Case Studies

Kami Helps Students at the University of Alberta Become Globally Competitive

“I needed an easy and accessible way to annotate PDFs on my Chromebook. Kami had everything that I needed. I have not encountered any problems ever since I started using it. Keep it up!”
– Noah Schwabe, Student, University of Alberta

Challenge: Finding a program that has functionalities that are needed in class such as taking notes at any point on a PDF slide, highlighting, and adding comments directly to the file. It should work well with any operating system and browser. It should also enable saving files in Google Drive.

Solution: Kami is a PDF editor where text and graphic annotating can be done using many devices. It can also be connected to Google Drive.

Benefits: Kami is a software that 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

The University of Alberta or UAlberta is one of the leading public research universities of Canada. It was ranked one of the best universities in the world according to the QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. The University is a force to be reckoned with in the economic progress of the country, being one of the largest employers that contributes at least 12 billion dollars every year. It aims to be an ideal academic institution wherein students can get the proper skill set to become globally competitive and socially responsible. As a research university, UAlberta ensures that theirs work will help in discovering new knowledge and improve existing technology so that future generations can benefit from it.

Academic and Technical Challenge

To produce globally competitive graduates, the University of Alberta heavily invests in its faculty and staff. Forty-one members of the faculty were awarded 3M Teaching Fellowships, the highest distinction a teacher can receive. UAlberta also established the Center for Teaching and Learning wherein the faculty is equipped with useful tools and references that will help them promote academic excellence. A lot of these references are found online and are made available in electronic format. This gives rise to a need for applications that can make the use of these references a lot easier.

Kami Rises Up to the Challenge

Noah Schwabe is an undergraduate student of the University of Alberta. He needed an easy and accessible way to annotate PDFs in his Chromebook since this is the file format that is usually used in his classes. He did a thorough search in the Application Store and found Kami to have positive reviews that made him decide to try the application. It worked with his operating system and Internet browser seamlessly. He describes Kami as simple and effective. It is packed with all of the features that he needed such as highlighting, underlining, adding text, saving to drive and viewing scanned files using OCR. He has used the application numerous times each day for taking notes and studying for his classes. He has not encountered any problems since he started using the application that have made him feel the need to look for an alternative program to replace it. Kami has been a very big help in accomplishing his tasks, so he is willing to recommend the application to his classmates.

Why Kami is a Helpful Tool for Undergraduate Students

The University of Alberta has retained its high rankings because of its efforts to support the needs of its faculty and students. The use of efficient tools to help the students manage their academic workload has become extremely essential.

The interface of the application was designed to be simple, clean, and intuitive so that the user will not be overwhelmed in trying to learn how to use it. Note-taking can be done at any point of the PDF file. It also can be connected to Google Drive, which makes collaborative learning possible. The developers of Kami make sure that it is continuously improved to be more responsive to the needs of its users.

Maria Dublin
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