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ECAR Report Finds Faculty & Students Need LMS Training

According to a recent ECAR report, the learning management system (LMS) remains an invaluable tool for many colleges and universities—but many advanced features are underutilized.

Highlighted findings:

  • Over 70% faculty members indicated that their LMS is a very useful tool for both enhancing their teaching and student learning
  • The stats for faculty and student use  was nearly identical, 85% of faculty compared to 83% of students
  • 56% of students utilize LMS tools in most or all of their courses
  • 3 out of 5 faculty report that the campus' system was critical to their teaching, but many only use basic features to push information and handouts to students

Diving deeper into usage and satisfaction, the study uncovered that that lack of awareness and training could be an issue in effective utilization of available tools. In fact, over half of faculty (57%) and students (51%) agree that better understanding LMS technology would make them more effective.

Additionally, one anonymous faculty member was quoted saying institutions need to "Better educate students and faculty on the [LMS] program. It is such a great tool, but half the faculty don’t even use it. We, as faculty, need to use this program university-wide so that students are familiar on day one with the program. Also they need support—aside from the help line, they need it to be a part of freshman orientation.”

Top 5 Resources for Providing a Digitally Accessible Campus

http://blogs.atomiclearning.com/sites/blogs.atomiclearning.com/files/Top5-image2.pngTo provide open access for all learners, digitally accessible materials are a must. That is why our site is in compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and why we provide training on maximizing accessibility on campus. The most popular resources for promoting accessibility are:

You can learn more about this staff development and all of our assistive technology training at our website. If you want to learn more, request more information

UMASS Boston Provides LMS training to Both Faculty and Students

Is your campus moving to a new Learning Management System (LMS) or striving to ensure effective online instruction?  Watch this brief video to learn more about how UMASS Boston is providing LMS training to both faculty and students as well as providing resources to support effective online instruction.

Meet Our eLearning Developers: Owen Peery

Continuing the series introducing you to our eLearning Contributor team, we'd like you to meet Owen Peery.

Owen has a BA degree in Education from the University of CA Berkeley, as well as a MA in Education from Holy Names University, and M1 from the Université de Toulouse 1 in Information Systems.

Owen's professional experience includes working at Edmodo as a Teacher Advocate, 8 years teaching in K12 public schools in the US, 2 years teaching English in France, 6 years as an independent eLearning Content Developer for a variety of institutions in multiple languages, and before teaching he worked as a Health Educator in a corporate fitness facility for 3 years.

Owen worked as a technology teacher leader at Hill Freedman Middle School in a School District of Philadelphia  when the district won a National Blue Ribbon award in 2007.

His special interests include writing, 2d animation, music, traveling, languages - speaking French and Spanish fluently, art and design, and reading.

To see some of Owen's training, check out Atomic Learning's Audacity 2.0.3 Training, The Social & Interactive Web: Today's Web 2.0, Evernote Training, Edmodo Training, and Moving Schools and Organizations to the Cloud, among others.

New Look When Viewing Training

We've recently updated all Atomic Learning training pages to what we call  "player in a page". The enhancement is exactly what it sounds like: each video now plays in the page (under the selected tutorial title), instead of opening a pop-up window.

This change not only allows you to see the full training series with a simple scroll, but to quickly see training progress. The new functionality is also more compatible for our mobile users.

Haven't seen the new look? Log in and start learning!


What is a Hashtag?

Sometimes students seem to speak a language all their own. One example is use hashtags, a tagging system identified by use of the # symbol that was made popular by Twitter and has now migrated to other social media platforms, as well as into other written and verbal communications.

In fact hashtags have become so popular, that The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon has a weekly segment dedicated to them and corporations have taken note and utilize hashtags in advertising campaigns (my personal favorite can be found here).

If you aren't familiar with the lingo, and want a quick overview, simply check out the video below:


Webinar - Starting Online Students on the Road to Success...Destination Course Zero!

The flexibility of online learning appeals to students across the spectrum with different abilities: digital natives, non-traditional students, and international students. How can faculty and instructors ensure all students are on a level playing field with such a large array of students?

To solve this problem, Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) created and implemented an orientation course called Course Zero. This course helps students understand the following and more:

  • How to get their computer ready
  • How to access student resources
  • How to use the course management system

Join staff members of Wentworth Institute of Technology as they share how they implemented Course Zero Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM ET.

Register today.

Survey Shows Training and Support Remain Top Issues Among IT Officials

Inside Higher Ed  recently published an article regarding recent survey results from the Campus Computing Project that show training and support for faculty, staff, and students are still a top issue for IT officials.

The article states, “The top four priorities of the 2014 survey, chosen by about three-quarters of the chief information officers and other IT officials who responded to the survey, all relate to services such as helping faculty and students use technology in and outside the classroom and hiring capable IT staffers. Those priorities are consistent among all sectors of higher education, from community colleges to private research universities.”

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