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.
Students have multiple ways to collaborate to author documents. The following are just a few of the ways this can be accomplished:
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
Note: The instructions state Carmen defaults to Google Docs however, students now have access to Office365 which is now the default collaboration tool.
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.
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
Students may need to author surveys to gather information. The following may be used to accomplish this task:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Your instructor has created groups to assist in completing the requirements of the Grant Proposal Project. Within groups, students may: