Digital assessment with
Adobe Acrobat 9 Curriculum Guide
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Digital assessment with Adobe Acrobat
Assessment is a critical part of the learning process. Formative assessment helps guide students toward a
shared understanding or performance goal and provides focus as students complete major milestones in
their coursework. Summative assessment ensures that students have met the final goals of their projects and
achieved a desired level of understanding or performance.
Learning management systems and other digital communication tools have changed how coursework is
distributed and submitted, and now we have powerful new tools for reviewing and grading digital
coursework. Digital assessment is particularly appropriate for grading collections of projects or e-
portfolios, semester- or year-long projects, and projects that contain several different file types. When you
use innovative digital assessment strategies, you also give your students an opportunity to become familiar
with and practice the digital communication skills that will prepare them for the 21st century workforce.
As you design and prepare coursework and subsequent assessment, consider the advantages to using
Adobe® Acrobat® 9 Pro for digital assessment of student work:
• Digital methods help emphasize assessment as an iterative process that creates a feedback loop
between teachers and students.
• The assessment workflow is streamlined and efficient because all materials are in one digital
• Audio and video commenting tools help you provide feedback on difficult concepts.
• Time-stamping comments and reviews preserve past versions so viewing the progression of work
over time is easy. In addition, this feature can facilitate coursework that includes student reflection
• Digital documents are easy to distribute among several reviewers, allowing for simultaneous
reviews that you can merge into one version.
When using Acrobat as your digital assess