Check out the Free Adobe eSignature Service

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Adobe’s new cloud-based eSignature Service was announced recently as a convenient way to get verifiable digital signatures on PDF documents quickly, securely, and conveniently. This service is based on our LiveCycle server-side technology that supports digital signatures and workflows.

The Service is easy to set up and use. All you need is a free Adobe ID. If you already have one or an Acrobat.com account, you are ready to use the service.

Here’s how it works:

  • Sign in at http:/esign.adobe.com
  • Upload you PDF document to be signed(100MB max)
  • Specify the email addresses of the others that need to sign the document
  • Select a due date
  • Enter a message in the email dialog box
  • Sign the document. Recipients are notified that the document is ready for signature. Each party is able to review the document on the website and then can click to sign.

All parties will be notified when the document has been fully executed and can download a certified copy to archive. This new service has great potential for improving efficiencies and providing certified documents for a wide number of Education-specific requirements.

Uses for Education

Internal: documents that must be distributed and moved quickly through the institution can benefit from this. Documents such as agreements, contracts, course loads, requisitions, reviews, proposals, PTO requests, are just a few.

External: such things as permission slips, syllabu agreements, report cards, assignments, and research projects, anything that can benefit from a signature and accompanying certification is a good candidate.

ePortfolios: with more and more schools considering portfolio initiatives this is a great way to provide a certified copy of an artifact or submission to present to accreditation committees or potential employers. When used in conjunction Acrobat’s PDF Portfolio tool, students, administration, and faculty can now create and share a customized collection of documents including digitally signed and certified ones.

Acceptability of eSignatures:

Unlike paper documents, when a document is executed using Adobe eSignatures, it is certified to provide additional assurance that the document has not changed since it was signed. If you subsequently open the document in AdobeĀ® ReaderĀ® or Adobe Acrobat you’ll see a blue ribbon at the top of the screen. If someone modifies a document after it has been signed, Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat will detect that something has changed and the blue ribbon will no longer appear.

Adobe eSignatures complies with both the US ESign Act of 2000 and the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA). According the US ESign Act, "signatures and records cannot be denied legal validity simply because they are electronic.”

Give it a try. Adobe is interested in your feedback. You may reply to this forum or directly to the Adobe eSignatures forum.