John Martin from DoIT Academic Technology shared how to use Google Apps in D2L. We covered all the embedding techniques and discuss advantages and disadvantages. Ideas:
- Collaborative Lesson Planning and Course File organization
- Sign up sheet for presentations
- Google Hangouts for Office hours (and group office hours, and study sessions from home, etc.)
- Formative and Summative feedback (beginning of course student info survey, pre-assessments, “muddiest point” feedback, etc.)
- Peer review / assessment (for presentations, writing, etc.)
- Student collaborations and peer feedback
- Hangouts for short guest lecture
- Google Sites for class projects
- Blogger for more authentic (public-facing) assignment sharing/reporting
- YouTube for student videos or lecture capture
- Videos shared to Google Drive have robust sharing control
- Maps to situate: dailygenius.com/google-maps-learning-logs
- Slides for embeddable Choose-Your-Own Adventure style projects (here)
John’s Google Apps Story
- Google’s robust sharing system is its biggest asset for instructors. Drive files maintain edibility so instructors can make last minute changes/updates as needed, without having to download/re-upload them. Sharing can be set so students have Edit rights (e.g. signup sheets), View-only rights (e.g. readings) — or Comment rights (e.g. assignments) that trigger immediate notifications.
- Have students forward the Google Forms “completion email” (or email completion screenshot) to instructor to give students credit for anonymous feedback. Or, have the completion note link to a “for credit” survey where they enter their name for credit.
- Be open with students when trying a new tool/method; enlist them as co-conspirators/researchers in the quest to improve the course. This builds agency/ownership of the class, and enlists them in a philanthropic activity (for future generations of students).
- D2L handles embedding differently in different areas — course content just needs a link to the Google doc to embed it, whereas News items require an iframe.
- URL shorteners generally do not work for embedding.