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SoftChalk Offers Reliable Scoring by Integrating with LMS Grade Books

SoftChalk To Offer Reliable Scoring by Integrating with LMS Grade Books Through IMS LTI and Basic Outcomes

Richmond, Virginia, U.S. – October 12, 2010 – SoftChalk LLC, an award-winning provider of eLearning content authoring software, today announced its collaboration with the IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) group to support a new scoring solution that will work directly with Learning Management Systems (LMS). This solution will use the IMS LTI and Basic outcomes framework, which allows remote tools and content to be integrated into a LMS. For SoftChalk users, this collaboration will result in easier, and more reliable integration between SoftChalk content and LMS grade books.

SoftChalk is an IMS Alliance Member and innovative supporter of standards and interoperability. Currently SoftChalk supports IMS Common Cartridge v1.0 packaging and is working on a new tool using the Basic LTI framework. The product in development, SoftChalk ScoreCenter, will provide a scoring method that integrates with LMS grade books to reliably track detailed student score information. SoftChalk plans to launch ScoreCenter for Blackboard Learn later this year. Integration with other LMSs is planned for 2011.

“We strive to provide reliable, standards compliant tools for our clients, and the development of SoftChalk ScoreCenter, using the Basic LTI framework, will help ensure our users experience easy to implement, reliable scoring tracking capabilities within SoftChalk lessons and eCourses,” said Susan Evans, co-founder and CEO of SoftChalk.

"With the broad adoption of Common Cartridge and Basic Learning Tools Interoperability have come many requests for compliant content authoring systems," added Dr. Rob Abel, Chief Executive of IMS. "SoftChalk has taken the lead on providing content authoring, assessments (based on IMS QTI), and now on results reporting. IMS congratulates SoftChalk on providing such strong leadership in a new world of open standards-based content for education."

To learn more about IMS and LTI please attend the IMS Community Update at EDUCAUSE with Rob Abel, IMS CEO, on Wednesday, October 13 at 4:50pm in Meeting Room 210D. In addition, Dr. Charles Severance will be discussing IMS LTI at his Educause session New Opportunities for Teaching and Learning: Extending Learning Management Systems Using Standards, Friday October 15, 2010 - 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM - Meeting Room 207D.

About SoftChalk, LLC
SoftChalk, LLC is an award-winning provider of eLearning software for worldwide education and business institutions. Specializing in the development of intuitive, easy-to-use tools, SoftChalk products allow instructors to create powerful and professional-looking content for eLearning and smart classrooms in K-12, higher education and corporate training. For more information, visit www.softchalk.com.

About IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC)
IMS Global Learning is a nonprofit member organization that strives to enable the growth and impact of learning technology in higher education, K-12, and corporate education worldwide. IMS GLC members are leading corporations, higher education institutions, school districts and government organizations worldwide that are enabling the future of education by collaborating on interoperability standards and major adoption projects for the digital support of education and learning. IMS GLC also sponsors Learning Impact: a global awards program and conference that recognizes the impact of innovative technology on educational access, affordability, and quality. For more information, visit www.imsglobal.org