Online Tools for Group Projects: Communicate and Collaborate

PR Program students are well aware that group projects are an important part of courses. Group project challenges can include the scheduling of group meetings at mutually convenient times and the creation of one cohesive final project from the individual contributions of each group member.

Luckily, a number of free online tools can help with these challenges. These are just a few of the many online tools available to make your group projects easier to manage.

If a group member is unable to make it in person for a meeting, use Skype to have them join virtually using the voice or video call features. Skype also has a screen sharing feature. Group video calling and group screen sharing are also available through Skype’s Premium Service.

Google Docs is a cloud computing service for creating, sharing, and editing documents online. It also allows for real-time collaboration with other users. Google Docs works on PC, Mac, and Linux platforms, and supportsĀ  formats such as .doc, .xls, .ppt, and .pdf.

Dropbox is a web-based file hosting service that also uses cloud computing. Dropbox allows users to store and share files and folders with each other. Each user gets 2GB of storage for free and there are subscriptions available for storage up to 100GB. By sharing folders, each group member can work together on the same documents.

Good luck on the ‘virtual’ collaboration!


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