As countries around the globe work to minimize the impact of COVID-19, an increasing number of schools and universities have shuttered their doors and taken lessons online. But for some students, working from home means that they don’t have access to specialized software available at their school’s computer labs. Thankfully, Adobe is doing its part to help students continue learning, even if they aren’t in a physical classroom.
Until May 31, Adobe is giving free temporary access to its Creative Cloud apps to students who only have access on-campus. The move comes at the request of educators, who are rightly concerned about their students continuing their education during this crisis. Thankfully, Adobe is making it easy for institutions to request at-home access for their students and ensure that no one misses out on lessons due to the coronavirus.
Additionally, Adobe has published resources aimed at helping educators put together informative and stimulating virtual lessons. Their distance learning resources include strategies for online learning during COVID-19, as well as project ideas and best practices in order to make a smooth transition from a physical to a virtual classroom.
Rounding out Adobe’s efforts during the pandemic, the company has also taken into consideration the many offices that are now asking their employees to work from home. To that end, they’re offering an extended 90-day trial of their web conferencing app, Adobe Connect. By making it easier to conduct meetings, training, and create virtual classrooms, Adobe is doing their part to help us weather this storm.
Interestingly, the entire initiative started with a tweet. RC Concepcion, an adjunct professor at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, was concerned about his students not being able to keep up with their coursework while the campus is shut down. After voicing his fears on Twitter, Adobe responded and 48 hours later the distance learning initiatives were put in place. This is just another example of people and organizations stepping up for the community at a time when everyone needs to make sacrifices and remain flexible.
Thanks for reaching out @aboutrc with your concern for your students 48 hours ago. We hope students and faculty will benefit from having access to @creativecloud to continue learning and creating. Stay safe and healthy! Thanks @AdobeForEdu team for pulling this off rapidly.
— Mala Sharma (@Malasharma) March 13, 2020