Google Docs to Foster Collaboration

A session at 9th Annual e-Learning 2.0 Conference

Friday 25th March, 2011

10:00am to 10:50am (EST)

Group work. Educators know that the process is beneficial on a number of levels: students become interested and stay on task, teams set and meet goals, peer review, and is the basis for real-world applications. But students hate it. Not necessarily the idea of group work, but how to manage the project: who does what?, when to meet?, who’s in charge?, what do I have to do?, how dependent is my grade on the performance of the rest of the team? Teams do better in complex decision-making exercises and everyone has personal blind spots. By working collaboratively students become more engaged in the material, the final product becomes better, peer review assessment opportunities increase, and students gain valuable skills they can apply to real-world experiences. The University of Delaware adopted GoogleApps for Education to facilitate and reduce stress typically associated with group work. The level of assignment complexity can be modified for a simple assignment or semester-long project. In this session we’ll explore the steps and Google Docs tools that can be used to facilitate group work:
- Folder: to collect project work,
- Document: to outline project including thesis statement, audience, goal and division of labor,
- Form/Spreadsheet: to collect and crunch data. Data is supplied via a web form and processed in the back-end spreadsheet,
- Drawing: to create mindmaps for brainstorming or graphic illustrations,
- Presentation: to pull it all together for presentation as a slideshow via the web, or exported for display offline or digital submission.

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Time 10:00am10:50am EST

Date Fri 25th March 2011

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