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More than 60,000 computer training videos will be available to students, faculty and staff this January through the College-wide implementation of Atomic Learning, a software platform that provides web-based technology training and support. The software will be integrated into Blackboard, the College’s learning management system, and will include tutorials on thousands of applications, including Microsoft Office, IBM SPSS Statistics, Adobe Creative Suite, and more. Atomic Learning will also contain a suite of assistive technology for users with disabilities, including Dragon NaturallySpeaking, a recognition software that translates speech into text, and Read & Write Gold, a program that recites electronic text to those with reading and writing disabilities. Supported by the Office of Academic Affairs, the implementation of this training software was initiated by Director of Instructional Technology Robin Takacs. It will be available at the start of the spring 2013 semester following a faculty workshop on Jan. 24. In addition to Blackboard, users will be able to access the software through the College’s Computer Services web page. While faculty and staff will have access to Atomic Learning for development and training purposes, the software is primarily for students. “Because it integrates so well with Blackboard, Atomic Learning affords faculty the opportunity to assign videos as part of course work,” said Takacs. “This will make a huge difference since students of today are so visual.”