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SoftChalk Cloud

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SoftChalk Cloud is designed for educators, instructional designers and students who need an easy way to create engaging, media-rich learning content that is portable and flexible.

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SoftChalk Cloud review by Ian M.
Ian M.
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"An excellent product to support online learning materials"

What do you like best?

Softchalk is so easy to use. You can create online courses in less than 30mins. When you load them to the Softchalk cloud you can deliver to any LMS using the cloud links. It is a very flexible way of delivering materials online in many different ways including ebooks.

What do you dislike?

Although the product is great it looks a little dated in the way it looks and I look forward to a new look and feel in the future.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have wanted a way to create and build learning materials outside our LMS so that we can deliver anywhere. Softchalk Cloud delivery allows this function with revisions and auto backup so materials are not lost. There is also a private cloud option if you require a very secure delivery.

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SoftChalk Cloud review by Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M.
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"SoftChalk Cloud: "

What do you like best?

I most appreciate that SoftChalk Cloud allows me to create lessons and other content that includes interactive features, the ability to easily add multi-media, and focuses on usability and accessibility throughout. If you know how to work in a basic word-processing program, creating great-looking lessons or content in SoftChalk requires a very small learning curve. I also like that I can use the Cloud feature as an LOR and link my content into multiple places in our LMS or point users directly to a lesson or web resource by providing the URL without having to go through the LMS or hosted web site.

What do you dislike?

I appreciate being able to create page names for ease of navigation but wish that it would be possible for the page names to be more than 7 characters long. Sometimes 7 characters just isn't enough to have a descriptive page name that makes sense.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using SoftChalk Cloud makes it possible to create web-based help resources that can be linked to directly rather than having to embed the resource into an LMS or other hosted site.

What Course Authoring solution do you use?

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SoftChalk Cloud review by Adam F.
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"Great Online Course Content Creation Tool"

What do you like best?

SoftChalk Cloud is by far the easiest and the most flexible way to create and manage online course content that can also be LMS-independent. Educators do not need to obtain or learn any computer/web programming skills in order to create both interactive learning content that can be easily integrated into their online courses.

What do you dislike?

The major disadvantage towards using Softchalk Cloud is that it requires a Java-based app to in order to create and edit content. Although, this allows content to be viewed on multiple platforms (Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, etc), the required use of Java slows down the application's overall performance and has even caused several software crashes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A great feature to Softchalk Cloud is their media repository. This allows users to easily search for any related content (videos and images) that they an implement into their lessons. In addition, this content comes through the Creative Commons license, which implies that users can use the repository's content without worrying about any copyright infringement violations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Many of our full-time faculty wanted to share their course content with adjunct faculty. Softchalk Cloud makes it very easy for instructors and professors to create content folders allowing them to share their lesson folders with other faculty members.

SoftChalk Cloud review by Cherie V.
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"Softchalk cloud lesson building review"

What do you like best?

The fact that faculty can edit from anywhere an ALL places where the module exists is updated is a plus. With multiple sections of a class this feature is crucial to quick updates. I also like the widget feature. In particular the timeline widget and Quick self checks. These are extremely helpful. Being able to embed a video and then stop to self check can be helpful for a student to make sure they understand the concept prior to continuing on with the lesson. The quick and easy interface seems easy to use and learn. We trained about 4 faculty who were interested in using it. it went well and they said it wasn't too hard to use.

What do you dislike?

The only thing we had issues with was the LTI integration with Moodle. We did struggle a bit with getting that to work on our new fall server. Once we went through the help materials in more depth and looked at our settings we were able to get it up and running smoothly. The quizzing feature took a bi to get to go into the gradebook, but we eventually got it to work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure if you plan to use LTI integration that you have the proper support information.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The problem we are solving is how to interact and create lessons for students that are easy to update, interactive, and easily integrate within our systems. We want to do more flipped classroom and blended learning environments. Softchalk seems to be a good solution for faculty who want to see how their students progress and to create self-contained lessons for students to view OUTSIDE class and then they come into class and actually engage more in depth wit the content as a class. So far we are in the early stages and have not gauged any measurable benefits yet. After this fall semester we will be able to get some feedback from our faculty who are using it.

SoftChalk Cloud review by Brenda B.
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"SoftChalk Cloud makes it easy to maintain consistency"

What do you like best?

We are able to maintain consistency across our professional development workshops and courses by using SoftChalk Cloud for our lessons. When we update one lesson, all sessions are updated.

What do you dislike?

There is not much to dislike about SoftChalk Cloud. The Creative Commons licensing features are not useful when all content is copyrighted, but the "CC" licensing can be turned off. The linear construction doesn't allow for "branching" but there are work-arounds for being able to structure lessons to branch in different directions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

SoftChalk Cloud provides a centralized repository for our lessons. We've been very happy with the ease of getting up to speed and the support provided by the cracker jack support team at SoftChalk!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving the problem of having to manage updates across many individual sessions that are short in duration by using SoftChalk Cloud which has increased efficiency and brings our participants the latest information in a timely fashion.

SoftChalk Cloud review by Nathan T.
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"SoftChalk Cloud for use as a content and lesson repository"

What do you like best?

I like that it allows the for content to be updated seamless while it is shared in multiple systems( LMSs, Websites, email flyers). These update are done once while all your systems will receive the updated content without you having to request it or perform duplicate work (this is the real treasure of Softchalk cloud). Softchalk is also HTML5 based so as long as the content you put into it is as well it will work on multiple platforms.

What do you dislike?

