Fact vs Fiction: Adobe Creative Cloud Myths

I myself am an Adobe Creative Cloud user, and have the handy benefit of working at a company that provides training, so when I came across some online postings regarding Adobe Creative Cloud vs. Creative Suite, some of them left me puzzled.

I'm apparently not the first to feel this way, as the experienced Adobe pros over at ProDesign Tools beat me to the punch with an article on The 10 Most Frequent Myths About Adobe's Creative Cloud (CC). Since not all of them will apply to colleges and universities that are looking at one, the other, or both, a few key misconceptions have been called out below.

(No matter which way you go—CC or CS—Atomic Learning has you covered with in-depth training on both! Here's some quick links to Adobe Creative Cloud training and Adobe Creative Suite 6 training.)

Without further ado, here are a few of the top Creative Cloud myths:

5 Simple Things to Make Your Week More Productive

Do you ever feel like there simply aren't enough hours in the day—let alone the week? 

The trick to making your week more productive, according to a recent article on Five Simple Things Super Productive People Do on Monday by best-selling author Kevin Daum, is to use Monday to your advantage and to see it as "an exciting beginning".

Here's his insights on what it is that productive people do differently:

1. They start with a positive attitude. 
So much time and energy is used up by a bad mood. Super productive people don't like to waste any energy and they certainly don't want the week to lag from a bad start. They focus their mind on joyful productivity from the moment their feet hit the ground in the morning. They revel in the excitement of what they can accomplish. Instead of lamenting going to work, focus on where you truly want to be and what will take you forward.

2. They dedicate time for organization.
Starting Monday firefighting will put you behind schedule for the entire week. Super productive people understand that organization doesn't happen magically on its own. Time is required to think things through and create process. Otherwise, a haphazard approach will create chaos and eat the very time you thought you might save. Block out an hour first thing Monday morning and get your ducks in a row.

3. They prioritize their objectives.
If you don't have clear objectives on Monday, you will find yourself with a short week to get things done. Super productive people assess the entire week so they can manage their resources accordingly. That gives them the ability to meter out the week and adjust as necessary. Make your lists and calendar your time. It will free your mind for the week.

4. They anticipate obstacles.
Obstacles are an inevitable part of every project and work environment. Monday is a great time to focus on the obstacles of the week. Super productive people incorporate room for unknown speed bumps into their plan, so that when the inevitable happens, they don't get tripped up.

5. They line up their allies.
People are busy and you can't assume that they will use Monday to set up their own week. Super productive people take into account the human resources required and schedule appointments right away so they don't have to chase people later in the week. A colleague asked early for help is much more likely to respond and act than someone who is jarred into action by a surprise S.O.S.

Looking for more ideas on being more productive? Check out Atomic Learning's online training on Successful Time Management and Effective Meetings, just a few of the topics from the career skills training collection.

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“Launch and Learn”: Fresno City College Gets Creative with Implementation

Looking to get the word out about your campus’ Atomic Learning subscription? Autumn Bell, Director of Distance Education at Fresno City College, and her team have come up with a great way to get Atomic Learning resources into her faculty’s hands without using up too much of their time: “Launch and Learn” emails.

Each week, Bell creates a quick email that links her faculty members to a few simple Atomic Learning videos on a particular topic, such as Using the Blackboard Gradebook, with direct links to three highly-relevant video tutorials. In Bell’s words, the approach allows faculty to, “Launch an Atomic Learning module, and quickly start learning.”

Top 5 New Courses Including GoToMeeting, Sakai 10.2 and more!

It's that time again, our eLearning team recently shared with us what they thought were some of the top courses recently added to the site. We've also included why they think this content is so cool--we hope you agree!

Take a look, login, and learn!

GoTo Meeting
This was a request via the ThinkTank and demonstrates how to setup GoTo Meeting, present at a meeting, attend, and record a meeting.  

This series is a customer request that takes you from the basic to the advanced features of FileZilla.

Microsoft Office Sway
Sway is a free online tool where you can create, publish, and share interactive online presentations. Instructors and students are using Sway to create presentations, eTextbooks, portfolios, professional learning resources, and flipped content delivery. 

Sakai 10.2  Instructor
This series takes a look at Sakai 10.2's cool new features. 

WordPress 4.1
Creating a website using WordPress 4.1. This course will take you through the process of setting up a website and adding content to it.

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Mobility on Campus on the Rise

A great article from EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education has the facts behind the growing popularity of mobility on campuses.  With most students today carrying around smartphones and tablets, they are expecting more from their campus. Students want apps to help navigate around campus and to direct them to services and functions that are offered by the campus. The stats show that colleges and universities are looking to make that change!

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