Wednesday, April 16, 2014

IT partners with Atomic Learning

Students now have the opportunity to watch free tutorials online to help them learn new computer programs

This semester, Liberty University’s Information Technology (IT) department is providing a brand new opportunity for students and staff members to learn how to use computer programs and social media websites.

The department, along with the Center for Curriculum Development and the Center for Teaching Excellence, is partnering with Atomic Learning Incorporated to provide Liberty students with access to online tutorials.

These tutorials teach students how to use computer programs such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Adobe Photoshop. Atomic Learning also includes tutorials on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

According to the IT Web page, Atomic Learning has more than 50,000 videos that cover more than 200 software programs. These videos can be accessed anytime by faculty, students and staff members. New content is continually being added as the software develops.

“It’s been a year-long process, and we just signed the contract last month,” Carolyn Wagner, a Liberty IT marketing specialist, said.

According to Wagner, this contract marks another step in Liberty’s goal to train champions for Christ by providing a world-class education.

Atomic Learning is easily accessible to students in three ways: they can log on to the Atomic Learning Web page, access it through the IT Web page and use it through Blackboard.

According to the website, Atomic Learning was founded in 2000 and has won more than 13 technology awards while training 16 million individuals in 45 countries around the world.

Wagner said that Atomic Learning is a great way to learn programs. The workshops are step-by-step and easy to understand.

Professors can now assign videos that the students can watch as homework to develop their skills with the computer programs they are learning in their classes.

According to Wagner, the programs have been designed to cater to a range of learners from beginner to advanced and allow users to work at their own pace.

“I use it for the Adobe suite,” Wagner said. “I graduated as a graphic design major. When I graduated, I used CS3. Now there’s CS6. The videos will teach me the new tools and how to use the programs. So I don’t have to go back to school to take classes to learn the program; I can just use this free website.”

At a campus-wide level, the IT department and Atomic Learning are providing opportunities to anyone who wants to get a certification in a particular software, learn the basics of computer programs and enhance ones knowledge of rapidly-changing technology.

For more information about this service, visit liberty.edu/informationtechnology/it-services.

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