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How Can Google Docs Help Foster Productive Collaboration?

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.

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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

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