Adobe programs are fundamental within organizations in most sectors, especially for applications involving graphics and media. Individuals interested in online training programs should consider courses that are Adobe-certified. These include standalone courses and certificate programs. Students may also take Adobe courses as part of broader associate's and bachelor's degree programs. Students also need to make sure they have course-relevant Adobe software before starting a program.
Online Training Options
Training by Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe supports all of its products, including PDF, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, by providing print material and its own training programs, which frequently are delivered online. In addition, students wishing to pursue certification may purchase online training directly from Adobe to become an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE).
Both live and recorded eSeminars are available. A variety of online on-demand seminars are provided on advanced topics. These might include transitioning from physical to virtual classrooms, creating online sales and marketing demos, or effectively 'teleworking' in government. The company also offers enterprise-level products and maintains a library of resources available to developers and coders.
For teachers, college administrators and educational developers, Adobe offers program training and support online. Adobe products, like Connect and Captivate, may be adopted to enhance college eLearning programs. Webinars are specifically designed for higher education administrators. The company also operates a resource center for education developers, who can download free versions of Flash Builder and ColdFusion.
School and University Training
In addition, Adobe provides free training materials to kindergarten through postsecondary schools and colleges to enable them to deliver their own workshops, both on-site and online. Costs to students vary, but offerings range from standalone courses or seminars to courses offered as part of a graphics education certificate or career-focused 2-year or 4-year degree. Graphic arts, IT and continuing education programs commonly offer online Adobe training.
Training by Other Vendors
Adobe also partners with selected third party vendors, such as Lynda.com and Total Training (www.totaltraining.com), to provide online program instruction. These companies offer authorized video training modules for Adobe's most popular programs for a monthly subscription fee.
Individuals taking part in training programs should have regular access to the software they are studying. Students taking courses through a college or university may be able to buy a discounted software package from their school bookstore. In addition, Adobe's website may offer free trial downloads.
Adobe software is commonly used for both business and educational purposes. Online courses in particular Adobe programs can be taken individually or for credit toward a certificate or undergraduate degree.