With Canvas now fully implemented, you’ll find one more use for your Google Apps account… I should say your Emerson Google Apps account (google.emerson.edu), not your personal Gmail account.
We’ve been busy testing how the two play together when used at the same time, within the same browser, and we feel it can be a bit convoluted. To simplify your life a bit, we recommend either:
a) opening Canvas in a different browser than what you check your Gmail in, or
b) simply logging out of your personal Gmail account before you log into Canvas.
Both of these will save you a lot of frustration if you decide you want to use the collaboration tools available in Canvas. As always, feel free to call the HelpDesk at x8080 if you have any additional questions.
Eager to learn some advanced ways to harness Google’s search capabilities?
Join the Iwasaki Library and the Instructional Technology Group on Wednesday, February 29th and learn how to “Google Like a Librarian.” We will dive into some advanced search techniques, tips for site evaluation, and research tools such as Google Scholar and Google Books. Seats are limited, please email Christina Dent to reserve one. Details are as follows:
What: Google Like a Librarian Workshop
When: 02/29/2012, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Where: Iwasaki Library Classroom (Walker Building)
Who: Emerson faculty, staff, and students
For more information, please contact Christina Dent.
Sponsored by Library with Instructional Technology Group.
“I’ve never used Google Scholar or Google Books, so I’m very excited to use them now that the workshop taught me about them. I’m also psyched to make my regular Google searches more efficient.”
“THIS WAS GREAT. THANK YOU!”
“A good amount of time, and enough of a taste, leaving me wanting to know more, but not right then.”
On October 20th, ITG and Iwasaki Library staff ran an interactive one hour workshop that dove into advanced search techniques, tips for site evaluation, and research tools such as Google Scholar and Google Books.
Due to demand, we will be offering this again!
Students: December 1st from 7-8:15 pm
Faculty and staff: February 29th, time TBA.
Collaborate / Mark / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Via ProfHacker, an interesting study titled Sharing and Collaborating With Google Docs: Influence of Psychological Ownership, Responsibility, and Student’s Attitudes on Outcome Quality (PDF).
Their summary states:
“Participants in all groups believed that collaboration improved the document quality. However, evaluation of the real contribution of collaboration was asymmetrical – students felt that while they did not exacerbate the document they read or edited, others worsened their own document by reading, suggesting or editing it. We therefore suggest that collaborative learning may be improved by encouraging collaboration mainly through suggesting and receiving improvements and less by editing each others’ writing.”
61% of Emerson students report having used Google Docs in the classroom, and 20% report using wikis. Does this finding change your view of how they should be used? Take our new poll and tell us how you feel your best writing happens!