An introduction to collaborating online

As a Deakin student, you are going to be communicating and collaborating regularly in our online spaces. To help you have the best experience, we’ve put together some resources and tips.

Collaboration

Learning to work in a team or group is an important skill.  Deakin offers you the opportunity to develop this skill across the course of your studies. Group work is a good way to meet new people and discover fresh ways of thinking, working and learning.

When you start working with a new group of people, it is essential to acknowledge that all group members bring different skills and experiences.  Getting to know the group’s skills and background will help to designate tasks, roles and responsibilities based on interest, skills and experience.

Collaborative tools

There are many useful collaborative tools and platforms to assist with group assignments and online collaboration. Below we have put together a table of some of our favourites to assist you to choose the best tool/s for your assignment. A combination of a few different tools may be required. Find out more about Deakin’s Digital Study tools.

Things to consider:

  1. What features do I need for my group assignment? (See the table for examples)
  2. What tools are my group members already using?
  3. How tech-savvy are the people in my group? Which tool will best suit everyone’s technological skills and enables everyone to feel comfortable and supported?
  4. What is the best method of communication for my group members? Does anyone in my group have specific learning or communication needs that I should be aware of?

Co-authoring documents

FEATURESOffice 365 TeamsOffice 365 OneDriveGoogle Drive/Docs
Good forAll-in-one collaborative workspace, integrated into Office 365 account File sharing and document co-authoring Templates, navigation sidebar, research tool, revision history *Google add-ons option
Deakin supported *

External software

Free

File sharing

Cloud storage

Collaborative
Workspace

Screen sharing

Video calls

Group
Conferencing

Instant Messaging
Web-based

Search function

@mentions

Personalised Profiles

Calendar

Web-based

Android app

iPhone app

Windows app

Learning Resources


Note: some resources
will require you to
log in using
your student ID


https://lynda.deakin.edu.au/

Lynda.com: Team Collaboration in Office 365 Lynda.com: Google Docs Essential Training

File sharing

FEATURESDropboxOffice 365 OneDriveGoogle Drive/DocsBlackboard Collaborate
Good forFile sharing, storage, and document co-authoring File sharing and document co-authoring Templates, navigation sidebar, research tool, revision history *Google add-ons option Web conferencing, and file sharing
Deakin supported *

External software

Free

File sharing

Cloud storage

Collaborative
Workspace

Screen sharing

Video calls

Group
Conferencing

Instant Messaging
Web-basedg

Search funtion

@mentions

Personalised Profiles
Profiles

Calendar

Web-based

Android app

iPhone app

Windows app

Learning Resources


Note: some resources
will require you to
log in using
your student ID


https://lynda.deakin.edu.au/

Lynda.com: Learning Dropbox Lynda.com: Google Docs Essential Training

UniStart: Blackboard Collaborate
Deakin: Bb Collaborate
Blogs @ Deakin: BB Collaborate Ultra guide for students

Meetings or chat

FEATURESSkype for Business (PC)Skype for Business (Mac)Blackboard CollaborateCommunities (through Yammer)Google  Hangouts Facebook
groups
Good forAll-in-one collaborative workspace, integrated into Office 365 account File sharing and document co-authoring Web conferencing, and file sharing Community/network building, file sharing, instant messengerVideo call, text and group conference, integrated into GoogleCommunity/network building, file sharing, instant messenger
Deakin supported *

External software

Free

File sharing

Cloud storage

Collaborative
Workspace

Screen sharing

Video calls

Group
Conferencing

Instant Messaging
Web-basedg

Search funtion

@mentions

Personalised Profiles
Profiles

Calendar

Web-based

Android app

iPhone app

Windows app

Learning Resources


Note: some resources
will require you to
log in using
your student ID


https://lynda.deakin.edu.au/

Lynda.com: Team Collaboration in Office 365 UniStart: Blackboard Collaborate
Deakin: Bb Collaborate
Blogs @ Deakin: BB Collaborate Ultra guide for students
UniStart: DeakinSync CommunitiesLynda.com: Google Hangouts Essential Training
Google: Hangouts Help
Lynda.com: Learning Facebook

Projects

FEATURESOffice 365 TeamsOffice 365 OneDriveGoogle Drive/DocsSlackDropbox
Good forAll-in-one collaborative workspace, integrated into Office 365 account File sharing and document co-authoring Templates, navigation sidebar, research tool, revision history *Google add-ons option All-in-one collaborative workspace
**integrates with external storage sites
File sharing, storage, and document co-authoring
Deakin supported *


External software


Free


File sharing


Cloud storage


Collaborative
Workspace


Screen sharing


Video calls


Group
Conferencing


Instant Messaging
Web-basedg


Search funtion


@mentions


Personalised Profiles
Profiles


Calendar


Web-based


Android app


iPhone app


Windows app


Learning Resources


Note: some resources
will require you to
log in using
your student ID


https://lynda.deakin.edu.au/

Lynda.com: Team Collaboration in Office 365 Lynda.com: Google Docs Essential TrainingSlack: Watch the TourLynda.com: Learning Dropbox

* Software integrated into Deakin infrastructure and accessed using your student login. You can get support for these services through the university.

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