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Google Docs


Google Docs is a document management service. It is designed to store documents and files that may be shared or emailed to anyone. Google Docs can synchronize with other Google products, such as Google Sites and gmail.

Research findings from faculty and student interviews and surveys have shown that course organization is one of the main challenges in online courses. Google Docs is a mechanism for sharing course related documents while encouraging student collaboration on those documents.


Please click below for an audio of the introduction to Google Docs.


Instructions on How to Use Google Docs

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to Google Docs.


Please click below for video demonstrations of how to use Google Docs

Demo: Introducing a new Google Docs

Demo: How to use Google Docs (includes Use Google Docs for research, Revision history in Google Docs, Chat with collaborators in Google Docs, Sharing options in Google Docs, Importing files to Google Docs, and many other videos)

Technical Requirements and Where to Access Google Docs

No specific hardware or software is required to use Google Docs. Google Docs will work with any operating system and Internet browser.


Go to www.docs.google.com to access Google Docs and manage your documents.


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Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents.  Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available. 


e-Tool Review Results

Faculty e-Tool Review Results
Number of faculty reviewers: 1

A member of the project research and design team has used this e-tool in a course. Google Docs allows a professor to share a document or presentation with a group of people. Google Docs also makes it easy for students to collaborate with each other on a document. The ease of collaboration between students increases the engagement of students in a course. This tool works best when all the participants have broadband Internet access. It does not document the evolution of a document (as Track Changes does in Microsoft Word) or offer the same formatting options as computer-based applications.