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Teach Anywhere Using Digital Course Materials

A library guide to creating and providing accessible digital course materials for online teaching and learning.

From Image to Text: OCR

OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is a technology that enables you to convert different types of textual documents, such as scanned paper documents, PDF files or images captured by a digital camera into editable and searchable data.

Make your PDFs accessible.

When you edit a PDF, the OCR process converts a scanned image into digital text. It becomes a searchable text file, thus making navigation much easier. You can quickly find the page number of a favorite quote or locate all the uses of certain keyword within a large document, for example. You can also copy, paste, and edit passages of text within the document. Documents can be converted to digital text using OCR software such as Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.

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