Searchable, Talking PDFs: Universally Designed Course Materials

Teaching with Technology workshop at CSU

Title slide from presentation Abstract

Who's not familiar with PDF files? They're portable (in fact, that's in the name: Portable Document Files), they preserve fonts and formatting, and they're great for printing.  But some PDFs lack the basic amenities of modern electronic documents—features such as searchability, copy and paste, highlighting and markup, and text-to-speech. PDFs without these features usually come from scanned source material—for example, pages from a book or older journal articles—but they can also result from electronic originals that lack basic structure. Join Jesse Hausler and Craig Spooner from the ACCESS Project to learn some simple techniques you can use to make PDF files more useful to you and your students.