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Digitizing for Distance Education

contributed by the University of Fairbanks Center for Distance Education

Migrating information from paper to electronic form—and being able to access those items in their electronic forms—is a regular concern for both instructor and student in any web-enhanced or web-delivered course.

Finding the Right Tools

Office Software. The first and most obvious method is to use an appropriate piece of software, such as a word processor, to create the material and post or send it. Don’t overlook less commonly used features such as drawing tools, equation editors, organization and charting tools, etc.

• Screen Capture. A screen capture program allows you to take a quick snap of any image or application on your computer and save that to a file. Free and low-cost programs are available for every platform.

• Scanner. A desktop scanner can be used to quickly convert hand-written or hand-drawn notes and diagrams into an electronic image format suitable for viewing across platforms. Adequate desktop scanners are available for less than $60 online or at discount warehouses.

• Digital Camera. Digital cameras are becoming a common household accessory, but their potential for workaday applications is often overlooked. A quick picture of

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