1.24.2017

UPDATE: Accessible PDF session notes


The post containing notes from the Accessible PDF sessions has been refined and updated to include a better workflow for making PDFs accessible, notes about having a PDF read aloud, and working with PDF scans from books in which two book pages exist on one page in the PDF.

Please contact ITEC if you have any questions about any of this information.

Adobe Acrobat Pro: Working with Book Scans

Many times a PDF document is scanned from a book, placing two book pages onto a single page in the PDF document (example below). While this saves time in the scanning process, it can produce some difficulties for those accessing the document from a screen reader or using the read-aloud tools because the PDF reader doesn't know where the correct page order.

Example of a PDF page scanned from a book.

There is a way to split these two pages into single pages within the PDF. Know that there will be clean up to do after this is complete. The tools mentioned in this guide will help with the document cleanup.

The steps to convert a book-scanned document into a single-pages document is as follows:
  1. Click File > Print.
  2. Choose Adobe PDF as the printer.
  3. In the print dialogue:
    - Click Properties > Layout > Advanced...
    - From the Paper size drop-down select PostScript Custom page size.
    - Enter the desired height and width. In this case I used 11" for the width and 8.5" for the height.
    - Click OK.
    - Click OK.
    - Click OK.
  4. Click Poster under Paper Sizing & Handling.

    Tile scale was 100%. Tile only large pages was checked. At this point you should see a preview with the double page straddling two printed pages in the preview.


  5. Click Print.
Once this is complete you will need to go through and clean up the document, cropping out all the white space from around the pages, removing any blank pages running OCR, and optimizing the document. The tools mentioned in this guide will help with the document cleanup.

1.23.2017

Adobe Acrobat Pro/Reader: Read Documents Aloud

It is possible to have Adobe Acrobat Pro or the free version, Adobe Reader, read documents aloud to you.

This is a great tool for those who learn best by hearing. Listen and reading can also help with comprehension. The only requirement to be able to do this is that the document has rendered text. if you need to render the text through running character recognition, you can read how to here.

To have a document read to you:
1. Click View > Read Out Loud > Activate Read Out Loud
2. Click View > Read Out Loud, and then choose the option you wish. You can have it read to the end of the current page or to the end of the document.


Once the document is being read, you can access the same menu to pause, stop, or deactivate the reading.

1.17.2017

ITEC Workshops Spring 2017

We will be continuing our series of workshops this semester investigating topics related to teaching and learning. We are especially excited this semester about having guest presenters for a number of the sessions. Please do make an effort to support our colleagues.

The spring rotation starts February 6 and runs through April 14. Sessions will be scheduled two days per week at different times.
  • Monday sessions will be held 4-5PM.
  • Thursday sessions will be held from 12-1:00PM.
Locations and links to RSVP are listed below.  We hope that this staggered schedule will maximize opportunities for people to attend.

Click here for a downloadable, printable copy of the schedule.

If you are interested in attending a session, but unable to do so, please feel free to enter your information onto our waiting list form. The form can be found here: http://bit.ly/SP17_itec-wksp_waiting-list

If you have questions about any of the sessions or suggestions for topics that we should include, please contact Jedidiah Rex or Adam Dinnes
 

Spring 2017 Schedule

Date
Time
Location
Title
Description
RSVP
Feb. 6
4-5 pm
SC 150
Google Classroom
This session will provide an overview of Google Classroom. The session will include  a guest presentation from Bill New about his experience using Google Classroom.

RSVP
Feb. 9
12-1 pm
MI 109
Google Classroom
RSVP
Feb. 13
4-5 pm
SC 150
CANCELLED
UDL/Universal Design for Learning


Feb. 16
12-1 pm
MI 109
UDL/Universal Design for Learning
This will be a condensed version of the session that Kristen Dabney gave last semester. Kristen will provide a brief definition and history of universal design, share examples of UDL and then provide opportunity for discussion.

RSVP
Feb. 20
4-5 pm
Learning Studio (Library)
Interactive Video
We will be looking at a group of tools with the potential of making video an active, rather than passive learning experience. The tools are: H5P, VideoANT, VoiceThread, Quicktime.


RSVP
Feb. 23
12-1 pm
Learning Studio (Library)
Interactive Video
Mar. 13
4-5 pm
SC 150
3D Printing
We will be hosting a panel and discussion around the use of 3D printing for the classroom. Guest presenters include Ted Gries, Rachel Bergstrom, Cruz Rico, and Grace Adams and Sami Haubrich from the Maker Lab.

Mar. 16
12-1 pm
MI 109
3D Printing
Mar. 20
4-5 pm
Learning Studio (Library)
PDF Forms
Creating PDF forms with Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Pro.
Mar. 23
12-1 pm
Learning Studio (Library)
PDF Forms
Mar. 27
4-5 pm
SC 150
Student Engagement
We will be hosting a panel discussion around strategies for increasing student engagement.
The list of presenters/topics include:
- John McMahon/Podcasting
- Mathew Taylor/Classcraft (March 27 only)
- Leslie Williams/Infographics
- Olga Ogurtsova/Eno Interactive Whiteboards (March 30 only)


Mar. 30
12-1 pm
MI 109
Student Engagement
Apr. 3
4-5 pm
Learning Studio (Library)
Wikipedia
We will be providing two sessions on how to edit in Wikipedia in advance of the first Edit-a-thon.

Apr. 6
12-1 pm
Learning Studio (Library)
Wikipedia
Apr. 10
4-5 pm
Learning Studio (Library)
Adobe Premiere Pro
We will demonstrate basic editing with this tool and share some recommendations for making the experience more straight-forward and approachable.

Apr. 14
12-1 pm
Learning Studio (Library)
Adobe Premiere Pro


Click here for a downloadable, printable copy of the schedule.

1.05.2017

Spring 2017: PDF Accessibility Workshops


Adobe_Acrobat_DC_IconThe Library, IT, and LEADS offices are offering four sessions on creating accessible PDF documents. These sessions are meant to be a hands-on look at working with PDF files in Adobe Acrobat. Please feel free to bring your own computer to work along with the presenters.
The four sessions are:
  • Wednesday, 1/11/17, 10:30-11:30 am, Science Center 150
    RSVP Form
  • Wednesday, 1/11/17, 2-3 pm, Learning Studio (Library)*
    RSVP Form
  • Monday, 1/23/17, 12:30-1:20 pm, Science Center 150
    RSVP Form
  • Friday, 1/27/17, 12:30-1:20 pm Learning Studio (Library)*
    RSVP Form
Please let us know if you will be attending one of the sessions by using the appropriate RSVP form above.
If you are interested in attending a session, but are unable to do so, please feel free to enter your information onto our waiting list form. The form can be found here: http://bit.ly/PDF-accessibility_waiting-list.
*The seating will be limited to 12 for the two sessions which will take place in the Learning Studio.