Google Docs: Collaboration Made Easy

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Google Docs: Collaboration Made Easy

  1. 1. Google Docs Collaboration Made Easy Rosalind Tedford Asst. Head for Research and Instruction  Z. Smith Reynolds Library Wake Forest University tedforrl@wfu.edu  roztedford@gmail.com
  2. 2. What Are Google Docs?     <ul><ul><li>  http://docs.google.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online, collaborative documents  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Word Processor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spreadsheet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Forms (dump into spreadsheet) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Can share to anyone with a Google account </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Versioning  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commenting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Imports from/Exports to Office  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continually being improved  </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. How we use them at Wake Forest <ul><ul><li>Event Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scheduling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting Agendas/Minutes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference Presentations  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For-Credit Classes (syllabus and graded work)  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Reference Statistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Processing of Documents </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Good           The Bad & The Ugly <ul><ul><li>FREE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Saves times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short learning curve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy web forms  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Constantly improving the features    </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be used to teach students an important tool  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must have a Google Account </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data lives with Google (is an offline widget) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Occasional issues with simultaneous editing   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can get document build-up  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Constantly improving the features  </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Want to get started? <ul><ul><li>Start with a small project (like planning a party) and focus on how Google Docs will save time, etc.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get everyone together to set them up a Google account if they don't have it already </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Let them take it from there </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Questions?  Examples of other uses? <ul><li>Rosalind Tedford  tedforrl@wfu.edu </li></ul>

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