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Tech Tip Tuesday – How to Scan Handwritten/drawn Work to a PDF to submit in OAKS

With the College operating online, I know it’s difficult for some discipline whose work isn’t easy to do online, for example Math and Drawing.  If the assignment you wish to give is better suited to the student handwriting or hand-drawing something then just have them scan it!  This is also a great option for faculty who have semester long notebooks or portfolios that are turned in.

A FREE app that students can use (and you for that matter) is Adobe Scan. Adobe Scan works on phones and tables and makes it so easy for users to take pictures of multiple items and have one PDF created.

Check out the Adobe Scan page to download the app and here’s a tutorial for you and your students on how to use the app:

Adding your signature to PDFs and Images using Apple's Preview

App of the Month: Digitally Sign Documents with Apple’s Preview

Apple has made some changes to their old PDF standby, Preview.  If you’ve used it before you know it’s a great app to view PDFs and images on your Mac.  But recently they made some cool changes and the coolest is that you can EASILY add your signature to a PDF.

Now you can either use your finger to write your signature on your laptop’s trackpad OR you can use your computer’s webcam to take a picture of your paper written signature.  You can then add it easily to any PDF or Image.

Check out how it works!  I think you’ll love it.


Even though your computers are secured with logins and passwords, you may wish to delete your signature after each use to be sure that no one else can use it if they gain access to your computer.

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Dear TLT: How do I Save a Webpage as a PDF?

Dear TLT,

A student told me that it’s possible to save a webpage as a PDF in Google Chrome; is that true?  I don’t have Adobe Acrobat on my personal computer, and this would be extremely useful.  Thanks for your help!


Professor Vivian Banks
African American Studies

Dear Professor Banks,

Your student is right!  It is possible to save a webpage as a PDF using Google Chrome’s Print… option.  To do this, go to the webpage that you want to save and press CTRL + P (Windows) or ⌘ + P (Mac) to open Chrome’s print dialog.  Next, under Destination, click Change and select Save as PDF.  To save the page, as it appears on your screen*, make sure you select Background graphics under Options and click Save.

*Please note that this works for most HTML webpages.  If the print preview doesn’t look right, try adjusting the layout, paper size and/or margins.


Please contact your instructional technologist, if you have additional questions or concerns, and check out our upcoming training sessions at

Best regards,


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Dear TLT: How do I Merge Multiple PDFs into One File for T&P?

Dear TLT,

I do not have Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, and I need to merge multiple PDFs into one file for my Tenure and Promotion (T&P) packet.  Are there any FREE solutions that will produce the same results?


Professor C.F. Xavier


Dear Professor Xavier,

Thank you for this very timely question!  There are FREE solutions available.  Since you did not mention if you are a Mac or Windows user, we will provide applications for both (see table below).

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Best regards,