I often use Google Docs to facilitate digital learning, its an online cloud platform that has its hooks in all of the mainstream device types like Android, Mac and PC. This online cloud platform is designed for file hosting and office productivity type activities.
An example of use is working on an assignment with your peers at the same time, anytime one person makes a change to the document it is immediately saved and updated to anyone else viewing or editing the document.
Strengths of using Google Docs as a digital learning technology:
- Collaboration capabilities, sharing work in one easy to manage place.
- Everyone can see whats happening easily.
- Easy sharing of large files.
- High compatibility with devices = high accessibility.
- Sharing is an all or nothing policy if you allow editing meaning some one could mess up the document and you have to fix it wasting time if its a regular thing.
- Ease of access means ease of plagiarism.
- Needing to have people's emails to allow them to edit.
- Could be used to easily give students access to a chunk of files without having to host them on EITOnline which is a very slow service.
- The spreadsheet function could be used to keep track of students and allow them to check off their own work in the spreadsheet, this could be used to help the student keep up and the lecturer to understand where everyone is up to.
- Google could take ownership of your files via some bogus terms of service.
- Your files could be lost.
- Your google account could be hacked/stolen.