One of the goals of our Digital Initiative is to "create interactive and engaging multimedia-based content for use in Blackboard." This page will serve as a resource to faculty as we test and use SoftChalk. According to their site, this is an "e-Learning authoring solution that lets you easily create, engage, share, deliver and track E-learning content." Here are some of the software's features:

  • SoftChalk allows educators to transform existing course materials into interactive and engaging e-learning content with minimal time, effort and resources.
  • Educators can build, customize and personalize content by mashing up their own materials with rich media (video, audio, images), interactive exercises, quizzes and text.
  • The combination of personalized content, embedded assessment, interactivity, and immediate student feedback increases student engagement and improves learning outcomes.

As part of our pilot, we are testing the Blackboard Building Block for SoftChalk. The latest version of the SoftChalk Blackboard (Bb) Building block (1.0.7) now has a “synch” feature called the Synchronize Copied Content tool. After you copy a course, or export and import a course in Bb 9, it will synch all of the SoftChalk ScoreCenter content with the Bb gradebook so that it is ready to go for the next semester.