Adobe Acrobat Pro at LCC


GOOD NEWS – Adobe Acrobat Pro is available for LCC employees on campus. It is an indispensable publishing software tool for you as OER course creators, especially if you are adapting existing material in PDF format.

The application enables you to run Accessibility checks on existing PDFs. You can fix common issues like adding alt-tags and titles; ensuring that a PDF is properly tagged; and that the document is set to the correct language.

You can also perform editing functions like auto-pagination; direct-text editing; and rearranging pages. Another feature of Acrobat Pro is the ability to combine PDFs with easy drag-and-drop methods.

The free Adobe Acrobat Reader does not perform any of these higher functions.

Acrobat Pro is part of the Adobe Creative CC suite. Any part of the entire Suite can be installed on your work computer.

To place a request, contact your department’s admin and they will forward it to IT.



New Creative Commons photo search engine

New CC Search engine from Creative Commons

Creative Commons has introduced a new search engine, CC Search, for finding images that use its licenses. 

The engine searches several image repositories (including Flickr, the New York Public Library, and The Met) for access to over nine million images with open licenses. For more on the new search engine, read “Creative Commons unveils a new photo search engine” by Sarah Perez for Tech Crunch.

Images are a great way to add interest to pre-existing OER materials.

Try out CC Search.

Summer 2017 OER Stipends at Lane

We are pleased to announce that we’ll be starting the process to award stipends for OER course development work for this coming summer. Awards will be in the form of curriculum development hours to convert non-OER courses to OER courses using existing OER materials. Awards will be up to 70 hours of curriculum development funds to complete the work over the summer in time for the upcoming Fall ’17, Winter ’18 or Spring ’18 terms.

  • Stipend application closes – Beginning of Spring Term – April 7
  • Announce awards – Week 3 of Spring term – April 21
  • Questions? Feel free to send inquiries to

The Application for Lane’s Summer 2017 OER Stipends is now open.

Public Domain Images from The Met

Painter Guido Reni's "The Immaculate Conception"
The Immaculate Conception by Guido Reni, CC0 and downloaded via the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s digital collection.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has just changed the licenses of approximately 375,000 images to Creative Commons Zero, or CC0, licenses. This places the images into the public domain and allows for their free download and unrestricted use.

Search The Met’s collection of public domain works.

For more information on this policy change, read the full story “Met Museum Makes 375,000 Images Free” by Joshua Barone for the New York Times.

A Global Conversation About OER

In anticipation of our time together on Thursday, 2/5/15 in the CML at 3:00, we have some more materials that can help shed more light on Open Educational Resources  (OER) if you aren’t as familiar with them as we may be. If you are starting at zero, Creative Commons has a good point of departure to help define what they are. The New Media Consortium has a good overview in this PDF as well, approaching it from the standpoint of how libraries can play a role in partnering with faculty when they look at adopting OER.

We have a bit of a history using OER at Lane and are perceived as a leader in the way we’ve encouraged faculty participation in the adoption of OER in classes. While this has been a great start, we have only just begun and are looking how the college should move forward.

In addition to the materials we sent out on Monday, we’ve added a few more to see different perspectives on OER from students and faculty at Lane.

Students Discuss Their Experiences with Open Educational Resources (OER)

Faculty Discuss Their Experiences with Open Educational Resources (OER)

Results from an ASLCC survey of students on main campus in the Fall of 2014. This was a face to face poll of the Lane student body, originating from the work that ASLCC had taken amongst themselves to do.

Join Us for a Global Conversation About Open Educational Resources

You are cordially invited to join us for the next topic in Lane’s Global Conversation series. Bill Schuetz and Ian Coronado will be asking for input around the topic of Open Educational Resources (OER) and what should be done to encourage their adoption at Lane.

The meeting will be February 5th, from 3:00pm to 4:30 in CML 214.

In advance of the meeting, we’ve included some resources to help bring you up to speed.

What are Open Educational Resources?

What do other educators say about them?

A Qualitative Investigation of Faculty Open Educational Resource Usage in the Washington Community and Technical College System: Models for Support and Implementation

What have other colleges done with OER?

 Adopting OER: A Case Study of Cross-Institutional Collaboration and Innovation

Maricopa Millions

Maricopa Community Colleges District has the goal of trying to save students 5 million dollars over the next 5 years in textbook costs by offering OER or low-cost alternatives. They seem to be on track as they were able to hit 1.4 million in savings in their 1st year alone.

Part of their solution includes a class search option that filters out any classes that has a textbook cost greater than $40.

Can I Still Publish My Materials If I Use Them In An OER?

At times, someone will ask if OERs and publishing are mutually exclusive.  “If I do this, won’t I be excluding myself out of the publishing community?”

Given how easy it is now to self-publish, the answer is definitely no.  Seth Godin has a few words on this topic from the excellent documentary PressPausePlay.


The fellowship has been a wonderful learning experience for me–both in better understanding OER and in using Moodle more fully.

Thank you all for your very helpful and informative posts. And, Jen, thank you so much for all your helpful guidance through this process.

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