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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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.

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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.

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The Safety Mindset Gap

Guest blog post by Lisa Barnett (@atomic_lisa), CEO of Atomic Learning and Versifit Technologies.

I’m a parent.  As I’m sure any of you who also have children or grandchildren can relate, there is nothing in this world that matters more to me than my daughter.

So here’s something that causes a knot in my stomach. 

Almost half1 of young adults are, or will be, the victim of a violent crime – half!  Here’s another sobering stat (especially as the parent of a daughter) – every two minutes2, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. 

Final reality check – I know (because she tells me) that my daughter is surrounded by individuals who are using drugs every day.  And even if she continues to make smart choices, she is still at risk of the behaviors that people in an altered state can exhibit.

So on the flip side of this, college and high school campuses are investing heavily in emergency blue lights, security officers, electronic locks, and more.  In fact, by 2017, annual spending on school security systems is expected to reach $4.9 billion3. Clearly, our school leaders are taking this problem on full force and investing in ways to increase the safety of the school environment.

So where is the gap?

Webinar: Taking Ownership of Safety On- & Off-Campus

Getting young adults to be interested in and empowered by the concept of personal safety is a daunting responsibility.

With Title IX and Clery Act requirements and fines looming, how can we better engage students and “meet them where they are at” when it comes to taking ownership of their safety?

Join Atomic Learning and Mindset Matters for a FREE webcast on how to spark ownership and interest in personal safety so that you can better prepare your students, faculty, and staff, as well as protect your brand.

For the past eight years, retired Navy SEAL officer Larry Yatch and his wife, Anne, have trained thousands of young adults in situational awareness, sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention and risk reduction.

Anne, a Personal Safety Expert and former Intelligence Analyst, will share her timely insights on how to:

  • Provide highly-relevant safety content that resonates with teens and young adults
  • Empower your students and faculty to take ownership of their safety
  • Minimize the burden of training and time constraints
  • Support the mission of your institution by promoting the development of critical “life skills”
  • Enhance your college or university's brand and reputation

Join us for this exclusive opportunity to learn more and find out why personal safety awareness is so critical for today's campuses.

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How to Empower Students and Staff to Take Ownership of Safety On- and Off- Campus
Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 2:00 Eastern | 1:00 Central | 11:00 Pacific
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Student Success: Small Ideas can Lead to Big Improvements

Implementing a student success strategy across campus is beyond important.

The success of every college student is at the top of an institution’s goals. However, reviewing processes, implementing changes, and working to evolve faculty practices can take time. Change takes commitment and isn’t always easy.

That said, there may be small, inexpensive ideas that educators can try to put into action to help with student success, while bigger changes are being planned out.

We recently read an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education that explores how researchers are taking a more behavioral approach to improving student success, and looking at what students go through emotionally when applying and working through college… “Researching colleges, applying, filing the FAFSA, registering for classes — the whole process of getting to and through college can be seen as a series of complex decisions crying out for a nudge.”

The article discusses several ways researchers have made an impact using small and inexpensive ideas. For example, researchers Ben Castleman and Lindsay C. Page, “tested a simple, cheap solution: Send at-risk students a series of customized text-message reminders that they could reply to for extra help. The messages raised enrollment substantially…”.   

3 Essential Strategies for Student Success

Research shows that 1 out of 3 students drop out of college after their first year—making it more critical than ever that they are prepared with the skills they need to be successful, and prompting many institutions to take a hard look at their current student success strategy.

If you’re campus is among them, here are three essential strategies you can put into action today that can have a lasting impact:

Evaluate and Ramp up Your Existing Orientation Program
Orientation is all about getting off on the right foot, so make sure that incoming students have a sense of community, feel safe, and are equipped with the self-management skills they need to succeed in college and beyond.

One example would be integrating resources, such as Atomic Learning course on “Becoming a Better Test Taker”, “Preparing for a College Workload”, or “Being a Better Note Taker” into a First Year Experience (FYE) course or another freshman intro course.

Focus on Student Success: Study Techniques [Infographic]

The infographic below summarizes recent findings on study habits and techniques of college students—the results may surprise you.

Studying Tips
Infographic by Stop Procrastinating

Interested in improving your own study skills or those of your students? Atomic Learning offers an array of professional online learning resources focused on ensuring students' college and career success, including:

How Do I Become a Good Note-Taker?
Do you forget information you hear? Master the art of note-taking with this informative online course. Learn why it's important, what approach may fit your learning style best, and why and when you should revisit your notes.

How Do I Become a Better Test Taker?
Preparing for and taking tests can fill some people with anxiety. In this course, you will learn strategies that can help you overcome that stress and be more successful when taking tests.

How Do I Manage My Time?
With all of the classes, homework, work, and activities that happen in college, managing your time wisely can be difficult. In this invaluable course, you'll learn methods and tips for managing your time.

Where Do I Go for Academic Support?
College can be overwhelming! This course will help you find the resources, on campus and online, to achieve academic success, as well as help you determine which may be right for you and your situation.

Interested in learning more about these online resources and others to ensure students are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in college and beyond? Visit or contact us today.