Places, tools and tips to help you complete group projects

It’s crunch time, you have three papers and two group projects due, 4 final exams coming up, several sports games to win, and a few parties to attend. Here are some resources that can help you collaborate with your classmates to get things done faster and better:

Group Work Space:

  • Collaboration stations in the Milne Library common area: These new areas have power outlets, and a way to connect your laptop to a large screen to let your whole group see your power point slides.
  • Group study rooms on the lower level in Milne: These rooms give your group a little more privacy, but are available on a first come first serve basis and are very popular.
  • Milne Library classrooms: Our classrooms are available for student use whenever a class or meeting is not scheduled. Check the schedule screens outside each room or the online schedule

Online Tools:

  • Google Docs and Spreadsheets: Create documents, spreadsheets and presentations that you can easily share with your colleagues and edit together. No more worrying about who has the latest copy of your presentation!
  • Google Calendar: Coordinate your schedules to find a good time to meet.
  • Ta-da lists: A simple list making web applicaiton that allows you to share a list of tasks (or item to be purchased, or people to talk to, or books to read, etc.) Each group member can check off their task when they’re done.


About Bonnie J. M. Swoger
Science Librarian at SUNY Geneseo, a small, public liberal arts college. I am interested in scientific communication in general and how we teach students about how scientists share information.

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