SoftChalk Cloud

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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 <span>Ian M.</span>
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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 <span>Elizabeth M.</span>
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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.

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SoftChalk Cloud review by <span>Adam F.</span>
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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.

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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 <span>Cherie V.</span>
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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 <span>Brenda B.</span>
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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 <span>Nathan T.</span>
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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.

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