Tanya’s Google Drive Story
- There are MANY uses for Google Drive / Docs! — personal life, calendars, gift ideas, national / international organizations, project management, tracking hours on various client projects, etc.
- Advantage: Drive and Docs are accessible and editable anywhere – phone, internet, etc.
- Constant updates with Google (and all software now) requires a new approach to course organization — you and students both need to roll with changes and updates, and evolve more quickly.
- Course was organized into a narrative/syllabus of linked documents, but she also suggests a level of course folder organization (vs flat file structure).
- The collaborative nature of Google Docs/Drive should also extend to students, to increase their sense of course ownership. Let them comment, edit, and even collaboratively create course content and policies.
- Over 95% of Wisconsin K-12 schools are Google schools, so undergraduates are generally already familiar.
- Course docs can be “live” and change with student/class needs. Be sure to set expectations with students and communicate changes and reasons.
- Linking between and within Google Docs is super useful! (e.g. Table of Contents feature)