Case Studies

Kami Assists Professors of the Appalachian State University Provide World Class Education

“I needed a way to annotate PDFs using a Wacom tablet that would fit well within my workflow of responding to student drafts and papers. I love the application, the Drive integration, and would love to see it continue to grow more. Thanks for making such a useful program!!”
– Bret Zawilski, Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University

Challenge: Finding a program that has functionalities that are needed in class such as taking notes at any point on a PDF slide and highlighting and adding comments directly to the file. The program should be compatible with a variety of devices. It should also enable saving files in Google Drive.

Solution: Kami is a PDF editor where text and graphic annotations can be done on many devices such as the Wacom tablet. It can also be synced to Google Drive.

Benefits: Kami makes PDF editing tasks such as highlighting, commenting, and inserting text much easier because of its simple interface. The user can click anywhere and make a comment on an exact point in the file. Google Drive connectivity enables access to files anytime, anywhere.

About the University

Appalachian State University was established in 1899. It strives to be the academic institution that is home to students who are raring for academic challenges and fulfilling co-curricular experiences. The University is comprised of 18,000 students with a student to faculty ratio of 16:1. It ensures that a lively learning environment is maintained that will help the students grow into socially aware and responsible individuals.

Even after 100 years of existence, the faculty, students, and alumni feel that the education they receive from the university has given birth to transformations not only to them as individuals, but also to the world.

Academic and Technical Challenge

The Appalachian State University is popular for holding small classes that employ innovative teaching techniques. Part of the quest for academic excellence is adapting to a world full of advancements in technology and rising in interconnections. Add to this, the fact that academic institutions have increasing awareness of the worrying state of the natural environment, and because of this, methods that will help to sustain the environment and adapt to the changing times are being utilized. This includes maximizing the use of the Internet and learning materials that are published in electronic format.

Kami Rises Up to the Challenge

Bret Zawilski is an assistant professor at the Appalachian State University. He was searching for a way to annotate PDF files using his Wacom tablet that would suit his work process of responding to student drafts and papers well. He tried several other programs, but those did not offer the right export features and did not allow “writing directly” on the PDF file. He did a thorough search on the internet and finally found Kami. Since the campus operates on Google accounts, Kami’s ability to be integrated into Google Drive did wonders for his job. Commenting and exporting annotated PDF files became easier and faster.

Ever since he started using Kami, he has been utilizing the application every day to check the drafts and reports of his students. The features that he commonly uses are drawing in freehand and saving the files to his Google Drive. What he likes most about it is that the application is efficient, powerful, and convenient. Kami is the perfect match for his workflow and has not given him any problems. Kami is now something he highly recommends to his colleagues.

Why Kami is a Very Useful Tool for Academics

The methods of teaching used by academic institutions all over the world have drastically evolved from the usual blackboard style to the highly innovative and contemporary teaching styles today. Kami fills the gap between the skills of the faculty and the level of technology being utilized nowadays.

Kami was developed to be simple, clean, and intuitive so that users will not have a hard time trying to learn the application. Its ability to be connected to Google Drive remains a huge selling point since it enables students and professors to communicate better. Files can be edited, saved, and shared anytime and anywhere they are. This gives room for collaborative learning, which serves as a powerful tool for maximizing the learning experiences of the students.

Maria Dublin
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Maria is a writer, an editor, and a law student. She plays for the Philippine national touch football team, and does a lot of travelling during the holidays.