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Learning in the Cloud with Google Docs

Wed, December 01, 2010 9:06 AM | Ranelle Maltas (Administrator)
For the past six months, I’ve been writing these articles. I type them up in Google Docs and then share it with David Jacobs, Vice President of Communications. It’s so easy to either type in Google Docs or upload a Microsoft Word file. Then I click the Share button and pick David out of my contact list. He then has access to the document where he can edit and save or copy/paste into the newsletter. It has worked very well for us since neither one needs access to a specific email account, just the Internet, which we can access from anywhere. I’ve worked on articles at home, on vacation and in the office.

You may be asking yourself, “What does this have to do with training technology?” Let me ask you a question, “Do you work with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and require them to provide you information for your training?” If the answer is “yes,” I have the answer you’re looking for. Google Docs. The SME can type/upload the file to Google Docs where you can edit to make it more understandable to the lay-person.

Do you have more than one trainer working on the same training? Google Docs allows you to share the training materials as you work on them. When you need to share the documentation with a new trainer or if it’s a handout, you can share it with the learners without printing on paper.

I could go on, but I hope this has sparked your imagination. Also, Google Docs is not the only answer. It’s just the one I use. There is also Zoho Docs, Microsoft Office Live (Skydrive), Adobe Buzzword, TitanPad, Entri, and collabedit just to name a few. Each have their own benefits. Not every option may work for you, but give it a try. You may become addicted to sharing!

Want to check out this article on Google Docs? Visit http://tinyurl.com/28apupp. Just so you know, I made it public to view, but not edit. Sorry folks.
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