Helping Students Keep up With Technology in the Online Classroom - Guest Blog Post

We value our customers and appreciate the knowledge they provide and feedback they share, so we decided to ask for their stories to share in our new blog series "Voice of the Educator."

Guest blog post by Heather Austin, Visiting Professor at Eagle Gate College.

The ever-changing world of technology can be incredibly intimidating and overwhelming. With new technologies popping up daily, trying to stay up-to-date with the latest trends can be a major challenge. Before utilizing Atomic Learning in my online courses, many of my students were having difficulties grasping new technologies. Mastering software programs was a daunting task that made the learning process frustrating and dissatisfying. 

Atomic Learning has been an amazing asset to both my students and me. Since integrating this tool in my classroom, my students are more confident than ever using technology.  They are now able to self-assuredly work in multiple software platforms. By the end of the course, my students more clearly understand the course objectives and can effectively apply what they’ve learned in a real world scenario. The Atomic Learning tool has worked hand-in-hand with the course material to facilitate easier learning. I look forward to continuing to share this resource with my students.

Supporting Instructional Technology - Guest Blog Post

We value our customers and appreciate the knowledge they provide and feedback they share, so we decided to ask for their stories to share in our new blog series "Voice of the Educator."

Guest blog post by Ahmed Lachheb, Instructional Technology Support Specialist at the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technologies at Fort Hays State University.

In my role as an Instructional Technology Support Specialist at Fort Hays State University (FHSU), I'm faced with questions, requests for help, and technology training on a daily basis. This becomes a bit challenging when I have about 400 instructors to support and a long list of instructional technologies available--from our Blackboard Learning Management System (with all its bells and whistles) to basic computer operations about Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Excel. Indeed, it's very rewarding for me to help my academic community dealing with the variety of tools we have at Fort Hays. The best is when a faculty member walks out of my office happy and with (almost) no fear or anxiety about how s/he going to deal with an instructional technology tool we have. Of course providing handouts and how-to-tutorials in different formats (PDF with screenshots, videos, step-by-step instructions) is always needed because let's face it: I'm only reachable during business hours and I cannot help all 400 instructors at once.