10 PD Hours.

Blackboard Training

Assessment Tools in Blackboard

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, Webinar — 2:00 – 4:00pm: LTAD3183 Assessment Tools in Blackboard(CRN 2369): This course is designed to help faculty utilize assessment tools in the Blackboard Learning Management System. Note: This course is an online synchronous, interactive webinar. 2 PD Hours.

Communication Tools in Blackboard

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Webinar — 2:00 – 4:00pm:  LTAD 3186 Common Tools in Blackboard(CRN 2357): This course is designed to help faculty utilize communication tools in the Blackboard Learning Management System. Note: This course is an online synchronous, interactive webinar. 2 PD Hours.

Getting the Most out of Blackboard Grade Book

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Webinar — 2:00 – 4:00pm:  LTAD 3185 Getting the Most out of Blackboard Grade Book(CRN 2385): This course is designed to help faculty utilize the grade center in the Blackboard Learning Management System. Note: This course is an online synchronous, interactive webinar. 2 PD Hours.

Maximizing Groupwork in Blackboard

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Webinar — 10:00am – 12:00pm:  LTAD 3182Maximizing Groupwork in Blackboard(CRN 2360): This course is designed to help faculty maximize groupwork in the Blackboard Learning Management System. Note: This course is an online synchronous, interactive webinar. 2 PD Hours.

Monitoring Student Performance in Blackboard

Wednesday, October 31, 2012, Webinar — 10:00am – 12:00pm: LTAD3184 Monitoring Student Performance in Blackboard(CRN 2363): This course is designed to help faculty monitor student performance in the Blackboard Learning Management System. Note: This course is an online synchronous, interactive webinar. 2 PD Hours.

How to Register for Courses

  • Review the Faculty Development Calendar or Course Search to view the courses offered
  • Click on the course to view the description,instructional method, time, location and CRN to make your selection
  • Write down or print the CRN(s) of the workshops you wish to attend
  • Login to ATLAS using your User Name and PIN
  • Click on the Registration tab
  • Click on Register for classes in the Registration Box
  • Click on Step 3: Register for Classes/Withdraw.
  • Click on the arrow on the drop down box to select Professional Development 12/13 and then click on the Submit button
  • Enter the CRN(s) in the boxes at the bottom of the screen
  • Click on Submit Changes button
  • Click on Detail Schedule at the bottom of the screen to view your registration

NOTE: Faculty development courses will appear on your Atlas professional development transcript. How to print a professional development transcript.

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New Blackboard Mobile App at Valencia

Blackboard Learn Mobile app is now available for ALL iOS and Android users! You can use your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, and Android® devices on any carrier or network to access and update announcements, discussions, content, and much more with the Blackboard Mobile Learn app.To use Blackboard Mobile Learn, you will be prompted to subscribe to the app via one of two options:

  • $1.99* for 1 year of access
  • $5.99* for unlimited access

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS

1. Visit the:

  • App Store on your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®
  • Visit the Google Play Store (formerly Android Marketplace) on your Android®

2. Search for “Blackboard Mobile Learn”
3. Install the app
4. Search for your school
5. Login with your personal Blackboard credentials

Below you can find the app by clicking on the App Store or Google Play store buttons or by scanning the QR codes:

Supported Devices
 

Android
iPhone
iPod Touch
iPad

 

FEATURES

Mobile Tests

Your students are able to take tests and exams delivered through Blackboard Learn on their Android and iOS devices. Any test you created that includes compatible question types (Multiple Choice, Hot Spot, Fill in the Blank, etc) can be taken from Blackboard Mobile Learn

Content

Your students can access content you uploaded and interact with it on their device, using Blackboard Mobile Learn or any other application that supports those documents.

Push Notifications

Your students can now elect to receive automatic, personalized notifications delivered straight to their mobile devices to help them stay informed.