There are still some limitations in the development environment. It requires a java based client app to design the content. Although, this offers some strength in some areas of development it truly limits the product for its dependency on a 3rd party tool and it would just be nice to develop most of the content online. Having both as option would make the product great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely consider carefully the private cloud option as this make administering users easier.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work for a Virtual School and we are developing a great deal of our content in Softchalk Cloud because it offers us LMS independence and the flexibility to share our content with whoever we want. The single point of update to the content is vital to us as we offer multiple section of many courses and often will share lesson across these sections. So, having the ability to perform quick fixes content is paramount and saves us time.

SoftChalk Cloud review by User in Higher Education
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"My experience with SoftChalk Cloud has been fantastic with all the activities that are available."

What do you like best?

It is easy to access for the students. The students have interactive activities and quizzes to practice and the instructor receives immediate feedback. You can also upload a video within your lesson and ask questions about the video using the quizzes.

What do you dislike?

There is not anything to dislike with SoftChalk Cloud.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As an educator one can use SoftChalk Cloud in a variety of ways. You can organize your lessons and present them in class. You can use the lessons as tutorials for the students. You can use the quizzes and activities as assessments with immediate feedback. As a SoftChalk Cloud user you can look through all the other lessons that have been submitted and use them as needed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a teacher I use SoftChalk Cloud for professional development. I have received the benefits of being recognized as a SoftChalk user, and I do presentations to introduce others to SoftChalk Cloud.

SoftChalk Cloud review by Danielle "Marcy" D.
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"Works well with different learning management systems"

What do you like best?

How easy it can be to use with different learning management systems, and how they are working to ensure Web accessibility (which is something that most products are struggling with).

What do you dislike?

How it can be cumbersome to training instructors on how to use it, but really I don't have very much that I don't like about SoftChalk Cloud.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it! It's a really fun program to work with, so if you are looking to implement something new, this is the way to go!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to make courses more engaging and collaborative

SoftChalk Cloud review by User in Higher Education
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"Excellent tool for entry-level content authoring"

What do you like best?

It is an excellent tool for those (in particular teachers) who are new to content authoring and would like to move away from "dumping content" into their LMS

What do you dislike?

In their effort of keeping things simple, stupid, they are neglecting the more advanced/proficient who would want some of the functionality that other competitive tools have.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for any easy to use authoring tool for your learning materials then SoftChalk is the way to go. Not sure about the price-value for money ratio as the institution has previously paid for the license but it's definitely worth considering it as an entry-level solution compared to the some of the more complex solutions like Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate.

Consider SoftChalk as an important stepping stone towards making your content more engaging, structured, taking it beyond the "repository" status. Easy enough to use, complex enough to cope with your basic needs, it will become a good companion for you until you decide it's time to move on to something better (although I have found that many teachers are happy with it and have been using it for the past couple of years).

Definitely recommend using the trial version and make the most of it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SoftChalk has been useful in authoring content for courses that have a weekly structure and due to the simple navigation menus and tools it makes it easy for students to find out what they need, helps them get into the rhythm of things and gives them a sense of structure for each weekly activities.

SoftChalk Cloud review by User in E-Learning
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"Softchalk - great capabilities when not slow and glitchy"

What do you like best?

The ability to create content in a cloud format that works with our creation goals. Fairly easy to use and intuitive.

What do you dislike?

So incredibly slow saving to Softchalk Cloud. Glitches and won't save often enough. Very frustrating. I think we are finally used to the lack of speed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Benefit is working together and all having access to the files in a private cloud format.

SoftChalk Cloud review by Consultant in Education Management
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"A Cloud-Based Solution that WORKS"

What do you like best?

Excellent service and support, the ease with which users are able to navigate the system and access content. The smoothness of the interface, its clean look and overall good UX.

What do you dislike?

The rare outage, though they're so infrequent as to be almost nonexistent.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Connect with other users considering a cloud-based course design solution. Take advantage of SoftChalk's resources, review the case studies and take a look at the testimonials. Attend information sessions and visit company representatives at meetings, conferences and other events where they display.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We sought to leverage our existing subscribers to attend targeted information sessions leading up to one of our national events. SoftChalk partnered with us every step of the way to ensure a seamless experience. We saw an increase in positive impressions and improved relationships with attendees.

SoftChalk Cloud review by User in Media Production
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"Not for Mac Users"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to layout in shortened pages rather than long pages.

What do you dislike?

The support for safari or macs in general is abysmal. I've stopped using SoftChalk because of it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Stick with HTML. While soft chalk offers some nice features, it is hard to use especially on a mac requiring extra steps that just don't make it worth the hassle.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In the beginning I was looking to dress up my online lectures and Softchalk allowed me to do that. Now, I find I can accomplish the same with HTML and it is easier to upgrade and make changes.

SoftChalk Cloud review by Administrator in E-Learning
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"Softchalk, LMS"

What do you like best?

It is often difficult to update course content when we are running multiple sections. SoftChalk allows us to make a single change to the page and provide updated information to all sections.

What do you dislike?

The online editor is a little buggy so I still rely on downloading the SoftChalk lesson, make changes and upload it back to the cloud. This process can be time consuming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Improve the online editor.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use SoftChalk to provide student training. Again, any change will be pushed to all of our courses.

SoftChalk Cloud review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"SoftChalk"

What do you like best?

Easy to set up and to use. There are a lot of functions that might need high skills in JAVASCRIPT or HTML Language but Softchalk made it easy to create those learning objects without such knowledge.

What do you dislike?

The trial period is too short and the software itself still need minimum knowledge of HTML.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

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