Online College Courses for Credit

Sophia in Action

Sophia in Action

Author: Peter Johnson

Support information for the eLearning Summit 2011 presentation, Sophia In Action,  given on July 28th, 2011, Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN, USA by Peter K. Johnson

Here is a summary of this learning packet:

  • A copy of the PowerPoint presentation
  • Steps on Learning How to Use Sophia
  • Video showing a flipped classroom
  • Different Ways You Can Use Sophia.
  • An example video created during the presentation.
  • Links to Utilities that Enhance Sophia (Screencast-O-Matic, Jing, StudyBlue)



See More
Fast, Free College Credit

Developing Effective Teams

Let's Ride
*No strings attached. This college course is 100% free and is worth 1 semester credit.

38 Sophia partners guarantee credit transfer.

299 Institutions have accepted or given pre-approval for credit transfer.

* The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for 33 of Sophia’s online courses. Many different colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability to their course and degree programs.


A Presentation From Google

A copy of the presentation used at the eSummit 2011.

Learning Sophia

Turtle with Rocket on its back flying through the air.Here are some links that will help you quickly start using Sophia:





-- Photo from

Source: (Search for: Sophia packets)

The Flipped Classroom

Peer into Aaron Sams' classroom as he explains why he flipped his classroom. Aaron Sams, along with Jonathan Bergmann were the first to flip their classes. The currently teach in Woodland Park Colorado and are writing a book about the Flipped Class.

* * * * * * * * *

David Truss talks about practical considerations of a flipped classroom in his blog, A PairADimes. The comments are worth reading as well.

Ways to Use Sophia

  1. Create mini-presentations that your students can view anytime, anywhere.
  2. Have your students create learning packets to show what they have learned. A great way to get students past memorization and into the levels of higher learning: synthesis and analysis.
  3. Use Collections to group learning packets together. Each learning packet could utilize a different learning style (read/write, kinesthetic, audio/verbal, and group/solo activities)
  4. Use Groups to create a private social network for you and your students (or any team of people you are working with.)
  5. Differentiated Instruction. Currently, teachers have very limited options to do differentiation. Sophia gives you a “many teachers and many ways” capability.  Everyone has something to bring to the learning party. Sophia allows everyone to participate.
  6. Use Sophia to organize multiple parts of your students' web experience: 
  • Discussion Postings - Google+
  • Collaborative Documents - Google Docs and Spreadsheets, Presentations, and Drawings
  • Flash Cards - StudyBlue


Screencast-O-Matic logoScreencast-O-Matic is the original online screen recorder for one-click recording from your browser on Windows, Mac, or Linux with no install for FREE!


  • Free account only saves one video online at a time
  • Paid account is $12/year
    (unlimited time, editing tools, multiple recordings maintained, no watermark)
  • Max record time: 15 minutes
  • Can upload saved video back into Screencast-O-Matic

How To:

  1. Record your video
  2. Save it to your computer as an .mp4 file.
  3. Open up a learning packet in Sophia and upload the .mp4 file into Sophia



Screencast-O-Matic Demo

A demo showing how to add Screen-O-Matic videos to Sophia

StudyBlue - Flashcards Everywhere

StudyBlue logo with other learning tools Have lots and facts and figures for your students to learn?

StudyBlue is an excellent (free) tool for creating flash cards that can be used in learning packets.

They have a free app that allows students to study their flash card packs using their mobile phones.

The sign-up is cumbersome, requiring a school, instructor, and course name, but once setup the tool is well worth the effort.

This is a excellent companion to Sophia. Use StudyBlue for Bloom's first level of learning - Knowledge (memorize, list, name, recognize, locate, label). Then use Sophia for the higher levels of learning: Application, Knowledge, Synthesis.

Source: - From the "Diigo for Instructors" group listings.

An Example of StudyBlue Flashcards

Here is an example of a StudyBlue Flashcard deck using the information from this learning packet.


Screen shot of a StudyBlue Flashcard session

Source: StudyBlue -