In class settings, students have reported that they enjoy being able to participate in writing as well as by speaking. Faculty often use technology for collaboration during group work, which tends to be more successful if students have a collaborative product to present or turn in after working together. Posting links to shared documents, slides, or jamboards on Moodle makes it easy for your students to find their files during class and refer back to them later.
All Reed faculty and students have access to a variety of Google products, which allow real-time collaboration. Reed faculty use Google Docs in a variety of ways.
- At the beginning of class, share a link to a Google Doc with a question to use as a sign-in sheet. Be sure students either use the “suggesting” mode or sign their name to their response.
- Have groups record their work collaboratively using Google Docs. If you are working synchronously, create a single document with a page assigned to each group using page breaks (Insert>Break>Page break).
- Create a template for students to complete either individually or in groups. Share a copy link with students so that they can copy the template, fill it in, and then share it back with you, group members, or the entire class.
Faculty can create a slide deck with a slide for each group. Groups answer questions, take notes, or add media to slides, which can then be projected for the entire class.
Use the Google Jamboard app to create collaborative whiteboards. Like Google Slides, you can create a new frame for each group.