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Adobe Acrobat Pro 9.0 - Commenting

Introduction

Adobe Acrobat Pro 9.0 is software that allows you to convert numerous types of documents into the universal PDF format. As PDF files, information can be easily shared while maintaining the display and format of the original document. Adobe Acrobat allows the reader to edit, annotate and embed the text with written and spoken notes, reminder cues, and directions.

 

Please click below for an audio of the introduction to Adobe Acrobat Pro 9.0.

 

Instructions on How to Use Adobe Acrobat Pro 9.0

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to Adobe Acrobat Pro 9.0 (Windows Version).

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to Adobe Acrobat Pro 9.0 (Mac Version).

Please click below for video demonstrations of how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro 9.0.

Mac Version:

Demo: Adobe Acrobat Mac Audio Comments

Demo: Adobe Acrobat Mac Attach Recording

Demo: Adobe Acrobat Mac Text Comments

 

Windows Version:

Demo: Adobe Acrobat Attach Recording

Demo: Adobe Acrobat Text Comment

Technical Requirements and Where to Access Adobe Acrobat 9.0

Mac Requirements:

  1. PowerPC G3, G4, G5 or Intel processors
  2. Mac OS X 10.4.3
  3. 256 MB RAM
  4. 1060 MB available hard drive
  5. 1024x768 screen resolution

Windows Requirements:

  1. Intel Pentium III processor or equivalent
  2. Windows 2000 SP 4, Server 2003 SP 1; XP Pro SP 2; Vista
  3. IE 6 or 7
  4. 256 MB RAM
  5. 860 MB available hard drive
  6. 1024x768 screen resolution

Go to http://tryit.adobe.com/us/acrobat9/purchase/?sdid=EGBQI to download a free trial of Adobe Acrobat 9.0.

 

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Reviews

Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents.  Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available.

 

e-Tool Review Results

Faculty e-Tool Review Results
Number of faculty reviewers: 5

 

1. The e-tool was easy to incorporate into my course.

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2. I used the e-tool to address the following: (Select all that apply).

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3. Do you think the e-tool exemplified the construct of UDI within your course?
(UDI is defined as an approach to teaching that consists of the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners including students with disabilities.)

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4. Please comment on the benefits of using the e-tool in your course.

  • The narration and highlighting allowed me to focus students on important parts of peer reviewed research articles.
  • It really helped students understand the "parts" of a research article.
  • Preserved course materials in an agnostic format.
  • Effective way to give feedback to students.
  • The e-tools helps students navigate easily and at their own pace.

5. Please comment on any drawbacks of using the e-tool in your course.

  • No text to speech feature.
  • It is a bit cumbersome to have to save the file and then upload it to the course management system.
  • Not sure if students always look at the comments. Would be nice if there were less 'steps'.

6. I will use the e-tool in another course.

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7. In the future, I will use the e-tool to address the following: (Select all that apply)

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Student e-Tool Review Results

Number of students who took the survey: 10

Number of students with learning disabilities who took the survey: 2

1. The tool was easy to use.

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2. The tool assisted me with the following: (Select all that apply)

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