now available to students, faculty & staff! now available to students, faculty & staff!

We are happy to announce that, the premiere online library of instructional videos teaching the latest software tools and skills, is now available at no cost to all UR faculty, staff and students taking courses for credit (full-time and part-time). Taught by accomplished instructors and recognized industry experts, is a high-quality resource that offers 24/7 learning, thousands of courses, exercise files to use while learning, full text transcriptions, certificates of completion, and all of it is mobile-friendly.

Visit to log in. When you log in for the first time, you will be asked if you already have an account. If you do, you can choose to merge the two (and stop paying if you currently have an active individual account). Un-merging is possible when a student graduates or an employee leaves. Note that everyone gets the equivalent of a “Lynda Pro” account, which includes practice files.

If you have any questions, reach out to your CTLT liaison, e-mail the CTLT assistant director, Mike Dixon or CTLT director Kevin Creamer.  And thanks to Boatwright Memorial Library which helped fund this service for the University community!

Atomic Learning updates its look and content

Atomic Learning updates its look and content

Atomic Learning is a video-based training resource available at no cost for students, faculty and staff. It’s great for those “just-in-time” self-paced training needs when you need to learn something quick and in small bites.

If you haven’t visited Atomic Learning in a while, your next visit will look a bit different. They have been honing their interface and adding more content, especially topics outside typical software and technology. They have built a new framework for learning within their site, featuring a “LearnIt, DoIt, ShareIt, ProveIt” learning model. For more on this new way to experience Atomic Learning, view this short video which explains it all.

Visit Atomic Learning (you will be prompted to login with your NetID and password) and experience the new look and content. If you have any questions about Atomic Learning or would like to discuss how to integrate it into your course or in Blackboard, reach out to your CTLT liaison.

“Qwickly” makes course availability setting 1-click easy

QwicklyIf you’ve logged into Blackboard today, you may have noticed a new set of tools available to you right on the main “portal” page where your courses are listed. It’s called “Qwickly”. Qwickly is a set of enhancements to Blackboard that can help instructors speed up often time-consuming tasks.

First and foremost, the option of making your courses “available” has always been hard to find. Qwickly allows you to make your courses available/unavailable on the main screen right after you login. You don’t have to visit individual courses! Just click the off/on toggle next to each course to make available to your students.

Qwickly also has the ability to e-mail all your classes at once, posting announcements to all classes at once, and even taking attendance right in Blackboard (yes, finally!). We’ll feature the Qwickly Attendance feature in a future blog post. If you’d like to learn more about Qwickly, reach out your CTLT liaison (Humanities faculty can contact Mike Dixon at or 289-8066)

Farewell to Scott

Our humanities liaison, Scott Pennington, has accepted a fantastic position at the University of Maryland. While we are excited for Scott, we are sad to lose such a dedicated colleague. Scott’s last day is July 8. If you’d like to send him your thoughts or best wishes, e-mail Scott at by the 8th.

Until we fill Scott’s position, the Center’s assistant director, Mike Dixon, will be filling in as the humanities liaison. He has over 20 years in instructional design/technology as an academic consultant in higher education. He’s also taught at the university level since 1995, and has two degrees in music theory/composition as well as a second masters in instructional design & technology. He also has extensive experience and certification in distance education administration, online course design and online teaching. Mike has a passion for working/collaborating with faculty and hopes to meet with most of the faculty under the UR humanities umbrella! Reach out to Mike at or 289-8066. His office is on the 3rd floor of Boatwright library, room 322, just down the hall from the TLC.

Details on the search process, including candidate visits/presentations, will be communicated via Spiderbytes, direct e-mail to department chairs and program coordinators, and here on our website.