  • New announcements
  • New graded items
  • Test being posted
  • Other course activities

Blogs

Classmates can read blog posts and interact with each other by posting comments and uploading media as attachments on blogs (Android and iOS) as well as uploading non-media files (Android).

Announcements

You can post announcements on-the-go

Journals

Your students can reflect on their course Journals through Blackboard Mobile Learn, as well as comment on peer Journals. You can use this tool to comment on student journals.

Grades

Your students can find out how they did on their last midterm or homework assignment by using the Grades tool. They’ll receive a Push Notification as soon as an item in their course has been graded.

Roster

With the class roster,your students can quickly view their entire class list, making organizing study groups a whole lot easier.

Discussions

You and your students can easily read-up and contribute to Discussions from Blackboard Mobile Learn. Students can even upload media from their mobile device as part of a Discussion attachment

Tasks

You can help students track and manage the progress of various tasks, from turning in homework assignments to midterm reminders to purchasing textbooks. The tasks tool allow students to mark when they’ve started a task and when it’s complete.

Blackboard Mobile Learn Resources

If you’re looking to really engage your students with mobile learning, check out Blackboard’s
Best Practices for Mobile-Friendly Courses.

Demo video tutorials

Blackboard Official Mobile Learn Device demosYoutube Blackboard Mobile learn for the iPad

Youtube Blackboard Mobile Learn for Android

Get Help

Blackboard Mobile Learn Help

Important Notice

The use and purchase of this application is optional and not required. It offers another way to connect to Valencia’s Blackboard server. You may still access Blackboard via your device’s mobile browser by going to https://learn.valenciacollege.edu (functionality will depend on your browser’s technical limitations.)

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September’s Workshops and Courses with Learning Technology Services

Coming in September are several workshops and courses with Learning Technology Services to help you learn a new tool, enhance your course, and get a few faculty development credits.

Navigating Blackboard

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Webinar — 2:00 – 4:00pm:  LTAD3180 2 Navigating Blackboard(CRN 2381): This course is designed to help faculty navigate the Blackboard Course Management Environment.  Note: This course is an online synchronous, interactive webinar. 2 PD Hours.

Adding Content to Blackboard

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, Webinar — 2:00 – 4:00pm: LTAD3181 Adding Content to Blackboard(CRN 2356): This course is designed to help faculty add content in the Blackboard Course Management System. Note: This course is an online synchronous, interactive webinar. 2 PD Hours.

Faculty Front Door

Friday, September 7, 2012, West Campus Room 7-140 — 2:00 – 3:00pm: LTAD3187 Faculty Front Door(CRN 2510): is a user-friendly tool for creating a faculty web site to display your syllabus, and course materials. In this hands-on workshop, faculty will learn the key features of the tool and create a simple website for their course.  This course will be offered again Thursday, September 20, 2012 West Campus Room COD 1 from 6-7pm. 1 PD Hour.

Blackboard Essentials

Blackboard_BoardFriday, September 14 – Monday, October 15, 2012: LTAD3282 Blackboard Essentials(CRN 2198): In this project-based course, participants will learn how to prepare their courses for delivery using the blackboard learning management system (LMS). Successful completion of this course is demonstrated by completing a learning module containing certain required elements to demonstrate your ability to use the tools.  Note: This course requires weekly synchronous virtual meetings in addition to online coursework. Thursdays, September 20, September 27, October 4, and October 11, 2012, Online Webinar 5:00 – 6:00pm. 10 PD Hours.

How to Register for Courses

  • Review the Faculty Development Calendar or Course Search to view the courses offered
  • Click on the course to view the description,instructional method, time, location and CRN to make your selection
  • Write down or print the CRN(s) of the workshops you wish to attend
  • Login to ATLAS using your User Name and PIN
  • Click on the Registration tab
  • Click on Register for classes in the Registration Box
  • Click on Step 3: Register for Classes/Withdraw.
  • Click on the arrow on the drop down box to select Professional Development 12/13 and then click on the Submit button
  • Enter the CRN(s) in the boxes at the bottom of the screen
  • Click on Submit Changes button
  • Click on Detail Schedule at the bottom of the screen to view your registration

NOTE: Faculty development courses will appear on your Atlas professional development transcript. How to print a professional development transcript.

