SoftChalk Lesson Challenge is Back

Do you utilize SoftChalk to create engaging, interactive, and professional looking lesson without having to have a background in web design? It’s time to try to win some cash and show off your lessons.

SoftChalk Lesson Challenge

SoftChalk just announced our fourth annual Lesson Challenge! You won’t want to miss this chance to win $500 just by sharing the lessons and eCourses you’ve created with SoftChalk. To make things more streamlined, we’ll be using our learning object repository, CONNECT, for the submission process again this year. For full details on the Lesson Challenge or to see the winning lessons from previous years, visit the Lesson Challenge page.

Did you know Valencia College had a winner from last year’s SoftChalk challenge?

Learn more about Valencia’s Professor of Nutrition, Kristin Bartholomew, and her award winner lesson and why she enjoys using SoftChalk. Find Out More!

SoftChalk 2011 Lesson Challenge Winner Kristin Bartholomew

SoftChalk 2011 Lesson Challenge Winner Kristin Bartholomew Valencia's Professor of Nutrition

Posted in Educational Tools, Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Respondus StudyMate Author 2.5 Available Now with HTML5 & Cloud Architecture

StudyMate MobileRespondus has released StudyMate Author 2.5, which contains major enhancements. The latest version incorporates HTML5 and cloud architecture to engage learners in an entirely new way, while still offering support for Flash-based learning activities and SCORM objects.

Here’s an overview of the key enhancements:

  1.  Device-specific support was added for students using smartphones and tablets
  2. Activities can be made available outside an LMS (via, a cloud server)
  3.  Instructors can use a simple URL to direct students to activities (enabling instructors to link to activities from pretty much anywhere)

Below is a 2-minute video that highlights the new features. After you watch the video, be sure to select the second link below to see sample activities created with StudyMate Author 2.5. In fact, we’d encourage you to try these activities on a computer, smartphone, and tablet so you can experience the customized environments for each device.

2-minute Movie: New Features in StudyMate Author 2.5

Sample Activities from StudyMate Author 2.5

Updating from StudyMate Author 2.0 to StudyMate Author 2.5 is simple!
If StudyMate Author 2.0 has already been installed, the easiest way to update to 2.5 is to use the “Check for Update” feature in StudyMate Author. Follow these steps:

* Start StudyMate Author 2.0
* Select “Help” from the menu bar
* Click “Check for Update”
* Click “Get Update”
* Upon exiting the StudyMate Author software, the update will automatically be applied.

Don’t have copy of StudyMate on your computer? Valencia has a site license! Contact Online Help for more information or visit the Blackboard Self-Paced course to find the LTAD Secure Download information.

Posted in Educational Tools, Mobile Learning, Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

October Workshops & 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 get a few faculty development credits.

Communication Tools in Blackboard

Friday, October 07, 2011, 10:00am-12:00pm Winter Park Campus: LTAD3186 Communication Tools in Blackboard (CRN 2357): This course is designed to help faculty utilize communication tools (Discussion Boards, Journal, Blogs, Chat Rooms, Messages, Announcements, and Email)  in the Blackboard

SoftChalk Lesson Builder

SoftChalk 7 LogoMonday, October 10, 2011, Hybrid – 10/10/2011 thru 11/14/2011  Osceola Campus: LTAD3270 SoftChalk Lesson Builder (CRN 2382): This workshop will help Valencia with discussions on what Reusable Learning Objectives are and how they can be used in a variety of disciplines and incorporated in existing curriculum. The goals of this workshop are to offer the knowledge and experience of faculty who have designed and used RLOs, and encourage faculty from all disciplines to consider using RLOs for their instruction in a pedagogically sound manner. By the end of this workshop you will be able to give a broad definition of RLOs and repositories, identify a course competency that would benefit from being instructed using an RLO and create your own RLO. 6 PD Hours. Note: This workshop is optional for the Digital Professor Certification. Course Details: This is a hybrid course that requires face-2-face meetings in addition to online coursework. Required meeting dates are 10/17,10/24,10/31, and 11/7 from 2:00-4:00 PM on Osceola Campus in room 2-116

Assesment Tools in Blackboard

Friday, October 21, 2011, 10:00am-12:00pm Osceola Campus: LTAD3183 Assesment Tools in Blackboard (CRN 2369): This course is designed to help faculty utilize assessment tools (Tests, Surveys, Pools, Assignments, SafeAssignments) in the Blackboard

Online Video Orientations

Monday, October 24, 2011, 1:30-2:30pm  West CVideo Orientationampus: LTAD3287 Online Video Orientations (CRN 2365): 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

Posted in Educational Tools, Webinars & Training | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Intelecom Online Videos Changing Login Credentials and Going Mobile!

Please take note of two important changes of login credentials for accessing Intelecom online videos
1. The login credentials for accessing videos through the Intelecom portal have changed.

To obtain the new username and password, please email onlinehelp[AT] your request.

2. If you have already created a collection under My Clips you will find a new feature which allows each user to change his/her email address as well as password.    This takes care of the problem of our old email strings changing to in September. Remember to revise links promptly due to our name change as they will not work if pointing to the old address after September 1st.

Student direct access to repository

Your students now also have access to the Intelecom collection through single sign-on in Atlas, as they log on to the library services. They can use the Intelecom video repository as a research tool and a resource for assignments.

