Best Collaboration Tools | A Partner Presentation for Business Writing

The first project I assigned to my Business Writing students this semester is a partner-collaborated white paper report with a number of deliverables. The first is a Professional Profile that helps the students get to know one another and (inadvertently) introduce them to resumes and the concept of personal branding. The profiles (which each include a list of skills, personality traits, preferred paths for the project, as well as professional photos)are posted to our course site for everyone to see. Students then contact each other via email requests, acceptances, and rejections to form partner-teams.

After teaming up, their second deliverable is a Collaboration Tool Presentation, described below:

Collaboration Tool Presentation | Inspired by the topic of social media and the collaborative nature of this project, your first team assignment is to give a 5-7 minute introduction and tutorial to an online collaboration tool. Entertain us! Convince us! Show us how this tool might be useful for other partner-teams in our class as they compose Project 1. Most importantly, keep us with you and help us feel confident in getting started with the tool. Your team will present on one of the following:

  1. Doodle
  2. Spaaze
  3. Google Docs
  4. PB Works
  5. Skype
  6. Facebook
  7. Tumblr
  8. WordPress
  9. Scribblar
  10. Prezi
  11. Second Life
  12. Wiggio
  13. Meebo
  14. Snipia
  15. ProjectPier
  16. The Brain
  17. Chatter
  18. Dropbox
  19. Open Atrium
  20. Convofy

An awesome resource to have students “play” with for homework is the “Best Online Collaboration Tools of 2012.” Enjoy!

About taylo206

I am an Assistant Professor of Composition, Rhetoric and Professional Writing at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
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5 Responses to Best Collaboration Tools | A Partner Presentation for Business Writing

  1. dan Raban says:

    Great list, also check http://http://www.binfire.com/pricing/ which provides great collaboration and management tools for remote teams.

  2. Up to best of my experience, Google Docs, Skype, WordPress & Dropbox are the most finest and user-friendly resources available.

  3. Pingback: A Multimodal Tools Challenge | Fragment/Framework

  4. Great site you have got here.. It’s difficult to find quality writing like yours nowadays. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

  5. Shandra Hung says:

    What makes it challenging? If the technical aspects are near the edge of your ability Acevedo

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