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CAWT 166 - Desktop Publishing - Adobe InDesign - Janet English

Course:Desktop Publishing - Adobe InDesign
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 eighteen 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 students to desktop publishing using Adobe InDesign to create graphically-rich layouts, brochures, posters, fliers, and newsletters.

Students will work on a variety of activities differentiating the features of Adobe InDesign’s tools and assess their application to various techniques studied required to create graphic-intensive publications for distribution and high-end printing that address typical layout and design problems encountered in the area of cross-media publishing relative to the modern business environment.

While this course will be administered 100% online, including all quizzes, there will be non-mandatory synchronous Zoom lectures for each chapter, according to the schedule posted on Canvas and in your Weekly Assignment Schedule. Again, these meetings are not mandatory to attend.  In addition, several Zoom meetings will be held to step through creating an example of the Final Project with student participation. A recording of the lectures and the Final Project example meetings will be provided on Canvas for students to review. Furthermore, 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 (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 the latest version of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat DC, and Adobe Bridge installed. Once enrolled in the course you will receive an email, in your MyCanyons email, that will give you access to Adobe Creative Cloud - Students where you can download any Adobe Creative Cloud application 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 latest version of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat DC, and Adobe Bridge installed. The 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

Adobe® InDesign Creative Cloud Revealed, 1st Edition

You cannot take this class without obtaining the book. The textbook is required for this course. This book will not be available in the Campus Bookstore.

Physical Book: Adobe® InDesign Creative Cloud Revealed, 1st Edition

Author: Chris Botello

ISBN: 9781305262492

Students can buy or rent the physical book from the Cengage website. (This link is directly to the book)

As another option, if students have purchased Cengage Unlimited for another course, they will be able to rent the physical book for this course through the same account.

I do not recommend using an e-book version of this text, unless you have multiple screens. The program we will be using, InDesign, is quite large and requires a lot of the computer’s resources to run. In addition, using a split screen with this program will not work well.

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 (166 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.

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Last updated: 10/25/2022 Sub#: 1054