As it turns out, my Action Research has evolved into an overhaul of our technology training and support program. I have used and loved Lynda.com training videos for a long time prior to becoming a Fullsail University student. In fact, we’ve paid for a small number of concurrent Lynda licenses for our students and staff to use. I’ve always been at odds with marketing the licenses too much, though, for fear of not being able to meet demand. Unfortunately for us, a Lynda site license is just too expensive.
A few weeks ago, conversation on one of my list-servs turned to this very topic: “What do you think about a Lynda.com site license?” In the course of the online conversation, a few colleagues mentioned Atomic Learning, describing that it was well-accepted on campus and affordable. I did a little Internet research and discovered that they are indeed affordable. Affordable as in I can license my entire campus for about the same cost as what we were paying for those few Lynda.com concurrent licenses. Now that’s affordable!
We are demoing the service now with expectations of rolling it out in the Fall. On first pass, Atomic’s interface and overall professional polish are not up to par with Lynda, but I find that a minor sticking point if I can spend the same money next year and reach 1950 more learners. Atomic’s library isn’t as extensive as Lynda’s either, but they have tutorials for all the major programs we use. One way Atomic excels over Lynda is in its collections of training materials. I am especially interested in its digital storytelling resources. That’s a project that’s been near and dear to my heart, but I just haven’t had the time to do anything with it. Stay tuned for more details.