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November 10, 2006

Acrobat and eLearning

Herbert Van de Sompel pointed me that Ted Padova’s AUC Blog and in particular at this post - Creating Courseware with Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Captivate.

I've never been much of a PDF fan myself, but the post is interesting just to see what is possible.  It shows how

...a faculty member might use Adobe Captivate to instruct students on how to use a PDF file enabled with Adobe Reader usage rights for a lesson in basic Russian. Because Acrobat supports rich media it’s a perfect tool for a language lesson where an instructor’s audio can be heard; and with the PDF enabled with Reader usage rights, the students can record audio responses, take a test, and email the PDF back to the instructor.

What I don't quite get is how this might engage with a set of external services, but I'm guessing that the content of the PDF file could be dynamically generated from resources held in item banks and/or other learning object repositories and that student responses could be handled by some sort of 'assessment' service.  Comments on the viability of this would be welcome.

I guess this positions Acrobat as a potentially useful client-side tool in the Personal Learning Environment (PLE) toolkit?


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