When they’re finished, they simply download the finished file as a PDF or zip file with the La Te X source and supporting files.
This met the goals of Purdue – they were able to provide their La Te X template to students in an easy to use format, which in-turn, persuaded more students to use La Te X, which in-turn eased the thesis writing process for students, which in-turn, saved the Purdue Graduate School staff a lot of time!
They started looking for La Te X options – they wanted an ‘off the shelf’ solution that would allow students to start using their La Te X template right away – without having to install and learn the La Te X programming language.
Andy Hughes, a thesis format reviewer in the Electrical Engineering Department came across Overleaf and was impressed. Andy Hughes, Manager of Web and Multimedia Services, Electrical Engineering Department says: “I looked at several different La Te X authoring tools and Overleaf was by far the best.
Overleaf further supported the effort by attending the sessions live and via webex.
Having Overleaf available ‘live’ to explain and help launch the service was beneficial.
Through this portal, the students and faculty also had access to multiple templates relevant to Purdue students, faculty and researchers.
This not only included the thesis template, but templates for scientific journal submissions and standard papers.
La Te X composes the document for students based on the template layout – so there is much less work required on the back-end for formatting.
However, with the traditional La Te X template, the hurdle was the learning curve and accessibility of La Te X itself.