Monday, July 5, 2010

Summer Courses with a Splash of Google Docs


This has been a very interesting summer so far. I am teaching two courses online (Fundamentals of Human Communication & Organizational Communication) and it has been a great experience so far. Teaching two courses vis blackboard is very time consuming, but I started using Google Docs for every student assignment.

One of the courses is working on a small group-based assignment on organizations and communication technology and the other course is working on speech outlines (an individual assignment).

It was a hard transition at first, but I value having the ability to see the students' progress on the assignments and to make comments on their document. In addition, a few weeks ago(after I created the initial assignments), Google updated their documents program to include a ruled margin and the ability of editors to make comments on the side of the document.

Recently, I started using an iPad to view students' work. This is GREAT, but I cannot edit or make comments on students' work. I ALWAYS have comments (usually 15+ per paper) on students' work. I hope Google and Apple work something out soon.

More reflection to follow. Have you used Google Documents in your classroom or in your library training sessions? How do you use it?

J. Edwards

Millennial Professor

Jennifer T. Edwards, Ed.D.

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