By Janice Grewatz, BS, CSFA, CST, CSPDT, FAST

2020 was a challenging year for surgical technology instructors, with many having to quickly retool their courses and shift to distance education delivery. Some became Zoom experts and provided synchronous lectures while others used their college’s learning management system (LMS) to deliver course materials. While looking to engage my students via distance learning but still provide quality education, I found an LMS software program called SoftChalk, in which course materials are stored in a cloud and integrated into the college’s specific LMS.

We know students do not always read the textbook, so we must develop creative ways to present course materials. PowerPoint has been a tried and true method, but it has limitations on what can be incorporated. Additionally, these types of presentations are overused and do not nece