Going Mobile on the INTELECOM Online Resources Network

Now your students can view INTELECOM videos on demand from the comfort of their own mobile device: iPhone and iPad and more! The smart technology behind the INTELECOM videos automatically identifies a Flash-based or Apple mobile device and streams the appropriate video clip to the user.

NOTE: Only Videos linked or embedded inside your courses will play on the Flash-based or Apple mobile device.

Posted in Mobile Learning, Online Learning, Uncategorized, Updates | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Lecture Capture Best Practices

Interested in recording high quality video lectures? A review of best practices, tips for success from experienced faculty and an update of current technologies.

Campus Technology recently posted an article called Lights! Camera! Action! on this topic. Faculty discuss how it’s changing the way they teach, spurring in-class dialogue, and forcing them to become better instructors.

Article Link: Lights! Camera! Action!

Posted in Educational Tools | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Want to access your Blackboard course from your Android, Blackberry and Palm?

Now you and your students can take advantage of learning on the go! Blackboard has extended the amount of platforms for the Blackboard Learn Mobile App to include:

  1. Blackboard MobileAndroid
  2. Blackberry
  3. iPhone & iPod touch
  4. iPad
  5. Palm

Below find a direct link providing info for downloading the Mobile Blackboard Learn App for the smart-phones and mobile devices listed above.

Also attached find a quick tutorial for download Blackboard Mobile Learn Apps Installation Guide

Prefer learning with a video? Watch it at the link below!

What can you and your students  do?  You can participate in discussion boards, read and comment on blogs, access music, videos and images loaded in the course. Students can also view the latest class announcements and their grades.

IMP: The Mobile Blackboard Learn App is free and can ONLY be used through WiFi. The only exception would be Android users on the Sprint Network who are able to use the mobile app utilizing a Sprint data plan without any additional charges.

Posted in Mobile Learning, Online Learning | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

SoftChalk 7 Now Available – Lots of New Features

SoftChalk 7 LogoSoftChalk 7 is now available for Valencia College faculty and staff to utilize. You can download this update, including the new license information, at the LTAD Secure Download site. Visit the Blackboard Essentials Self-Paced course inside Blackboard Learn or email onlinehelp[AT] from your Valencia email account for information on how to access this site.

SoftChalk 7continues to build upon the success of previous versions of SoftChalk and responds to the needs of digital learners with a variety of new features.

SoftChalk 7 automatically generate a mobile-friendly version of content created in SoftChalk and detects the device a learner is using so that the appropriate version of the content is displayed. There are also six new mobile-friendly html5 learning activity templates available in SoftChalk 7, to enhance mobile learning content with interactive.

SoftChalk 7 added these new feature enhancements…

  • Embed any web page or pdf file into your lesson using the new iFrame tool
  • New SoftChalk ScoreCenter for Moodle allows you to track student score data in the Moodle gradebook – Already available for Blackboard Learn users
  • Download lessons and eCourses from CONNECT for editing in SoftChalk
  • Package eCourses in Common Cartridge format

SoftChalk CONNECT Plus takes SoftChalk’s cloud-based Learning Object Repository (LOR) to the next level with powerful, subscription-based services that allow users to collaboratively create, share and track high quality educational content. The CONNECT Plus account offers educators more personal hosting space, enhanced access control of content, collaborative content editing and automated versioning.  CONNECT Plus also offers the ability to reliably track detailed student score data through SoftChalk ScoreCenter.  CONNECT Plus offers the perfect combination for collaboratively building lessons among colleagues and a solution for educators who want an easy way to deliver content and track student results online – either with or without an LMS. (

Want to learn more about SoftChalk? 

LTAD3270-SoftChalk Lesson Builder
Hybrid Course: October 10-November 14, 2011,Osceola Campus,CRN 2382
This is a hybrid course that requires face-to-face meetings in addition to online coursework. Required meeting dates are 10/17,10/24,10/31 and 11/7 from 2:00AM-4:00PM.

Note this Error! Especially with those at Valencia with access to our Banner system.

When I try to run SoftChalk I get an error message, “Cannot find the main class.” What should I do?

Some users have a program called Oracle JInitiator that has caused a conflict with SoftChalk (which runs on Java). The following instructions should resolve the issue caused by the JInitiator program.


  1.   Open C:\Program Files\SoftChalk 6 and look for a shortcut to SoftChalk 6. The SoftChalk 6 shortcut icon will have an arrow on it. (Do NOT look for the file SoftChalk6.exe – if you have your extensions hidden, then you may see two SoftChalk6 icons; be sure to choose the shortcut icon.)
  2.   Drag the SoftChalk 6 shortcut icon onto your desktop. (If you do NOT see the SoftChalk 6 shortcut icon, you have installed SoftChalk with an older version of the installer. Please uninstall SoftChalk and then download the latest installer from our website ( and click Download.)
  3.   Double-click on this SoftChalk 6 shortcut icon to start SoftChalk.
  4.   To avoid confusion, delete your other icon (the one didn’t start SoftChalk).

(If you do not know how to find C:\Program Files\SoftChalk 6, go to your Start menu and right-click on Computer and choose Open. Then right-click on the C: drive and choose Open. Then open the Program Files folder and then open the SoftChalk 6 folder. Then follow the instructions above.)

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment