Plan for effective deployment of Adobe software across your institution by engaging in several key planning steps.

Step 1: Create A Vision

Before you begin, you will need to create a vision for your project:

  • Assemble a project team led by an executive sponsor, if possible. The team should represent various stakeholder groups such as IT, communications, curriculum, staff, teachers, and faculty.
  • Establish a vision for the changes you expect to see on campus with Adobe software widely available, such as:
    • Stronger integration of technology into the curriculum
    • Students are prepared for careers with essential digital literacy skills
    • Richer collaboration between faculty and students
    • Increased productivity and efficiency among administrative staff
  • Translate your vision into measurable goals.

Step 2: Build A Plan

  • Review this guide and the Implementation Checklist as a starting place from which you can build your custom plan.
  • Create a timeline with a launch date. Identify project owners. Keep in mind that many tasks will run in parallel. The major milestones are shown in the following figure.

Step 3: Measure Outcomes

  • Review the project goals and identify related metrics for tracking results. Metrics may include:
    • Number of serial numbers distributed
    • Enrollment in select courses
    • Technology survey results
    • Change in number of IT inquiries
  • Communicate project goals to all team members and stakeholders.
  • Set up a process for tracking progress against the goals.

Step 1: Set up for a successful deployment

To help ensure a successful deployment, you will need to:

Step 2: Test the software

Before you deploy your Adobe software, you will need to:

  • Implement the software on select systems in your actual teaching and learning environment.
  • Confirm that the software will work in your environment. Certain lockdown configurations are not supported by Adobe, such as:
    • Ghosting the My Documents folder with Adobe Premiere® Elements or Adobe Premiere Pro software
    • Locked C drives and Windows® guest accounts
    • Test repeatedly. Set up test sequences with your specific network and system configurations.

Step 3: Customize installation and deploy the software

Before you install your software, you will need to decide which of the two main ways you will use. (Note: Check with your Adobe technical team for other deployment options.)

  1. Create a disk image (standard install)
  2. Install from a remote central location
    • If you decide to install from a remote central location (option 2):
    • Determine the specific software configuration for your needs. Adobe software can be customized using the Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition tool. Some examples of customizing include:
      • Disabling updates or creating an internal updates server
      • Installing a subset of the entire suite
      • Preserializing the software
    • Choose a deployment technology:
      • On Mac OS, Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) is supported.
      • On Windows, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is supported.

Step 4: Implement training

As part of your Enterprise Licensing Agreement, Adobe offers innovative professional development to transform teaching and learning at K-12 and higher education institutions. Beyond just product training, Adobe Professional Development provides a rich, engaging learning experience aligned with best practices in adult learning theory. From real-world inspirational examples to customizable tools and templates, Adobe's just-in-time professional development content includes:

  • A curated collection of professional learning resources in a variety of media formats
  • Self-paced workshops to learn key skills
  • Live and recorded webinars and online courses
  • An optional Training for Trainers program to build training capacity on campus
  • Access to a network of certified Adobe Education Trainers and Professional
Visit the Adobe Education Exchange to get started today.
Contact your Development Partners for additional support.

Step 5: Track your success

To measure your progress, follow these steps:

  • Prepare your support teams to address technical questions from users. Quick reference information and other resources are available on the Adobe support pages.
  • Track the number of serial keys distributed.

Step 1: Develop an awareness plan

Develop an awareness plan to communicate the launch date and other important information about your Adobe software deployment:

  • Assemble a project team responsible for communications.
  • Consider your intended users for the software (faculty, staff, and students, if applicable).
  • Make a list of outreach activities that you think will reach each user group most effectively, such as:
    • Ad campaigns (newspapers and posters)
    • Social media (Twitter and Facebook)
    • Peer-to-peer campaigns
    • Public relations announcements
    • Workshop or seminar series
  • Create a timeline leading up to the launch date and assign project owners to each item.

Step 2: Cultivate champions

Faculty, staff, and student champions can be integral to your outreach efforts. By identifying and cultivating individuals who will spread excitement and knowledge about your Adobe tools, you will benefit from valuable peer endorsements.

