How Can Google Docs Help Foster Productive Collaboration?
This presentation will show you how Google Docs can be one of the most effective teaching tools around. With Google Docs, you’ll be able to increase student-to-student and student-to-faculty communication, deepen your students’ connection to course content, and help them start learning the important skill of collaboration.
Use Cloud-Based Technology to Improve Your Teaching
Collaborative learning is associated with a host of benefits, including:
- Enhancing student learning
- Getting students more involved in class and with course content
- Helping students learn how to work in groups and become comfortable with diversity
- Increasing student-student and student-faculty interaction
But there’s one very big problem with group work—managing it.
Once you’ve divided your class into groups to work on writing, presentations, or other assignments, how can you monitor student activities and gauge the effectiveness of their collaboration?
The answer is obvious—let technology help. Thanks to teaching tools like Google Docs, it’s easier than ever to make collaborative learning a more prominent part of your teaching.
Find out what cloud-based services can do for you and your students in How Can Google Docs Help Foster Productive Collaboration?, a Magna 20-Minute Mentor with James M. Lang, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and an English professor at Assumption College.
In just 20 minutes, Lang will show you:
- How to use Google Docs to create and share documents and presentations with students
- Different techniques for monitoring group work using Google Docs
- Effective strategies using technology to provide and resolve comments on students’ work
Course content isn’t all students learn during their college years. They also learn how to learn—and work—with others, skills that are essential for success in their professional and personal lives.
Help your students start learning the lifelong skill of collaboration – and get more out of your course. Order this Magna 20 Minute Mentor today!
Product Code: PM14MA | Recorded 8/18/14
Have you ever thought the secret to teaching through collaborative learning is the ability to be in more than one place at a time?
Google Docs lets you do that … to a certain extent. This web-based freeware lets you monitor student progress on group work synchronously and asynchronously.
With Google Docs, you don’t have to depend on peer evaluations or chance observation to review student collaboration before an activity is completed.
This technology lets you divide students into groups, set them loose on a task, such as writing documents or developing presentations, and still monitor and comment on each student’s work individually.
How Can Google Docs Help Foster Productive Collaboration? will show specific ways the teaching tools of the 21st century can help you be the sort of instructor you always wanted to be.
Employing a very direct and easy-to-follow speaking style, Lang, a widely published author, will discuss:
- The three main challenges of group work and how Google Docs helps you meet them
- The three key decisions you need to make when starting to work with Google Docs
- The four characteristics of a well-designed group work task
- The four most useful Google Docs teaching tools for collaborative learning
After participating in this presentation, you’ll be able to:
- Use features of Google Docs, especially monitoring and commenting, to promote collaboration
- Recognize opportunities that will make effective group work projects for collaborative learning
Design a collaborative learning project that can be started and completed in a single class or continue for several classes
Maybe it was the student you suspected was coasting on the work of other team members …
Or the bored looks on the faces of the superefficient students who’d finished their project and were waiting for others to catch up …
If you’ve ever tried including collaborative learning in your teaching and have been frustrated by the challenge of keeping tabs on different groups, then this Magna 20 Minute Mentor will address your concerns.
James M. Lang, Ph.D. is professor of English and the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College.
He is the author of Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard UP, 2013), On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2013), and Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year (Johns Hopkins UP, 2005).
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