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

Why Softchalk?

  • Create interactive web pages for your eLearning course. It's easy, quick, and your lessons will look like a professional designer created them.
  • Engage your students with lessons that include pop-up text annotations, self-assessment quizzes, and interactive learning tools.
  • Package your lessons for delivery via Internet, Intranet, and CD-ROM or integrate lessons with the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS).
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 Recent Micro-Lectures created by your Queensborough Colleagues

Geometry Lesson
Professor Nataliya Khomyak

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Social Sciences
Sociology  - Systematic study of society

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Listening to Music in Movies - Apocalypse Now



You can use micro-lectures to:

  • Provide an introduction or overview of a course.
  • Provide an overview for a particular concept or small group of related concepts.
  • Demonstrate a single problem-solving procedure or technique (e.g., solving a particular type of problem in physics, chemistry, statistics, algebra, etc.)
  • Provide step-by-step instructions and demonstrate completion of a task or laboratory procedure.
  • FLIP your Classroom: Assign the viewing and note taking of the video as homework, then: start a Blackboard Discussion Forum in which students are required to participate; hold a discussion session at the next class meeting; hold in-class group sessions where students discuss the topic and present their conclusions.

Best Practices

  • Create the micro-lecture as a short video and host it on the College Media server or YouTube.
  • Structure the micro-lecture carefully. Create context by preparing a 15-30 second introduction and a short summary or conclusion.
  • Include an activity or written assignment as a follow-up – i.e. require students to apply the learning from the micro-lecture. Students often overestimate their understanding and need concrete feedback to determine whether they have adequately learned the material.
  • Embed or Link the micro-lectures into your Blackboard course. Students are more likely to use micro-lectures and complete assignments if they are required and contribute to their grade.
  • Construct a related quiz for content material in Blackboard that provides immediate feedback to students about the quality of their learning without increasing your grading burden during the term.


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Guides to get you started
Logging into Blackboard
Finding Your Courses
Adding Content
Making Your Course Available
Creating an Assignment
Getting Oriented with Blackboard
Changing Your Email Address in Blackboard

Working in the Course Environment
Using the Section Merge Tool
Course Menu Overview
Course Style Options
Creating a My Grades link
Adding a Banner to Your Course Entry Point
Uploading Your Syllabus

Building Course Content
Making Backups of Your Course Materials
Copy Courses
Copy and Move Content to Another Folder
Using the Content Editor
Video Everywhere Building Block
Building a Learning Module
Creating a Tool Link
Adding a Web Link
Creating a Mashup


Setting Permissions
Turning Tool Availability On and Off
Permitting and Restricting Guest and Observer Access

Reporting and Course Utilities
Turning on Statistics Tracking for a Content Item
Running and Saving a Course Report
Exporting a Course Package
Archiving a Course
Importing a Course Package
Exporting Your Blackboard Course

Using the Discussion Board
The New Discussion Board
Creating a Discussion Board Forum
Reading and Posting on the Discussion Board
Interacting with the Discussion Board
Grading a Discussion Board Forum
Creating a Discussion Board Thread
Replying to a Discussion Board Thread
Tagging Discussion Board Posts
Managing Discussion Board Roles
Changing Discussion Board Forum Settings
Moderating Discussion Board Forums

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