Friday, December 14, 2012

Tutorials Galore: Atomic Learning at USF

Did you know that you (and your students) have access to more than 44,000 video tutorials and workshops on topics ranging from “APA (6th Ed.) Research Paper Basics” and “Avoiding Plagiarism” to learning how to use programs such as Camtasia, Respondus, ATLS.ti and SPSS? This plethora of learning resources is available by visiting, clicking on the “Log in to Atomic Learning” link (about midway down the page), and logging in with your MyUSF credentials.

In addition to familiarizing yourself with a new technology, or leaning more about a program you already use, you can also direct students here if they need additional support in your course. For example, you may want to encourage students to try their hand at creating their final class projects using Prezi, as opposed to PowerPoint, but don’t have time in class to guide them through the basics. You can either email the class a link to that specific tutorial, or copy or paste the HTML code directly into a Blackboard or Canvas announcement.  

A particularly useful feature of the Atomic Learning library is the ability to identify which particular platform you are using, or on which platform you would like to learn. There are several dropdown menus that allow you to search for tutorials by application, version and platform (i.e., iPad, iPod/iPhone, MAC, PC, or Projector). You may also search for tutorials by type (i.e., assistive technology, operating system, presentation, social media, web design, etc.). 

There are also a variety of projects included in the Atomic Learning library that allow students to engage in hands-on learning related to many of the topics featured in the video tutorials. Most of the example projects can be easily modified in order to create an output that is relevant to any subject under study. You can download the project files, which include an assessment rubric, and information about adapting and extending the example project, and offer students extra credit for taking advantage of this resource to produce an actual work product related to your course content.

The eTeaching & Technology Group collaborated with Learning Services in the USF Tampa Campus Library and secured funding from the Technology Fee committee and now this tremendous library of resources is available to USF students, faculty, and staff.

--Nicole M. West

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