Bagels and Blackboard

As we embark on teaching in the latest version of Blackboard, we have designed some discussion and overview sessions to help our faculty and staff learn about the latest changes. Bagels and Blackboard is an opportunity to (1) learn about specific changes in SP9 and (2) get general questions on Blackboard answered. No PD or Faculty Development Credit will be offered for these sessions. These sessions are designed to get your questions answered and to meet members of the Learning Technology Services (LTS) Instructional Design team.

A short presentation on new features will start at 9:00 a.m. on the dates listed below and the team will stick around to answer questions until 11:00 a.m. Feel free to stop in anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to join us to learn more about Blackboard’s latest features and meet the team. Click the registration button below to RSVP for this event, even if you are just dropping by for a short time.

COFFEE AND BAGELS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE ATTENDING

 Bagels and Blackboard:

Location

Date & Time

Registration

Osceola Campus

Building 1 – Room 115

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

9:00 a.m.

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East Campus

Building 4 – Room 133

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
9:00 a.m.

 Bb Essentials registation November

West Campus

Building 6 – Room 326A

Thursday, September 6, 2012
9:00 a.m.

 Bb Essentials registation November

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Upcoming SoftChalk Webinars: Teaching Science Totally Online & Bloom’s Taxonomy, Thinking Skills and SoftChalk

softchalk innovators in online learning

Come see why The Innovators in Online Learning series is so popular. See the cool and inspiring things our clients are doing and why SoftChalk is essential to their success. Register now for this month’s exciting presentations!

 Teaching Science Totally Online Using SoftChalk and Home-Based Lab Kits (LabPaq)

Wednesday, April 18
1pm PT | 2pm MT | 3pm CT | 4pm ET

In 2003, Ocean County College (OCC) was awarded a $458,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a one day per week Nursing Program which allowed students to attend clinical training while the didactic portion was delivered online. Almost immediately, they realized that the value of the program would be limited if the students were required to come to campus at all. They needed to put science totally online! Attend this webinar to see how they managed to teach a hands-on subject like science totally online!

Presenter: Dr. Jim Brown, Associate Professor of Science at Ocean County College (OCC) and former Dean of Science, Engineering, Health Sciences and Human Performance.

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Bloom’s Taxonomy, Thinking Skills and SoftChalk

Thursday, April 26
12pm PT | 1pm MT | 2pm CT | 3pm ET

Bloom’s Taxonomy asks students to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate. So what does that look like in a SoftChalk lesson? Find out how Duke University Talent Identification program creates lessons for gifted K-12 students where higher-order thinking skills are a priority.

Presenter: Lyn Hawks, Coordinator of Independent Learning, Duke University Talent Identification Program

Click this button to register now

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February’s Workshops & Courses with Learning Technology Services

Coming in February are several workshops and courses with Learning Technology Services to help you learn a new tool, enhance your course, and get a few faculty development credits.

Respondus & Study Mate

Tuesday,February 7, 2012, 10:00am-12:00pm East Campus: LTAD3285 Respondus & Study Mate (CRN 2359): Bring your quizzes and test banks. Get ready to learn how to quickly and easily develop, edit, and publish quizzes, self-tests, flashcards, crossword puzzles, and many other interactive assessment tools to your course. 2 PD Hours. Note: This workshop is optional for the Digital Professor Certification.

Learning on the Go!

