Writing Effective Learning Outcomes

In education today, we may find chapter outcomes in our text books and course outcomes in our syllabus, but do we think about what our true goals are for our students each and every class? Atomic Learning's new online course outlines why we need solid, measurable, and scaffolded outcomes at every level of our teaching. We break down the parts of a well written outcome.

5 Learning Series for Higher Education You Didn't Know Atomic Learning Has

Atomic Learning is constantly adding new learning modules addressing common challenges found in higher education today.  Here are 5 new series you may not have looked at yet:

  1. Creating Engaging Lessons Online
    Many constraints are being put onto traditional classes in terms of time and material to be covered. As a result, many teachers have started using online materials and activities to effectively teach the material. However, creating online lessons is very different from creating lessons for the classroom. This online course takes you through the information you need to know to successfully create engaging online lessons. Whether you are supplementing your face-to-face class with flipped lessons or you are taking your course fully online, the information in this course will help you get started. 
  2. Assessment of Learning - How do you know they know?
    Concerns related to gainful employment, student loan debt, student retention, and graduation rates have trickled down to the program and classroom level to directly impact the ways in which student learning is documented and assessed. In this era of heightened scrutiny and increases in accountability measures, what do college and university faculty need to know about assessment, its purposes, and practices?  The course author has a PhD in High Ed and regularly teaches and consults on this subject. 
  3. Think-Pair-Share
    Learn the Think-Pair-Share cooperative learning strategy and consider some of the benefits of using technology for Think-Pair-Share learning activities. We’ll consider four different free applications and services you might use for Think-Pair-Share to help you evaluate which one would work best for your class. Using Google™ Docs as an example, we’ll discuss creating accounts, setting up the Think-Pair-Share question and sharing it with the class. Then we’ll go through each step in the learning activity, as students reflect on the question and create notes, debate with their partners, and then share their answers with the whole class. Finally, we’ll review some tips for using applications introduced in the demo. 
  4. Creating an Infographic
    In this online course, you'll learn how Infographics are an increasingly popular way to engage readers while avoiding the overuse of text.  Whether you are a student, professor, casual blogger, or business professional, you can create compelling images that will wow your audience using free online tools.  
  5. SketchUp for 3D Printing
    Learn how to use SketchUp® to model several projects that can be sent to a 3D printer. The five projects, which increase in complexity, are a customized phone case that starts with a downloaded model, a small house with a matching roof, a sports logo keychain, a stand-up animal toy with two interacting parts and, finally, a bunk bed that can stack with identical beds and works with Lego® blocks. You'll also learn best practices while modeling, how to check for watertightness, and how to print a whole or partial model. After the completion of each project, an additional video will show some suggestions for similar projects you can try, which build upon the skills you just learned.  The creator of this course is an author and an expert on SketchUp, 3D Printing, and Makerspaces.

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Help Students Be Mindful of Security and Safety Concerns

In a time when our society is becoming more and more aware of the importance of violence prevention and safety, Atomic Learning has partnered with Mindset Matters to offer resources to help students develop the key skills they will need to be mindful of security and safety concerns that the world around us presents them.

How Emotional Readiness Affects Incoming Freshmen

A recent article from The Chronicle of Higher Education provided several insights on the challenges that many students face during their freshman year of college. Although each students experience can be very different, there are factors that seem to overlap, including emotional readiness.

"Several factors can contribute to "emotional readiness," including students’ ability to adapt to new environments, handle negative emotions in constructive ways, and forge healthy relationships. The survey found that the more prepared a student is for the emotional challenges of college — and for the anxieties that might come with it, such as covering expenses, making friends, and dealing with increased independence — the better and more successful that student’s college experience is."

According to the article, these factors can be the difference between a student feeling confident and excelling is their classes or a student falling behind and dropping out entirely.

Help reach students in their moment of need, with online learning resources focused on:

Interested in accessing these resources on your campus? Let's talk!

Student Success: The Importance of the First Year [Infographic]

Each students level of success during college is dependent upon a vast array of factors, and for many freshman, the first year proves to be too much.

According to UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, who published the infographic below, about 25% of freshmen students do not return for their sophomore year. A recent U.S. News article pushed that number even further, stating, "As many as 1 in 3 first-year students won't make it back for sophomore year."

To help colleges and universities more fully support their students—freshman in particular—Atomic Learning will soon be publishing a multitude of new online courses focused on helping prepare students with the skills needed for a successful college experience.

Sample topics include:

  • working with a group
  • choosing a major
  • being a more effective writer
  • succeeding in an online class
  • becoming a better test taker
  • and many more!

Meet Our eLearning Developers: Cindy Rybaczyk

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

Cindy been working for Galloway Township Public Schools since 1994, most recently teaching gifted & talented classes (GEM in grades 4-6 and PEP in grades K-3). Her responsibilities include developing units of study, writing curriculum, planning objectives, and instructing students.

[Webinar]: Improve Student Outcomes Using Online Video Tutorials

Faculty at Ferris State University continue to look for ways to help students be successful in an era of insufficient time and information overload. Join this webinar to hear from Jackie Hughes, Instructional Technology Coordinator, as she shares how they have found several ways to leverage Atomic Learning video tutorials to help students succeed and to help faculty maintain balance. In this session, participants will learn how faculty at Ferris State University are helping to reinforce learning, promote independent learning and to encourage continuous learning. 

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