I’ve been using Google docs to store my assignments and teaching resources for a few years now, not to mention for sharing those documents across FYWP. This semester, however, I’ll be integrating Google docs more fully into my courses as a replacement for WebCT. For each class, I’ve built a website with a corresponding calendar embedded in it to list when readings and assignments are due. Student work will be submitted, peer reviewed, and graded using collections (ie, folders) in Google docs, one per student, and those collections will be created and administered by me to prevent accidental sharing or removal of documents.
If there’s interest in this experiment, I’ll be happy to say more about it and give a demonstration at our FYWP faculty meeting later this week. And perhaps I’ll use this space throughout the semester to provide updates on how the experiment is going.
Here’s an example of a class website for WR101. You’ll need to be logged into your own Emerson-specific Google docs account to view it.