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CAWT 082 - Adobe Acrobat - Brief - Janet English

Course:Adobe Acrobat - Brief
Professor:Janet English
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


My name is Janet English, and I will be your guide for this learning experience called online education. I have been with College of the Canyons for twenty years. I look forward to getting to know each of you throughout the semester.

In this day and age, we are fortunate to be able to offer online education courses in order to accommodate so many of you who may not have the time or resources to attend classes on campus due to modern societal pressures, including professional obligations, familial responsibilities, and financial or health concerns. It should not, however, be assumed that an online education class is in any way easier than an on-campus class. In fact, just the opposite may be true since, to be successful, students in online classes must rely more on their own resourcefulness, discipline, good time management and study habits, as well as finding within themselves the means to remain motivated. Although this course is taught entirely online with no campus attendance requirement, my hope is to get to know each of you the same as if we interacted face-to-face in a classroom.

Course Description

This course introduces Adobe Acrobat and how to create, modify, and authenticate universal Portable Document Format (PDF) documents for cross-platform distribution, including PDF conversion, multimedia content, interactive elements, electronic forms, security features, and document review cycle.

Students will work on a variety of activities differentiating the features of Adobe Acrobat’s tools and assess their application to various techniques studied required to design, create, edit, and authenticate a wide variety of PDF static and interactive documents.

While this course will be administered 100% online, including all quizzes, there will be non mandatory synchronous Zoom lectures for each lesson, according to the schedule posted on Canvas and in your Weekly Assignment Schedule. Again, these meetings are not mandatory to attend. A recording of the lectures will be provided on Canvas for students to review. In addition, there will be one non mandatory open lab Zoom scheduled per week where students may get help with their assignments. One-on-One Zoom Meetings may also be available, by appointment.

All student assignments and quizzes will be submitted on Canvas using the assignment and quiz links provided in modules on Canvas.

This course requires proficiency with the operating system of your computer, computer file management, the Internet, a browser (Google Chrome), and the ability to send e-mail.

What to Expect in this Course

Students are expected to spend the appropriate amount of time necessary to complete the weekly assignments.

SKILL REQUIREMENTS -- Prior to taking this course, students should have acquired the following skills:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Windows 10 or 11 (especially file management).
  • Proficiency with the Internet and the browser Google Chrome
  • Proficiency with e-mail, including the ability to send and receive attachments.
  • Proficiency with the creation and extraction of zip archives (.zip files)

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS -- Prior to taking this course, students must have in their possession or access to the following:

  • Reliable access to broadband Internet
  • A computer with Microsoft Windows 10 or higher
  • A computer with the latest version of Adobe Acrobat DC installed. Once enrolled in the course you will receive an email, in your MyCanyons emial, that will give you access to Adobe Creative Cloud - Students where you can download Adobe Acrobat DC for FREE. These instructions walk you through the process step-by-step.
  • Browser software (Latest version of Google Chrome)
  • Izarc, Winzip (free download from, 7 zip (free download from or an equivalent archive and file extracting utility (a zip and unzip program)
  • Windows 10 has a built-in archiving utility
  • A media player that is compatible with mpg4, mov, wmv, and swf formats (free VLC media player is recommended:
  • A College of the Canyons e-mail account

IMPORTANT: Students must have access to a desktop or regular laptop computer with the Windows 10 or Windows 11 Operating System and the latest version of Adobe Acrobat DC installed. The MAC version of Adobe Acrobat does not include all the features necessary for this course. In addition, use of tablets or smartphones is not possible for completing the projects in this class.

Types of Assessments

Hands-on projects, quizzes, and a Final Project.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

There is no textbook for this course. Online reading sources and videos will be provided in Canvas.

Other Relevant Course Information


All students must use their e-mail account created for them by the College. In order to authenticate student identities and comply with FERPA regulations, instructors have been asked by the College to respond only to student e-mail originating from a account. The account is integrated with Microsoft Office 365, which includes a free 1TB OneDrive account for cloud data storage. All students must make sure that they have activated their e-mail account. To activate your account, log into MyCanyons (WebAdvisor) on the college web site and follow the appropriate links related to student e-mail.

Please always insert your course number (082 and course section number) in the Subject header of your e-mails and identify yourself at the end of your e-mail messages with your full name.

If you send your e-mail messages directly through Canvas, the course and section will be identified automatically.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 10/25/2022 Sub#: 1051