Google and Blackboard

Thu, 16 Aug, 2012    blackboardcollaborationgooglesimultaneous

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.

Katherine Spradley
Director of Distance Education
Campbell University