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Bryan Castille
Adjunct Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Adobe CC in the Rhetoric/Composition Classroom

I am currently incorporating Adobe CC into my rhet/comp curriculum for first-year and third-year students. The tools available in the suite allow students greater versatility and professional design quality in their multimedia projects, and I believe that visual and aural literacies (as well as written and spoken literacies) are vital in preparing students for careers in a digital world. However, there are a number of challenges in teaching Adobe CC apps in a class not exclusively devoted to design. One problem is time; another is the students' learning curve and varying degrees of interest in multimodal learning and applications.

Have you been successful in teaching students to use Adobe apps for composing visual essays, photo essays, short documentary films, advocacy films, web pages, proposals, and other kinda of documents? If so, what were the challenges you faced and how did you overcome those challenges?

Lastly, could you suggest online resources where I might learn more about incorporating Adobe apps into my curriculum, as well as good, easy-to-follow tutorials that I might assign for my students during the first weeks of the semester?

Thank you in advance.

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