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I used the Atomic Learning videos in the K-12 world here in Iowa; in fact, I
was a member of the state-wide committee that crafted a contract to lower
the price per license for the entire state.

The lessons are very, very good. They've been used in middle school, in high
school even more, and for staff development. The content and design of the
videos are such that they would be eminently usable throughout
post-secondary.


David Ure
Title III Activity Coordinator/Learning Specialist
The Open Door Project
Southeastern Community College
319-208-5291



On 10/14/10 8:56 AM, "Maher, Patricia" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Great discussion here.  I concur on the level of our student tech skills. When
> we developed our Learning Commons Online we included a service that is
> designed to help students enhance their ability to use a variety of software
> tools:   Atomic Learning.  We tested 2 different services and this one was far
> more "student friendly" because Atomic Learning has broken the tutorials up in
> small searchable segments. So for our "just in time, just what I need"
> students it seems to work very well.
> 
> Our Learning Commons Online is at:  www.usf.edu/learningcommons   but  Atomic
> Learning is only available to USF staff and students.
> 
> You can learn more about them at:  http://www.atomiclearning.com/
> 
> 
> 
> Pat
>  
> Patricia A. Maher, Ph. D.
> Director, Tutoring and Learning Services
> University of South Florida
> 4202 E. Fowler Ave.
> Tampa, FL  33620
> LIB 206
> (813)974-5141
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Brenda Tuberville
> Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2010 9:00 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Studies / reports on current student computer self-expertise?
> 
> What we've found (here at my university in eastern Oklahoma) is that students
> are not as computer savvy as we first believed.  They can text anything
> anywhere, but they cannot navigate the internet sites that they need to
> successfully complete their course work - and this includes some online
> students!  Every semester, I spend almost two whole class periods showing
> students how to format a document in Microsoft Word so that it is in MLA
> format - and every semester I come away frustrated and surprised.  We too have
> a freshman experience course (designed for and required of all students in
> developmental studies classes), and when it comes to the chapter on doing
> research on databases for academic articles, I find that they don't even know
> how many databases are available to them through our library's web page.
> 
> So when we speak of student computer self-expertise, we really need to
> redefine the issue:  do they have the computer know-how to do what will be
> required of them in college classes?
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Golson, Martin
> Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2010 7:51 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Studies / reports on current student computer self-expertise?
> 
> I would be interested in this too. I agree that many of our students can
> easily find a video on youtube, but they cannot effectively use most
> productivity software nor can they efficiently search for scholarly articles.
> Fortunately, we have a mandatory Freshman Experience course in which includes
> this in the syllabus.
> 
> 
> Martin Golson
> Instructional Specialist
> Austin Peay State University
> 
> (931) 221-6553
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Susan M Burns
> Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2010 7:44 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Studies / reports on current student computer self-expertise?
> 
> Hi all!
> 
> I was wondering if any of you had either done in-house investigations, or have
> run across any recent reports which look into the computer skill sets of
> students in post-sec?
> 
> I have run across a couple of articles from the 1990s but was wondering if any
> of you have seen anything more recent?
> 
> My experience personally is that there are glaring inaccuracies in what
> post-sec institutions assume students have for a computer use skill set
> walking in first year. There seems to be an assumption that because they have
> been "born digital", they somehow possess these amazing skills when using
> computers. What I see are actually students with very high computer skills for
> only a small number of basic skills, and very low computer skills for the
> upper level use that we seem to expect from them.
> 
> Any leads on articles and reports you may have would be greatly appreciated!
> 
> Thanks for reading...
> 
> SueB
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