Online Class: Adobe Acrobat 101

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Course Description


Adobe Acrobat is used to view, create, edit, and print PDF files, or Portable Document Format. Most computer users today are familiar with PDF files and the icon that's used to represent them. Users are also usually familiar with Adobe Reader, which is the program you can use for free to view and read PDF files. However, Reader cannot be used to edit and manipulate files like Adobe Acrobat.

This course was created to introduce new users to Adobe Acrobat, as well as to update users of past versions to the latest generation of this amazing software.*   Anyone, regardless of experience level or computer knowledge, can successfully take and complete this course.   It will start from the beginning, teaching you how to navigate the program, then move forward with step-by-step instructions and examples to teach you how to use all the major features that Acrobat has to offer.

You'll learn how to:

  • Navigate your version of Acrobat to find all its menus and toolbars
  • Create PDF documents from images, Office documents, and more.
  • Create bookmarks, links, and other navigational tools.
  • Edit PDF files that you've created – or ones that have already been created.
  • Insert multimedia files such as movies and sound into PDF files.
  • Turn scanned documents into searchable text. 
  • Turn scanned documents into interactive forms.
  • Create interactive forms from a PDF file.
  • Create portfolios.
  • And much, much more!



* The screenshots in this course will be based on Adobe Acrobat version 9, but course material will also be applicable to previous and future versions as well. It's not necessary that you have Adobe Acrobat 9 installed on your computer in order to complete and pass this course. However, it's helpful if you do have a version of Adobe Acrobat so that you can follow along with each lesson and practice what you learn.  

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have the following:

- Adobe Acrobat version 9 or greater (recommended) *
- a high school reading level.

No books will be required.
*students interested can download the free trial version of Adobe Acrobat Xl for this course.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Introduction to Adobe Acrobat

Lesson 2: Navigating Adobe Acrobat

Lesson 3: Viewing a Document

Lesson 4: Creating PDF Files

Lesson 5: Saving and Printing Files

Lesson 6: PDF Portfolios

Lesson 7: Manipulating PDF Files

Lesson 8: Editing PDF Files

Lesson 9: PDF Comments

Lesson 10: The Review Process in Acrobat 9

Lesson 11: Forms

Lesson 12 : Inserting Multimedia Into PDF Documents

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class. In order to fully benefit from this course, though, you do need access to Adobe Acrobat.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review exam along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what Adobe Acrobat is.
  • Demonstrate navigating Adobe Acrobat, viewing a document, and creating basic PDF files.
  • Demonstrate saving and printing files in Adobe Acrobat.
  • Demonstrate manipulating, editing, and commenting PDF files.
  • Demonstrate the review process in Adobe Acrobat.
  • Demonstrate creating and managing forms in Adobe Acrobat.
  • Demonstrate inserting multimedia into PDF documents, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Assignment1
Lesson 1: Introduction to Adobe Acrobat 99
Lesson 2 Assignment1
Lesson 2: Navigating Adobe Acrobat 99
Lesson 3 Assignment1
Lesson 3: Viewing a Document9
Lesson 4 Assignment1
Lesson 4: Creating PDF Files10
Lesson 5 Assignment1
Lesson 5: Saving and Printing Files10
Lesson 6 Assignment1
Lesson 6: PDF Portfolios10
Lesson 7 Assignment1
Lesson 7: Manipulating PDF Files9
Lesson 8 Assignment1
Lesson 8: Editing PDF Files9
Lesson 9 Assignment1
Lesson 9: PDF Comments10
Lesson 10 Assignment1
Lesson 10: The Review Process in Acrobat 910
Lesson 11 Assignment1
Lesson 11: Forms10
Lesson 12 Assignment1
Lesson 12 : Inserting Multimedia Into PDF Documents10
The Final Exam30
Total Points:157

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