Group work guide

This is straight up a page that the amazing people at ODEE made for one of my online-only classes.  Grab and use whatever is useful!


Group Work and Collaboration Options Guide


Throughout the semester, students will be working in groups to complete the Grant Proposal Project. In order for this project to go effectively, students will need resources to communicate and collaborate with each other.

What to do: Review this page to find resources you might collaborate throughout this course as you work through your group project.

Authoring Documents

Students have multiple ways to collaborate to author documents. The following are just a few of the ways this can be accomplished:

  •  Carmen Collaborations
    • Within Carmen, students have the ability to collaboratively author documents using Collaborations (Office365). The Collaborations tool stores documents directly in Carmen. All documents created via the Collaborations tool in Carmen are able to be accessed by the instructor.
    • Using Collaborations, students are able to collaborate via Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    • Students provide access to documents only to other students in the course.
    • Students do not need to be members of a group
    • The benefit of using Carmen Collaborations is that a working document can be attached directly to an assignment in Carmen
    • View the instructions to start a collaboration in a group
      • Note: The instructions state Carmen defaults to Google Docs however, students now have access to Office365 which is now the default collaboration tool.
  • BuckeyeBox
    • Similar to Carmen Collaborations, BuckeyeBox is another way for students to collaborate when authoring documents. While Carmen Collaborations are only able to be shared with students within the course, BuckeyeBox documents can be shared with anyone in or outside the university.
  • GoogleDocs
    • Similar to using Carmen Collaborations or BuckeyeBox, GoogleDocs is another way students can collaborate to author documents as part of the Grant Proposal Project
    • Using GoogleDocs, students will need to submit the URL of the document to the assignment instead of embedding the document directly into the assignment as is possible using BuckeyeBox or Collaborations

Authoring Surveys

Students may need to author surveys to gather information. The following may be used to accomplish this task:

  •  SurveyMonkey
    • Create and deploy surveys to allow data to be collected and synthesized
    • Sign-up for free account
      • Unlimited number of surveys
      • 10 questions per survey
      • 100 responses per survey
  • Google Forms
    • Collaboratively create surveys
    • Responses are automatically organized and analyzed on charts
      • Data can also be viewed in Google Sheets
    • Different question types including branching and question skipping logic


It may become necessary for students to be able to communicate with each other outside of just authoring documents. The following are a few ways students may communicate outside of authoring documents:

  • Email
  • Group Text
  • Group Discussion
    • As part of being in a group, Carmen allows students to create discussion forums within their group. These discussions can be set up by topic, etc. similar to a discussion assignment in the course.
    • View the instructions to create group discussions
  • GroupMe
    • GroupMe is an online group communication tool similar to group texting. In addition to using the tool online, GroupMe is also available as an app.
  • Other
    • Students may also find their own app to use to communicate directly with group members


In addition to text-based communication, students may find it beneficial to speak directly to each other. Canvas allows students to participate in web conferences utilizing the built-in conference tool CarmenZoom. It may be beneficial throughout the semester to schedule web conferences with members of your group.

Using Groups

Your instructor has created groups to assist in completing the requirements of the Grant Proposal Project. Within groups, students may:

There are two ways to access your group:


To be successful in completing the Grant Proposal Project, students will need to keep their collaborative documents organized. One way to accomplish this is by using BuckeyeBox.

To utilize Box for organizing project documents, select one group member who will be responsible for setting up the folder.

  1. Go to
    • You can also click the BuckeyeBox link in the left navigation to open Box within Carmen
  2. Log into Box with your name.# and university password
  3. Once logged into Box, click the New button at the top right of the screen
    • A dropdown box of options will be shown
    • Click the Folder option
  4. Provide a name for the folder that will give context to what the folder will be used for e.g., HTHRHSC 4450 Group Project.
  5. Enter the email addresses of fellow group members
    • Names may be entered into the Invite People box which will find matching entries
    • Click the name of the group members you want to invite to the shared Box folder
  6. Enter the email address of your instructor
    • Your working Box folder must be accessible by your instructor
  7. Make sure the Permission option is set to Editor
  8. Click the Create button to create your Box folder

Example videos

Here are some videos I’ve made for past courses. You don’t need to watch the whole thing, but each was recorded in a different way.  These may help you get ideas for creating content for your courses.  All of these videos are hosted in Mediasite, with the visibility set to Everyone.

Link validation in Carmen

This video was recorded with Mediasite Screencast + Audio

Video (2 minutes)


This video was made with screen recording on an iPad.

Video (3 minutes)

Push up test

This video was made with the rear facing camera on an iPad, and the audio was added later with iMovie. You could just as easily do this with an iPhone.

Video (48 seconds)

Pitting Edema

This video just uses the rear camera on the iPad.  That’s it. Any smartphone would work too.

Video (36 seconds)

Sensitivity and Specificity

This video was made with the Explain EDU app on an iPad.

Video (5 minutes)

Ready to get started?

How-to Google Docs

Suddenly using Google Docs to work with others?  Rather than recreate the wheel, I will point you to the pros in how-to guides,

Google Docs Logo

And honestly they have so, so many great guides.  Check out the search results for “Google Docs” on their site here.

Off campus library access

Having trouble finding the full text of articles?  The university library has access to a wealth of information, but if you’re off campus, there are a couple extra clicks to get there.

If you go to the library website and see the following, click the red icon next to Off Campus

image of library page when off campus

It will redirect you to the single sign-on page, and then back to the library home page.  Now you have access to everything just as if you were on campus!

library page signed in

How-to Zoom: an ongoing guide

Zoom (called CarmenZoom at Ohio State) is a web conferencing tool like WebEx or any other you’ve already used.  Zoom was adopted by the university this past fall, and it’s straightforward to use for audio-only or audio and video meetings.  Up to 300 people can attend a single Zoom meeting, and participants can view the meeting from any device.  You can share your screen, your webcam, or both simultaneously.

Download my ever-evolving Zoom Quick Start Guide v7

Watch a two minute Zoom recording here

Get up and running:

  1. Test Zoom on your device
  2. Login to CarmenZoom
  3. Download Zoom for any device or operating system

Zoom tutorials:

Other fun things with Zoom

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