DigCompEdu Competence area

3.1 Teaching

Progression Level

Explorer (A2)

Minimum digital skills level of Students


Minimum digital skills level of Educators


Learning/Teaching situation

Educational content creation using PDF for online career guidance training.

Target group

Teachers and trainers who wish to make their content available online for viewing, printing and downloading.


  • PC/laptop/smartphone
  • Internet connection
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC & Adobe Document Cloud 


Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format used to present and exchange documents reliably. They are a quick way to spread information which can be used in corporation with other content creating tools like Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Individuals or institutions interested in an effective distribution tool can use PDF conversion to make their content available online for viewing, printing and download. PDF conversions a logical way to turning those files into eLearning, practical manuals, handbooks for more.

How to do it (step by step)

Step 1


Selecting digital resources for creating content to share – A2
Choose the subject in general and then narrow it down to varies topics of interest. This makes your PDF more focused. In providing a brief description uses can be able to have an overview of what can be expected in the documents.

Plan your PDF content Design- This includes designing document details about what can be found on the resource such as theme, procedures and learning outcomes. Enrich your PDF (and your course) with multimedia, such as graphs and pictures, and structured content with informative headlines.

Consider an effective tool for distribution – Define media and technology- tool or platform to support vision for training (e.g. hosting platform interface in which students like Moodle or Joomla).

Step 2

Creating and modifying digital resources

Develop methods to create added value to your PDF content: Include tools for a blended online and offline learning experiences. This includes a more interactive “human” part that can be incorporated using e-Learning software for tests, polls or quizzes.

Considers possible restrictions to use the digital resources related to technical requirements

Accessibility and suitability – provide information on what can be used to access your PDF in information both in and outside the class environment.

Step 3

Managing, Protecting and sharing

Take measures to protect sensitive data and resources: This especially true for PDF documents as they will be distributed and printed. Copy right infringement laws should be checked before.

 Take measures to build a community:  Carefully building a protected platform for interaction or any other needed for social exchange, conversation and feedback.

There is more…

PDFs can contain links and buttons, form fields, audio, video, and business logic. They can also be signed electronically and are easily viewed using free Acrobat Reader DC software.

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