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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:
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.
Ever taken a photo of a document so you don’t lose the details? I have- I’ve got the invite to an upcoming birthday party on my phone, because my toddler adores the invitation itself and I have no idea where it’s hiding. Taking a picture of text preserves the information, but doesn’t make the information searchable. When you need to reference more than the date and time of a party, use Adobe Scan for iPad® and iPhone®.
Launch the Apple App Store on your device and search for “Adobe Scan”
Once downloaded, open the app. You’ll need to sign in with your OSU name.#, though it isn’t immediately obvious how to do that. Because the university provides this resource for all faculty, staff, and students, your email@example.com is your Adobe ID. Tap on Already have an Adobe ID? Sign in or sign up
Type your OSU firstname.lastname@example.org and then tap Continue You’ll be redirected to OSU’s single sign on page. You know what to do there!
When you return to the app, you’ll need to grant Adobe Scan permission to access the camera. This is crucial- the app needs to access the camera to function. Tap OK
Adobe Scan will also ask to send you notifications. Whether or not you allow notifications is entirely up to you.
You’re set! As the app suggests, just tap on the screen and Adobe Scan will take the picture for you.
If Adobe Scan doesn’t detect the borders the way you want, you can adjust them. Touch and hold the blue circles or rectangles to adjust the borders. Tap Continue when you’re done editing the borders. Note, you can rotate the image later if you need to.
When you’re done taking photos, tap the small icon in the bottom right corner. The number represents the number of images you have captured.
Now you can add pages, reorder your images, crop, rotate, clean up, or delete a page before you save the file. Edit the filename by tapping on the pencil next to the date- in this image, it’s Scan Nov 14, 2019
That’s it! You can continue to create documents by tapping on the camera icon in the bottom right corner.
To move the file to Box or any other app, tap the Share icon and then select Share a Copy which pops up at the bottom of the screen after you tap the Share icon.
Adobe Scan is great for scanning:
receipts for reimbursement
documents that require a signature
any paper copy of a document that you want students to access
the cover of instruction manuals or product guides that you probably don’t need, but don’t want to just throw away