For several years, Lab has subscribed to Atomic Learning, the online learning portal for technology training videos, staff training, and technology classroom integration. In the last couple of years, AL has expanded its scope to offer a rich variety of professional development and higher-level opportunities to learn about teaching with technology, including projects, self-assessments, and other such tools.
Despite being regularly publicized over the years through Tech Talk, new teacher orientation, its visible spot on the Faculty/Staff page in LabNet, and the daily exchanges around help desk tickets, usage data reveals that Lab users accessed or downloaded content from AL just 66 times in the last 12 months.
It may be that people are not clear on how to log in, which can get tricky to communicate because we can’t post that information on a world readable web page. We’ll send out an email detailing how to log in as a reminder.
Or it may just be that the product is not a good fit for Lab, despite its strong market presence and CODIE award-winning status. Whatever the reason, it will be difficult to justify the significant cost of renewing in January when usage numbers, which have never been robust, are this low. If you have any thoughts or input on AL and its possible discontinuation, kindly send them directly to John Krug, who has admin duties for the AL product.