Tuesday, February 14-21, 2012, Hybrid Required Meetind Date 2/14/12 West Campus 6-236A: LTAD2910 Selected Topics: Learning on the Go! (CRN 2372): This is an introductory course on mobile learning. This course will provide participants with an overview of mobile learning activities, including formative assessments, single topic lessons, and collaborative projects. Participants will also review mobile applications compatible with Blackboard. 3 PD Hours. Course

Communication Tools in Blackboard

Blackboard_BoardFriday, February 17, 2012, East Campus – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. : LTAD2389 Communication Tools in Blackboard  (CRN 2389): This course is designed to help faculty utilize communication tools in the Blackboard Learning Management System. Topics include discussions, blogs, journal, messages, announcements, and more.

Online Video Orienations

Monday, February 20, 2012, 1:30 – 2:30pm West Campus 6-326A: LTAD3287 Online Video Orienations(CRN 2380): This onsite workshop will explore multiple alternatives for planning, developing and delivering online video orientations for your course. Participants will view samples of videos, participate in a brief taping session, and discuss best practices in the production of a high-quality, reusable video orientation. 2 PD Hours. Note: This workshop is optional for the Digital Professor Certification.

How to Register for Courses

  • Review the Faculty Development Calendar or Course Search to view the courses offered
  • Click on the course to view the description,instructional method, time, location and CRN to make your selection
  • Write down or print the CRN(s) of the workshops you wish to attend
  • Login to ATLAS using your User Name and PIN
  • Click on the Registration tab
  • Click on Register for classes in the Registration Box
  • Click on Step 3: Register for Classes/Withdraw.
  • Click on the arrow on the drop down box to select Professional Development11/12 and then click on the Submit button
  • Enter the CRN(s) in the boxes at the bottom of the screen
  • Click on Submit Changes button
  • Click on Detail Schedule at the bottom of the screen to view your registration

NOTE: Faculty development courses will appear on your Atlas professional development transcript. How to print a professional development transcript.

Valencia Faculty Development

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January’s Workshops & Courses with Learning Technology Services

Coming in January are several workshops and courses with Learning Technology Services to help you learn a new tool, enhance your course, and get a few faculty development credits.

Multimedia Tools

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 10:00am-12:00pm Online Webinar: LTAD3240 Multimedia Tools (CRN 2366): This workshop will assist participants in identifying and incorporating multimedia and instructional tools to accommodate students’ diverse learning styles. Note: This workshop is optional for the Digital Professor Certification. 2 PD Hours.

Blackboard Essentials

Blackboard_BoardWednesday, January 25, 2012, Hybrid – 1/25/2012 thru 2/29/2012  Webinar – Required synchronous virtual meetings will be held on 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, and 2/22 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. : LTAD3282 Blackboard Essentials (CRN 2249): In this project-based course, participants will learn how to prepare their courses for delivery using the blackboard learning management system (LMS). Successful completion of this course is demonstrated by completing a learning module containing certain required elements to demonstrate your ability to use the tools. 10 PD Hours. Course Details: This course requires weekly synchronous virtual meetings in addition to online coursework.

Navigating Blackboard

Friday, January 27, 2012, 10:00am-12:00pm Winter Park: LTAD3180 Navigating Blackboard (CRN 2384): This course is designed to help faculty navigate the Blackboard Course Management Environment. 2 PD Hours.

How to Register for Courses

  • Review the Faculty Development Calendar or Course Search to view the courses offered
  • Click on the course to view the description,instructional method, time, location and CRN to make your selection
  • Write down or print the CRN(s) of the workshops you wish to attend
  • Login to ATLAS using your User Name and PIN
  • Click on the Registration tab
  • Click on Register for classes in the Registration Box
  • Click on Step 3: Register for Classes/Withdraw.
  • Click on the arrow on the drop down box to select Professional Development11/12 and then click on the Submit button
  • Enter the CRN(s) in the boxes at the bottom of the screen
  • Click on Submit Changes button
  • Click on Detail Schedule at the bottom of the screen to view your registration

NOTE: Faculty development courses will appear on your Atlas professional development transcript. How to print a professional development transcript.

Valencia Faculty Development

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