Collaboration tools

This last two weeks of classes has seen a million deadlines piling up on me. Last week, presentations and papers had to be finished. With everyone of us having different classes and thus, different schedules, group meetings are a challenge to organize. While there are times when on-site meetings are extremely necessary, other tasks usually have a technology solution.

Google, as you may know, has a whole suite of productivity tools. Google docs has been frequently used by a number of different groups to create and edit a number of papers. It has proved very useful for everyone to be up-to-date without hundreds of emails.

Another amazing tool we used is the free screen sharing site The free version allows people to collaborate without having to meet. One person can share his screen with his group. The group can then chat or call a number to conference call with the entire team. We recently used it to finalize and rehearse a presentation we gave last week.

This are just a few of the free technology options available. If there are others that you recommend, feel free to share them!

Good luck with finals everyone!

2 thoughts on “Collaboration tools”

  1. Hi Erik-ray… Fisher will be offering SharePoint team/group site services next quarter. This fall quarter, we’ve piloted successfully with 1st year MBA cohort groups, and we’ll be expanding to all grad programs for ad-hoc teams in Fisher courses sometime during winter quarter… more details to come.

    If you’re not familiar with SharePoint here’s a brief description:

    A SharePoint site is a secure, private, college-hosted, web-based tool that provides a central storage and collaboration space for documents, information, and ideas. A SharePoint site helps teams of people share information and work together. For example, a SharePoint site can help you:

    * Coordinate projects, calendars, and schedules
    * Discuss ideas and review/work on documents or proposals
    * Share information and keep in touch with other people

  2. Thanks Shaun. I have actually heard of it but have not used it. It’s good to know that it’ll be available for everyone next quarter. How can we get access to it?

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