Since UNC-Chapel Hill rolled out Adobe Creative Cloud to campus in mid-September, ITS Software Acquisition has received orders from more than 4,400 students and from 412 employees with non-instructional departments.

ITS Teaching & Learning, meanwhile, has issued an additional 154 licenses for faculty members, representing all 13 professional schools and 27 departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The University purchased a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud to offer at no cost to all students and to 2,000 instructional faculty and staff. In addition, licenses are available at a cost of just $20 per year for departmental purchases. The subscription includes Adobe Creative Cloud’s entire suite of creative desktop applications for digital imaging, design, web and video, plus online services and storage. The package includes such popular software as Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Premiere Pro, InDesign and many others.

Students express their delight

Students visiting the Adobe Red Tent in the Pit at the September 26 launch celebration enthusiastically welcomed the campus rollout of Creative Cloud.

“For personal projects and also for school projects as well, it’s great to have the tools available,” one student said.

“Now I can get this for free and I can use it whenever. I’m just so happy. This is just wonderful,” said another student.

Partnership provides “outstanding opportunity for students”

UNC-Chapel Hill is providing the Creative Cloud software through an Adobe Enterprise subscription model. Carolina’s partnership with Adobe empowers the campus community to create and manage content with these powerful tools across platforms and in a secure way.

“We are so happy to be here at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to establish this relationship,” Keith Spencer, Adobe Senior Customer Success Manager, said during Adobe Red Tent Day. The partnership, he added, provides an “outstanding opportunity for students to get 21st century digital skills and to be the world-class communicators that they are.”

A variety of schools and departments desire the software

Since the launch, the requests for licenses continue to multiply.

“When you imagine which schools and departments might express the most interest, you’d be correct that Media and Journalism, Art and Communication Studies are well represented,” said Suzanne Cadwell, Director of ITS Teaching & Learning. “But you might be surprised to learn that we’ve received the most requests from the School of Medicine–a total of 15 to date.”

Faculty using Adobe to bolster teaching and learning

In their requests for an Adobe license, faculty members write that they intend to use Creative Cloud to improve their own instructional materials or to give students the opportunity to develop multimedia projects in place of textual assignments, such as research papers, Cadwell said.

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