  • Recruit individuals who represent different constituent groups (faculty, staff, and students, if applicable) and departments (for example, Business, Law, Engineering, Design). Champions should demonstrate high levels of experience and enthusiasm for Adobe products.
  • Encourage your faculty - particularly your faculty champions - to access the free Adobe Education Exchange, an online community for educators to meet, share, discuss, and collaborate around teaching with Adobe tools.
  • Give champions access to Adobe resources to inform and inspire them. We recommend:

Step 3: Produce communication tools

You will need to provide communication tools for your users:

  • ONLINE: Create a website or landing page that provides important details about your program: how to download the Adobe software, how to get started with online training, and where to find answers to questions. All marketing materials should drive new users to this online location.
  • ASSETS: Review your list of communication activities and develop a related list of materials that are necessary for each, for example:
    • Newspaper ads, posters, and flyers
    • Blog posts and articles
    • Sample tweets, Facebook posts, and other social media tools
    • Emails and web banners
    • White papers
    • Department presentations
  • Ask your champions to help to develop materials using Adobe software.
  • Leverage resources and materials provided by Adobe.

Step 4: Create and maintain excitement

Once you have your communication tools in place, you are ready to execute your communication plan for your target audiences. Your communication plan may include:

  • Building early momentum by communicating information about the launch - consider posters, emails, and other mechanisms to create excitement.
  • Taking advantage of Adobe resources by planning an Adobe Day kick-off event to build excitement. Contact your Adobe account manager for details on how to set up your Adobe Day.
  • Engaging your champions to spread the word via social media, product demonstrations on campus, testimonials, and other vehicles.
You will need to maintain awareness and momentum on campus after the launch. These activities may include:

  • Identifying early adopters and showcasing success stories
  • Updating the website with answers to common issues or concerns
  • Building awareness and usage of the available training
  • Organizing meetings with department heads and faculty to discuss integration

Getting to know the software

More than likely, your population represents a wide range of skill levels with Adobe software. As part of your Enterprise Licensing Agreement, Adobe offers innovative professional development to transform teaching and learning at education institutions. Beyond just product training, Adobe Professional Development provides a rich, engaging learning experience aligned with best practices in adult learning theory. From real-world inspirational examples to customizable tools and templates, Adobe’s just-intime professional development content includes:

  • A curated collection of professional learning resources in a variety of media formats
  • Self-paced workshops to learn key skills
  • Live and recorded webinars and online courses
  • An optional Training for Trainers program to build training capacity on campus
  • Access to a network of certified Adobe Education Trainers and Professional
Visit the Adobe Education Exchange to get started today.
Provide information about the Adobe training options available to your users and how to access them in all of your communications.
Here are suggested resources for learning, curriculum and instruction:

Consider offering in-person faculty workshops that demonstrate how to integrate Adobe technology into courses. Visit Adobe Education Resources to learn more about our resources.

Integrating software into courses

Providing a rich catalog of ideas for integrating Adobe software into the curriculum will be important to help faculty make the best use of the software. The Adobe Education Exchange (the Exchange) is a free online community where faculty can access teaching and learning resources created by Adobe and the community of Adobe users. Faculty can find course projects, technical tutorials, and best practices for integrating Adobe software into courses across the curriculum.

Browse by Subject, Grade Level, or Product on the Exchange to access resources shared by the community:

Additional resources developed by Adobe are available on the Adobe website:

Collaborating to maximize student achievement

The Adobe Education Exchange can be used to communicate and share ideas with faculty across the campus and around the world. Tools for sharing content, commenting on resources, and creating a personal network of peers help Exchange members access relevant content and develop new content in a collaborative workspace.

  • Encourage your faculty to start collaborative working groups on the Exchange.
  • Visit the Exchange to stay connected with the latest information from Adobe and be a part of the global Adobe Education community.
In addition, use your learning management system (LMS) to host training and teaching resources, encourage collaboration among your faculty, and showcase effective integration across campus.