Creating A PDF Of Your Blog Using Adobe Acrobat Pro.

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Michael Smith
25 March 2014

Title: Creating A PDF Of Your Blog Using Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Narrator

My role in this was to deliver a short instructional session on how to use Adobe Acrobat X to make a PDF archive of a students blog.

Situation

The level 4 undergraduate students (20)  had been introduced to blogging as part of their Personal, Professional Practice module of their degree programme. All students had been using Blogger for some months and were required to submit a digital snapshot of their blog for archive purposes and assessment purposes. The session was to be delivered in a fully equipped computer lab and all students had access to appropriate internet resources and a computer each.

This was a face to face session with a web based supporting document provided for reference and future guidance if required. All guidance materials were placed in the VLE (moodle) as a web page.  

Task

The task was to ensure that all students developed an understanding of how to set up their blogs, prior to the PDF making process for maximum readability by the assessors. To identify and articulate common problems that the students may come across and to make sure that students were then able to make a PDF for this and future modules.

Actions

  • Welcome the students

  • Introduce the aims and objectives of the session.

  • Ensure that everyone was logged into their computers and then their blogs. Check to see if everyone was at the same stage.

  • Talk through the process of setting up their blogs to show maximum number of posts, reminding them why we are doing this.

  • Help the students all find their way to Adobe acrobat on the computers.

  • Launch Adobe Acrobat, and create a .pdf from a webpage, paste link in then set up the page sizes.

  • PDF and wait… Whilst the PDFing is happening time for a quick Q&A about the process or follow up if any students are having difficult.

  • PDF complete.

  • Show students how to set blog back to previous settings and save them.

  • Review of what we have done. Final opportunity for questions

  • End of session. (Lasts about 40-45 minutes.)

The session went quite well but as anticipated there is an inevitable lag with students who can’t quite work as fast as others. Other problems encountered were when individuals raced ahead because they thought that they understood what to do then came up against technical issues. In terms of overcoming them I asked individuals to support each other initially as they are a close knit group, then to ask me if there were still problems. Overall though it was a relatively straightforward task.

Results

The anticipated outcome was that students understood how to make a PDF of their blogs. This was demonstrated by the fact that all students submitted a blog for assessment. In terms of perhaps slightly unexpected results it got one or two students who I didn’t expect to work together doing so.

Reflections

Overall it was a positive experience but preparation is key, I have run this session before and did so two or three months prior to this session. In the meantime google had updated the interface for blogger slightly and I had to modify the session ever so slightly on the fily. If I had checked that day I would have been prepared. In terms of transferable skills, check your work, be prepared and know your material before you start teaching!

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Anna Calvi
9:32pm 25 March 2014


Hi  Michael.

  This is a clear narrative and the handout you uploaded in the forum must have been very easy for the students to follow. However, the learning outcomes (= what the students will be able to do at the end of the lesson)  could be separate from what you were trying to achieve. From what you say, your learning outcomes were as follows

By the end of the lesson the students will be able to:

- set up their blog prior to creating a PDF

- create the PDF of a blog using Adobe Acrobat

You have identified some valuable transferrable skills. Double checking before the lesson is always a good idea!

Anna

Michael Smith
9:44pm 25 March 2014


Thanks Anna, 

You make a valid point and I would agree with your observations about seperating outcomes and the achievements by the end of the session. 

Double checking before the lession is especially important when using cloud services as the can be updated at the flick of a switch (as it were) as I know to my surprise!

Michael

Michael Smith
10:06pm 25 March 2014


Thanks Anna, 

You make a valid point and I would agree with your observations about seperating outcomes and the achievements by the end of the session. 

Double checking before the lession is especially important when using cloud services as the can be updated at the flick of a switch (as it were) as I know to my surprise!

Michael

Hugo Teixeira
8:08am 27 March 2014


I like that the students were being asked to create a PDF of their own work. This was in essence an additional form of publication and I expect it would have been very encouraging to the students to see their work "in print."

I do wonder if the narrator is assuming too much by equating receiving the PDF with evidence of the students being able to create a PDF using Adobe Acrobat. How does the narrator know that another student didn't create the PDF, or that the student used another tool to complete the task? Had I been in the narrator's class, I would have used PrintFriendly or CutePDF writer and called it a day.

Aidan Wallis
5:15am 29 March 2014


What a useful exercise!

You mentioned that some students were slower than others...

It made me think of a tool I sometimes use when showing students how to use software...  Jing is a free tool that records an interaction online and allows a voice over.  I use it to introduce students to some basic Moodle functions.

If students get stuck or forget, they can play a short video to see how its done.  Its very quick to build short clips.

Aidan

Louise Worsley
11:13am 17 April 2015


A useful learning lesson - its sometimes the simple things like this that some of our students really struggle with - these 'digital natives' are tricky in terms of what they do and don't know.  I've just been doing something similar reminding students on whay and how to use Google scholar - I think aidan is right.  I might need to put a clip online as well as I suspect they will forget by the time they come to actually doing it.

ma elbert
11:07am 26 September 2017


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