Collaborative Documents

Collaborative documents can be authored and edited by many people, either synchronously or asynchronously. Applications like Google Suite, Office 365, and Box make it easy to share files, give feedback on them, and access them at any time from any location.

How can I use collaborative documents in my classes?

There are a couple of benefits to using collaborative documents in your course: They create opportunities for student-to-student interaction, and they make it easier for you to share and make updates to files that you use in multiple courses.

Peer Review

Have students share files and add feedback (comments, annotations, and suggested edits) to one another’s drafts.

Collaborative Editing

Have students work together online but in real time to create documents as part of a group project.

Embedded Documents

Embed a document in Blackboard or a website, then any changes you make to it will automatically appear in that site.

Remote File Access

Have students gather artifacts (images, text, video, etc.) during fieldwork or study abroad and add them to a shared file.

What applications should I use?

The University of Maine System currently supports two collaborative document authoring and sharing applications.

Google Suite

Google Suite has many options for collaborative document authoring: Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites, MyMaps, Drawings, and MindMup.

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Box allows you to share files and edit them collaboratively using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).

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