Heading to UBTech? Free Learning Workshop & Breakfast

If you are heading to UBTech in a few short weeks, don't miss this limited-time opportunity to join a free, pre-conference workshop on active learning strategies.

Lead by Liz Van Kleeck, an avid lifelong learner and former Education Technologist at Loyola University Chicago, this special event will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to learn and discuss strategies to help boost teaching presence, promote cooperative learning, support leaner-centered instruction, and foster creativity.

Interested in attending? Learn more about this complimentary workshop, including details on how to register - space is limited!

Looking for Summer PD? Check out #ALsummersession

You're invited to join a special email series that highlights both professional and personal development—and did we mention there are prizes involved?

Focusing on self-improvement, Atomic Learning's Summer Session provides weekly tips to break down critical topics, such as increasing student engagement and shifting instructional practices, into an easy-to-digest format.

And, to encourage learning and reflection, each time you share a takeaway you’ll be entered for a chance to win $300 in prizes!

Ready to get started? Simply visit www2.atomiclearning.com/summer-2016 for details.

Once you've signed up, be sure to share this opportunity with friends and colleagues using this printable flyer, or sharing on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

For more ideas on promoting this free opportunity and better utilizing your institution's Atomic Learning subscription this summer, contact our dedicated team of Account Managers and Integration Specialists at 866.259.6890 or cs@AtomicLearning.com.

Preparing for #ExamWeek: Resources for Students & Instructors

With summer just around the corner, finals are quickly approaching. Whether your preparing to face off with a big exam, research paper, or group presentation, Atomic Learning is here to help with great insights for students and faculty alike.

Prepping for THE test

Writing THAT paper

Giving THAT project/presentation

And, for those with a full course load, be sure to check this handy course on Successful Time Management.

Try not to stress too much...You've got this!

(Don't have access to Atomic Learning? Request more information on accessing these resources and many others at www.AtomicLearning.com/highed/request-information)

Break the Pattern: The Impact on Retention and Student Success

At Atomic Learning, we work with campuses across the country and around the globe on a daily basis, and, even though the populations of these institutions are very unique and the initiatives and programs vary, we often hear many of the same challenges. More specifically, many have concerns centered around impacting retention and student success in a negative way. 

Nationally, there are some sobering realities:

  • Less than half of high school students feel prepared for college1.
  • 30% of college students will drop out after or during their first year2, with the financial impact of that year a $20,000-45,000 expense to that student or family3.
  • The economic impact of attrition is a very real issue for universities—annually, the lost revenue totals an average of $9.89M4.
  • 41% of college students will not graduate within six years5, and excess credits are costing more than $19 billion annually6.
  • Finally, for those college students who do successfully graduate, the road ahead may still be bumpy—22% of graduates will be unemployed or underemployed7.

These are realities that none of us want to accept. 

What Employers Expect: Soft Skills - Guest Blog Post

By Jenny Castle, Senior Director of Human Resources for Atomic Learning & Versifit Technologies

In the words of best-selling author Peggy Klaus, “Soft skills get little respect, but will make or break your career.”

Technical skills are those you need to do your job, but soft skills are imperative for you to be successful in your job and in your career.  As a Director Human Resources, I know what employers are looking for—candidates with developed skill sets that are valuable no matter what industry or job you are applying for.  Soft skills, often called career skills, include skills such as working well with others, solving problems, critical thinking, decision making, attitude, professionalism and communication skills. 
These are skills that translate into real money for businesses. 
Imagine that you receive bad service at a business.  Will you return?  Will you tell others about it?  Now imagine that you are that business owner.  How does that employee impact your business?  How do you feel about them?  Now imagine that you are the employee that provided the service.  Do you think you’ll get that next promotion?  Will you still have a job?
In the Human Resources field, it’s commonly said that recruiters only spend an average of about 60 seconds reviewing an application.  Whether you are helping develop the young professionals of tomorrow or job hunting yourself—how do you ensure that a résumé stands out and makes it into the “yes” pile?

Personal Safety Tip: Location, Location, Location

If you are ever faced with a potentially dangerous situation and need to make a 911 call, do you know where you are? Not just your general location, but details such as the street you are on and the building or house number?

Unlike with traditional home phones, a mobile phone may not allow a 911 operator to determine your exact location. Always make a conscious effort to be aware of your surroundings and know your location—you never know when you may need it.

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Pop Quiz: How Well Do You Know Atomic Learning?

If you are only using Atomic Learning for how-to technology training, you're missing out. While this used to be the core of our product, this content is now the bonus on top of a larger range of highly relevant topics in education.

Watch this brief video to discover what’s new at Atomic Learning—and feel free to reach out if you are interested in learning more about these resources for your campus.

To help move learners beyond just knowing how-to use technology, check out a few of the available resources on the highlighted topics below:

Interested in learning more? Contact Atomic Learning at www.AtomicLearning.com/highed/request-information!

Bottling the Energy from Conferences & Tradeshows

With education convention season ramping up across the country, we've been hearing a lot of excitement and discussion around growing trends, concerns, and areas of focus in the education industry.

For many, conferences are inarguably a great place to gather ideas and learn best practices...But what happens after the conference? How do you keep the momentum going?

Student Safety: Spring Break (and Beyond)

It’s that time of year again. For many college students and other young adults, Spring Break is a popular time to get away from it all with some carefree fun in the sun. Yet, for some, such a getaway can result in lasting consequences.

As students depart from campus, here are a few helpful tips for Spring Break and beyond:

While many hotels today have a variety of security measures, people can be lulled into feeling a potentially false sense of security. ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings.

TIPS (via Fight Back on Spring Break)

  • When you check in at the front desk, use discretion in saying your room number out loud for anyone in the lobby to hear. No one outside of your group of friends needs to know your exact location.
  • When you get to your room, check that all of the window and door locks are secure.
  • Close your door tightly when entering or leaving your room. Some doors have a slow release and could remain open after you leave.

According to the National Institute of Health’s College Drinking webpage, over 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 have been the victims of date rape or alcohol-related sexual assault. The NIH’s page also includes staggering statistics on assault, injury, academic problems, and more.

Safety Tip: The Best Personal Safety Tool

Safety is becoming an increasingly critical topic at schools, colleges, and universities across the country. This quick tip from Personal Safety Expert, Anne Yatch, focuses on which tool to use if you don't know how to physically defend yourself.

Intrigued? Learn additional insights and empower individuals with the skills needed to take ownership of their own safety—not only in college, but beyond—with a specialized online safety awareness program focused on ensuring learners know how to trust their instincts, increase their observation skills, and develop an action plan for when faced with potential threats.

Interested in preparing your faculty, staff, and students with these Real World Safety skills? Learn more.

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