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.

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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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