Workshops/Using Adobe Acrobat to Develop Online Course Material

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Session Information

  • Level - Introductory, no previous experience with Acrobat required
  • Audience - Instructors interested in using Acrobat to construct course-related PDF files for online delivery
  • Time - 50 minutes

Before the Session

This session is hands-on, so please bring your laptop if possible. If you cannot bring a laptop, one will be provided for you.

General Description

Most instructors are familiar with Portable Document Format (PDF) files as highly accessible and secure documents that are read using Adobe's ubiquitous and free Reader application. Adobe Reader is installed on most of the world's personal computers and mobile computing devices. Recent versions of Microsoft Office have made it easy to save Office documents as PDF files. Adobe Acrobat is a more full-featured tool for creating, editing, and publishing PDF files. The recent version of Acrobat includes some very interesting features for creating multimedia course materials that can be delivered through a wide variety of devices. This session will introduce you to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat. Review how to convert existing Word files to PDF, add new pages from scanned content, add multimedia elements, add comments and annotations, and more. Explore the portfolio feature to pull together multiple PDF files into an organized ebook. Practice publishing your enhanced PDF files to your Course1 directory, to D2L, and to iTunes U.

Learning Outcomes

Following this session, you will be able to...

  • Describe when and why a PDF file versus a Word file might be preferred for online course content
  • Convert an existing Word file into a PDF file and open it in Acrobat
  • Add pages to a PDF file from a scanner
  • Convert a Web page into a PDF file
  • Add an image, video, and audio file
  • Adding text markup
  • Add bookmarks
  • Assemble pages into a PDF Portfolio
  • Upload enhanced PDF to Course1, D2L, and iTunes U

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