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Adobe Flash

Introduction

Adobe Flash is software in the Adobe Creative Suite 5 that allows you to animate features within a document and create interactive content. Using Adobe Flash, you will be able to create rich and informative animations that can express greater clarity and more information than static images. You can animations to supplement notes posted to the class on web site or Blackboard, and augment online discussion postings and PowerPoint presentations.

The benefits of multimedia instructional materials for students with diverse abilities and needs are significant, and Adobe Flash can help you create enhanced learning opportunities for all students.

 

Instructions on How to Use Adobe Flash

Please click here to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to Adobe Flash.

 

For additional information on guidelines for quality and accessibility, please visit the following resources:

Video Accessibility Guidelines:

http://www.usa.gov/webcontent/accessibility/508compliant-and-accessible-multimedia.shtml
http://webaccess.tamu.edu/education/tutorials/video.html

Technical Requirements and Where to Access Adobe Flash
  • Windows Requirements:
    • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
    • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended); Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1; or Windows 7
    • 1GB of RAM
    • 3.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage devices)
    • 1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
    • DVD-ROM drive
    • QuickTime 7.6.2 software required for multimedia feature
  • Mac Requirements:
    • Multicore Intel processor
    • Mac OS X v10.5.7 or v10.6
    • 1GB of RAM
    • 4GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash-based storage devices)
    • 1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
    • DVD-ROM drive
    • QuickTime 7.6.2 software required for multimedia feature

Go to https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=flash&loc=en_us to download a free trial of Adobe Flash Professional CS5.

 

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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.

  

Faculty e-Tool Review Results

Number of faculty reviewers: 2

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

 Picture of review results - 50% of reviewers strongly agreed that this e-tool was easy to incorporate into their course. 50% of reviewers strongly felt unsure that this e-tool was easy to incorporate into their course.

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

Picture of review results-50% of reviewers used this e-tool to state and explain course requirements.  50% of reviewers used this e-tool to reduce the physical demands placed on learners and to allow maximum attention to learning.

 

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 range of learners including students with disabilities.)

picture of results- 50% of rev iewers strongly agreed that this e-tool exemplified the construct of universal design for instruction in their course. 50% of rev iewers felt neutral about whether this e-tool exemplified the construct of universal design for instruction in their course.

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

  • Allowed much easier access to my powerpoint lecture notes when converted to flash format.
  • None derived to date.

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

  • Steep learning curve.

 

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

picture of results-100% of reviewers would use this e-tool in another course.

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

picture of results-100% of reviewers will this e-tool in the future to reduce the physical demands placed on learners and to allow maximum attention to learning.