Adobe CC coming to campus

cc2For the last few years access to Adobe software like Photoshop and Illustrator has been limited to a handful of computers on campus. This summer that will change as the university signs a campus license for all software packages in Adobe Creative Cloud. Students and faculty wanting to learn advanced video editing on Premiere or photo editing in Lightroom will now have much wider access.

The Creative Cloud for Enterprise license includes the following software packages

•  Photoshop CC  –  image editing

•  Illustrator CC  –  illustration/drawing

•  InDesign CC  –  page design/layout

•  Acrobat Pro  –  PDF creation

•  Premiere Pro CC  –  video editing

•  After Effects CC  –  motion graphics

•  Lightroom CC  –  photo editing

•  Dreamweaver CC  –  web design

To celebrate the arrival of Adobe CC to campus, the Learning Studio is highlighting two ways you can get started with the Adobe design and media collection.

 

Lynda.com  –  If you have some time this summer and want a quick introduction to an Adobe title taught by professionals, Lynda.com is a great place to start. Visit (and bookmark) www.lynda.com/portal/acu and search for courses on the CC or Creative Cloud title you’re interested in.

Most major titles have an extensive introduction course, often called “Essential Training” that provides detail on most any feature, or you might look for courses focused on an area of interest:  “Photoshop for Photographers” or “Photoshop for Designers.”

Another option is to look for short, practical tutorials that do something you want to do like colorizing a photograph or enhancing a sunset photo, though these quick tips often assume you know your away around the main tools.

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LS workshops  –  This summer and fall the Learning Studio will also offer hands-on workshops introducing key Adobe titles. If you’re familiar with the basics of photo or video editing and are ready to work with advanced tools, we’ll lead a variety of half-day workshops that get you creating quickly.

So that we can focus our initial workshops around faculty interest, fill out the following Google Form to let us know what software you’d like to work with first.

SIGN-UP – Adobe CC workshop interest form

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DISCLAIMER:  Adobe’s creative tools are industry standards in the fields of web and print design, video editing and production, and like any new tool they will take time and practice to arrive at any level of proficiency.

That said, Lynda.com and Learning Studio can help. We’re very much looking forward to seeing what the ACU community can create with these new tools.

 

eBooks for iPad: Faculty Resources

Those of us in the library monitoring ebooks closely wanted to share some details as many of you begin making textbook decisions for the fall. By now the majority of students on the ACU campus have access to an iPad, presenting ACU faculty with a unique opportunity to offer cost-savings on textbook purchases in 2014-15. Here are some of the providers you might consider.

 

iBooks – The standard ebook reader for iOS is Apple’s iBooks app (free). Most trade titles you teach are available on the iBookstore as well as a number of interactive textbooks from some of their publishing partners that include media. In addition to highlighting/annotation, the iBooks app allows students to turn their notes into notecards for later review.

You can also open and store PDF and ePub files in iBooks, whether you digitize an article or share a digital copy of your syllabus. The iBooks Author application for Mac also allows teachers to produce custom content with interactive maps and media.

•  Search Textbooks in iBooks

•  iBooks Textbooks

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Kindle – Amazon has Kindle reader apps for the iPad and iPhone as well as most mobile and desktop platforms. They offer Kindle versions for many trade titles you already teach on amazon.com that now include Xray which they describe as a “smart glossary” pointing to related content. Students buy the Kindle book and it syncs directly to the Kindle app for iPad (free), and they’re saving money.

Recently Amazon has also worked with textbook companies to offer rental options for Kindle where students are allowed to rent some textbook titles. The main point is that students don’t need to own a Kindle device to read Kindle books on their iPad.

•  Search Kindle Textbooks

•  Amazon Student (50% off Prime) (more…)

Introducing the One Button Studio

Recording a video can be a complex process. The checklist of settings and techniques to remember for any given camera is often daunting, especially for someone new to the equipment. That’s why in 2013, the Learning Studio began beta testing a new solution for quick video recording: the One Button Studio.

The One Button Studio was developed by Penn State University, who worked with us to install the first One Button Studio outside the Penn State system, upstairs in the ACU library.

The unique studio is perfect for students practicing a speech on camera or for a professor sending a short message or lecture to a class.

Now, any visitor to the Learning Studio can record a video in three simple steps:

 

  • Place your USB drive into the slot
  • Push the silver button to start recording
  • Push the button again to stop recording

 

 

The HD camera mounted on the wall records directly to your USB drive. To enhance your video, three professional-grade lights and a directional microphone ensure clean, high-quality audio and video. Users can even project slides over their shoulder using a short-throw projector connected to the iMac in the room (You can ask the front desk for a remote to control your slides).

The One Button Studio is the personal film studio anyone can use.

[TIP: Reserve Studio 1 up to 7 days in advance to plan your next visit to the One Button Studio.]

Lynda for the holidays

In our first year of Lynda.com, we’ve had 731 users view 4,310 different videos. Teachers have assigned Lynda content to support specific assignments or as a textbook replacement in some subject areas.

To get a sense of the variety of potential uses of Lynda content, just look at the list of our 12 most viewed courses in 2013.

1. Excel Essential Training

2. Premiere Pro Essential Training

3. C# Essential Training

4. QuickBooks Pro Essential Training

5. After Effects Essential Training

6. XML Training

7. Illustrator Essential Training

8. Time Management Fundamentals

9. Photoshop Essential Training

10. Sales Skills Fundamentals

11. Ruby Essential Training

12. Maya Essentials

 

If you’re looking to learn a new skill or piece of software over the holidays, don’t miss our 12 Days of Lynda playlist.

And if you’re teaching with Lynda.com next spring, you can create your own playlists to share with students as well. Here is a quick tutorial for how to create them.

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12 Days of Lynda

This week we’re celebrating 12 Days of Lynda.com, giving prizes to some of the top lynda.com users from the ACU campus over the past year. You can also enter to win some stocking stuffers including 8gb key drives.

Over the holiday break if you’re looking to learn a new skill and try out some new software, check out this playlist featuring 12 of our favorite new Lynda courses.

And if you’re teaching with Lynda.com next spring, you can create your own playlists to share with students as well. Here is a quick tutorial for how to create them.

 

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