There is no one way to learn software applications. Everyone learns software differently and at different paces. Some people prefer to have a book to consult, some rely on help menus, and some search the web for tutorials. I do not require any one way to learn the software used in class. But whichever method you choose, working with the software takes a lot of practice. Working with the software only once a week during class is likely to leave you frustrated and feeling inadequate.
It is up to individual students to find their own best method for learning and to seek out appropriate resources. One of the best ways I've found to learn a software application is to try to recreate a design I've seen.
Although I will provide some short demos during class time, I do expect students to seek out the resources they are most comfortable with and learn most of what they need to on their own. What I can offer are recommendations:
If you are unfamiliar with the programs in the Adobe Creative Cloud, you need to think about how best to go about learning them.
We will be using the following Adobe Creative Cloud programs: Photoshop (image manipulation), Dreamweaver (website creation and editing), InDesign (layout and design), and Acrobat (print).
We will be using the Adobe Creative Cloud in our classroom (ASH 145). However, this room is not a computer lab; it is strictly used for classes.
But at UNO, there are a couple of options for accessing the Adobe Creative Cloud. The library general lab offers the Adobe Creative Cloud on all of their computers as does the Criss Creative Production Lab located in the library.
If you intend to take all the technical communication courses, you may want to consider purchasing the Creative Cloud software through the University of Nebraska (sales.unl.edu). As a student, you can purchase it for the subscription price depending on the Creative Suite you purchase. I recommend the "Design" suite.
Some documents associated with the class and all assignments will be submitted through dropbox.com. Dropbox is a document repository that I use for course materials and student files and documents. You will need to create an account at dropbox.com in order to submit your assignments. This account is free. In dropbox, I created a course folder called Information Design Fall 2016, which contains course documents and student files. You will receive an invitation from dropbox to join this folder. Once you've accepted the invitation, you will be able to see and access this folder.
I created a folder for each of you within the course folder. Each of these folders will contain other folders for each assignment with a "Ready for Grading" folder within each. I will assume that any documents placed into the Ready for Grading folder are ready for grading. You are welcome to save any other documents in this space. Please do NOT delete any documents in the course folder or the Ready for Grading folders.
In order to ensure that all students have access to the course documents in dropbox, I will have to share the entire course folder with everyone, which means that everyone will have access to everyone else’s folder. We will work on the honor system, which says that no one will go into anyone else’s folder without permission.
Accommodations are provided for students with registered disabilities.
For more information contact Services for Students with disabilities:
Kate Clark, Disability Services Coordinator
UNO Disability Services
6001 Dodge Street, EAB 117
Omaha, NE 68182
Phone (402) 554-2872, TTY (402) 554-3799, Fax (402) 554-6015