Tip Sheet: Writing in Class in a Virtual Learning Environment
How can you make in-class writing a part of your course?
Option 1: Google Docs
- share their writing with the instructor in a Google doc
- write collaboratively with each other in a Google doc
If using a doc during class:
- It may be helpful to pre-fill the doc before class with specific questions or prompts and then share it with the class. Canvas has a Collaborations features which automates this sharing.
Consider whether to use a doc for the entire class, for group activities, or for individual writing activities.
- Using a doc for group activities:
- The instructor can ask students to
- make a copy of the pre-filled doc for their group
- share their doc at the outset of the activity or when the activity is finished.
In a shared doc, ask students to include their name before or after their entry.
The instructor can monitor the groups’ docs in real time or review them after class.
As an alternative to Google Docs and Collaborations, students can use Microsoft 365 Word. This offers Word to them in a way that is collaborative, meaning it can also be visible to you and peers if needed.