Thu, 16 Aug, 2012
What can you do to further increase collaborative learning in traditional, blended, and online courses? Try using Google Docs.
Google Docs has a several options (and tons of templates). You can create a document that allows simultaneous typing, editing, and critiquing.
First you must have a Google account. Second, select Google Documents or Google Drive (Google Drive will replace the Google Documents name later this year). Click <strong>Create</strong> and then select <strong>Document</strong>.
Begin by creating a title for the resulting document. Once you have titled the document, you will need to modify the share settings in the top right hand corner of your screen.
<a href="http://campbellde.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Google-Docs-Share-Settings.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220" title="Google Docs Share Settings" src="http://campbellde.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Google-Docs-Share-Settings.png" alt="" width="760" height="395" /></a>This screen will provide you the URL for your students to access the document. To allow the students to view and edit the document, you must change the <strong>Share Settings</strong> (or permissions) to allow access and editing privileges. The default is set to <strong>Private</strong>.
<a href="http://campbellde.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Google-Docs-Collaboration-Settings.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221" title="Google Docs Collaboration Settings" src="http://campbellde.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Google-Docs-Collaboration-Settings.png" alt="" width="694" height="501" /></a>
Once you choose the appropriate <strong>Share Settings</strong> and publish the URL link of the document for your students, they will be able to simultaneously collaborate on a writing assignment. For easier access for your students, include the document link in your Blackboard course.
To learn more about Google Docs click here.
Director of Distance Education