Adobe Acrobat is used to create Portable Document Format (PDF) files from existing documents preserving the original format of the document. PDF files are viewed with a free reader available for download . Faculty can create PDF files as a way for students to view files created in a word processing, publishing or presentation program without having the original program on their computer. PDF files offer a way to save files so that others cannot modify your document. Acrobat can be purchased in either Acrobat Standard or Professional version. The Adobe Acrobat site outlines the differences and similarities of both products.
Desire2Learn Course Management system is a web-based software system which can be used by faculty to support flexible teaching and learning whether your class is taught face-to-face or at a distance. It provides tools and facilities to manage your course as well as content and provides online collaboration and communication. Although this is a text based medium, courses can be enhanced with audio and video.
Camtasia Studio records high-quality videos of your Windows computer screen, enabling faculty to share their PC knowledge with everyone in their class or department. You can also record the computer screen while using programs such as Photoshop Elements or PowerPoint to help clarify a concept for your students. Faculty can easily edit, enhance and publish screen recordings in all the popular multimedia formats. This product does not work on the Macintosh platform.
Adobe Captivate (formerly RoboDemo) automatically records all onscreen actions and instantly creates an interactive Flash simulation. Point and click to add text captions, narration, and e-learning interactions without any programming knowledge. Captivate will also automatically generate text captions for you. Unlike, TechSmith's Camtasia, Captivate lets your students follow your mouse movements or they can be prompted to use their mouse to perform a task.
Dreamweaver is used for building web sites. It is a WYSISYG editor meaning that you can add information as you would in a Word document. Dreamweaver will create the HTML or the CSS coding behind the scenes automatically for you and the program allows you to manipulate the HTML or CSS code. The power of Dreamweaver lies in three areas, the programs ability to save graphics and text as library items allowing them to be easily reused and therefore changed automatically throughout the site, the programs ability to cache items and therefore when files are moved the links to those files on other pages are automatically changed and the programs ability to easily incoporate interaction in your site using Javascipt.
Faculty can use Impatica for PowerPoint to add narrated presentations to their Web site or Blackboard course shell. Impatica for PowerPoint simply converts the PowerPoint file into a compressed format (Java) that is optimized for streaming over the Internet. The content can be easily displayed even when using a 28.8kbps modem. Impatica supports most of the features available in PowerPoint. Faculty and students may need to download the Java plug-in because it is not shipped with the Microsoft Operating system. Impatica is only available in the IDDS lab, room LL012. The current version of Impatica is The current release of Impatica for PowerPoint is version 4.0.2.
Adobe Photoshop Elements is used to manipulate scanned and digital images. Currently, we have Photoshop Elements 4 in our lab. Faculty can use Photoshop to convert files for Web use or create graphics to enhance your Web pages. There are two versions available in the lab, Adobe Photoshop CS2 for advanced faculty and Adobe Photoshop Elements for those faculty who want to create or manipulate graphics. We offer classes on Adobe Photoshop Elements only.
A component of Microsoft Office, PowerPoint is a presentation graphics program. Faculty can create presentations and simple educational games. With PowerPoint faculty can add simple shapes, graphics, multimedia and animation to create a dynamic presentation. Once the presentation is created it can be used for delivered on-screen, as overhead transparencies, as 35mm slides and as paper printouts/ handouts/notes/outlines. The current version of Microsoft Office is Office 2007.
Microsoft Publisher is a WYSIWYG ( What You See Is What You Get ) desktop publishing package that allows faculty to view a document exactly how it will be printed. You can choose various typefaces, specify margins and embed illustrations and graphics directly in the text. Faculty can create newsletters, flyers and banners.
Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment, or moved from one eLearning system to another. The University has purchased a campus-wide software. The license is available to all faculty and must be renewed on your computer every year.
SnagIt is used to capture screen images, text, video and print output from your Windows PC. Capture anything you see on the screen. Edit and combine those captures. Share them via your favorite applications. Organize and find them again later. The more you use Snagit, the more ways you'll find to use it!
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