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Adobe Enables Distance Learning Globally for Schools Impacted by COVID-19

Press release from the issuing company

Free Creative Cloud tools offered to students through May 31, 2020

The past few weeks have shown us that, even in times of uncertainty, our schools and business communities remain strong and resourceful, all while continuing to find creative ways to maintain learning and business continuity.

With many schools facing physical campus closures and moving to online learning due to COVID-19, we’re announcing that we’re giving greater access to Adobe Creative Cloud desktop apps to facilitate distance learning. We believe that doing so will make it possible to keep coursework, teamwork, and student progress on track through at-home access to Creative Cloud for students and educators.

Starting today, we’re giving our higher education and K-12 institutional customers globally — who currently make Creative Cloud apps available to students who login through on-campus labs — the ability to request temporary “at-home” access for their students and educators. This will be granted through May 31, 2020 at no additional cost. To learn more and request access, please follow this link.

We also know that delivering engaging experiences through distance learning is a new paradigm for many teachers and faculty. Through our community, we’ve curated resources to help educators and school leaders discover inspiring projects, best practices, and new ideas so they can continue to drive valuable learning in virtual environments. For more information on Adobe’s distance learning resources please click here.

Adobe also has a vital role to play in schools, businesses, and government agencies, and earlier this week we began to offer free 90-day access to Adobe Connect, our web conferencing solution, until July 1, 2020. This offer gives users the ability to join meetings, trainings, and virtual classrooms from the safety of their homes. To learn more, please check out the Adobe Connect blog here.

As our education customers work to ensure both safety and learning continuity in their communities, it is our goal to help them with the tools they need to move through these uncertain times. Our commitment to do so in a seamless way continues to be unwavering.


By Dan Wilson on Mar 18, 2020

Let's not make Adobe out to be a hero. The company has been soaking students and educational programs for the better part of 2 decades, and in my experience as a graphic communications professor Adobe software purchases have often the largest portion of our educational program budget. While many large software companies have supported education with free production software (i.e. EFI, XMPie, Autodesk), Adobe still looks at educational institutions as a profit center. I published a paper about using open source software as an alternative to some of Adobe's software (https://gceaonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Open-Source-Software.pdf), but the practice is unlikely to gain acceptance because employers advertise jobs for graduates versed in specific Adobe software, rather than those with generic skillsets.


By Eric Vessels on Mar 23, 2020

@Dan, one thing to keep in mind is that this is a press released from the issuing company (Adobe).



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