Atomic-Cache: Clue 6

If you're a fan of geocaching, you know how fun it is to get the clues and location, find the cache, and retrieve a small treasure.
 
For the month of April, Atomic Learning customers are invited to Atomic-Cache on our site while you learn!

Here's how it works.

Today's clue:

Find me in lead, guide, or hook and we’re not talking about leading you to a big fish, but rather start by asking good questions.

After you locate the hidden logo, go to http://al.atomiclearning.com/atomiccache and enter for your chance to win some fantastic prizes!

Good luck and have fun Atomic-Caching!

6 Tips to Being a Better Listener

Are you a good listener? Few of us are because of all the interruptions, distractions, and overall noise that we are inundated with on a daily basis.

The good news is that we can become better listeners. According to a recent article on 6 Daily Practices That Will Make You a Better Listener by best-selling author Kevin Daum, the key is practice.

Here's his insights:

1. Focus on one conversation at a time.
Nowadays, with everyone multitasking, there are often multiple discussions going on at the same time. Make a point of focusing on each conversation. Be willing to politely stop conversations going on around you so you can turn your energy to the people in front of you.

2. Take 10 minutes to shut off all the noise.
Ambient noise can get in the way of your listening. For at least one conversation a day, turn off your phone and other distractions. Take the conversation into a private room, or at least away from busy activity.

3. Practice turning off your inner voice.
Most often, when you're listening to someone, your own brain is talking to you. You may be thinking about something else, be constructing a response, or be preparing to refute and argue a point. Practice focusing and listening non-judgmentally; find your inner quiet and really try to hear the information being conveyed.

4. Reiterate for absorption.
When someone is sending lots of information your way, you may get overwhelmed. You can break it down into manageable chunks by summarizing what you've heard and saying it back. Reiterating not only helps the other person know that you are listening, it also helps you digest what they are saying.

5. Ask questions.
One way to stay engaged through a conversation is to play a game of pondering. As you converse, form short, clarifying questions in your mind. You may or may not verbalize all the questions, but either way you can contextualize the information. This practice will keep you focused and help others recognize your genuine interest and participation.

6. Take notes for retention.
You may hear what people are saying but have difficulty remembering the key points later on. Try taking notes in each conversation. You may never look at the notes again, but the act of writing them will help you encode the information into your memory.

Interested in learning more about becoming a better listener? Check out Atomic Learning's online training courses on Effective Listening and Increasing Your Listening Power, both of which are a part of our Career Skills training included in most campus-wide subscriptions.

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Atomic-Cache: Clue 5

Congratulations to our week 2 winner, Barbara Psalmond at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA!

If you're a fan of geocaching, you know how fun it is to get the clues and location, find the cache, and retrieve a small treasure.
 
For the month of April, Atomic Learning customers are invited to Atomic-Cache on our site while you learn!

Here's how it works.

Today's clue:

Find me in the series where you'll learn effective presentation design and why you're the presentation and not your presentation slides.

After you locate the hidden logo, go to http://al.atomiclearning.com/atomiccache and enter for your chance to win some fantastic prizes!

Good luck and have fun Atomic-Caching!

Top 5 Courses for Incoming Freshmen

College- and career-readiness is tossed around a lot in the education industry. Beyond imparting students with the knowledge they need to graduate, there are a couple things that can help smooth their way. We’ve compiled a short list of topics that are sure to help students be prepared for whatever comes their way. 

Successful Time Management Training
Completing a FAFSA Training
Landing the Job: Interview Techniques
Goal Setting
Navigating Relational Conflict
 
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Infographic: The Reality of College Plagiarism

Do your students truly understand what plagiarism is? The digital nature of today's world makes it easy to use someone's ideas without citation. Some students don't even know that what they are doing is wrong. How can you help students understand the need to properly site their sources without taking away from valuable instruction time? 

Check out the infographic below to learn what types of plagiarism are commonly committed by students, and how you can avoid it.

Want more information? View Atomic Learning's video workshop on Avoiding Plagiarism, which outlines what plagiarism is, when citation is needed, online tools that will help generate citations, and more. For in-depth training on citation styles, Atomic Learning has MLA, APA, and Chicago citation courses. 

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Webinar - Tech That Helps Build Better Teachers

Have Canvas as a Learning Management System? Or plan to move to it in the future? There is still time to catch our webinar on how you can use Canvas to integrate technology into your classroom.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET

Join us for a free webinar as we demonstrate how integrating with Canvas can help build better teachers at your college or university. Join Atomic Learning and SmartEvals.com as they share how they work within Canvas.

Register Now.

Not sure if you can make it? Register anyway, to receive a link to the webinar recording!

Atomic-Cache: Clue 4

If you're a fan of geocaching, you know how fun it is to get the clues and location, find the cache, and retrieve a small treasure.
 
For the month of April, Atomic Learning customers are invited to Atomic-Cache on our site while you learn!

Here's how it works.

Today's clue:

Help me find a place where I can search all scholarly literature in one place. I need to find works citations, and publications.

After you locate the hidden logo, go to http://al.atomiclearning.com/atomiccache and enter for your chance to win some fantastic prizes!

Good luck and have fun Atomic-Caching!

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