Collaboration

Working with a group of people, or just another person, using technology has many advantages. Modern tools let users share drafts, comments and publish results. With the advent of cloud services, students and teachers can work together more effectively.

Collaborating on Documents: Google Docs 

Those with Google accounts can use Google Docs to share documents or files and edit them all in the cloud. While it may not have all the features of Microsoft Word, Google Docs excel at allowing users to collaborate online. People from all different locations around the world can view and edit one document that is stored on Google Docs. For more information of Google Docs click here.

Video Conferencing: Fuze Meeting 

Holding meetings with remote members or presenting remotely are made possible with Fuze Meeting. Fuze Meeting enables people from all over the world to meet together to video chat, present and share. With features like importing Powerpoint files, videos and documents, users have all of their media at their fingertips to present and share. With up to 10 people video chatting, collaboration can happen with the personal touch of a face to face conversation.

For more information on Fuze Meeting contact John-Mark Ikeda at, jikeda@law.berkeley.edu.

Share files and folders: Box and Dropbox

Both Box and Dropbox are great ways to store and share files with others in the cloud. Users simply upload their files into these tools and share a link with their collaborators. It's easier than keeping track of emails with attached documents and makes your files available anywhere you have internet access. Both tools provide free storage, making it possible to share videos from class or an entire semesters worth of Powerpoint files and readings for free. Using Box also allows you to view popular file types and leave comments.

For more information on Box visit, box.com.

For more information on Dropbox visit, dropbox.com.

Using Online Forums and Student Groups in bSpace

bSpace is a secure place for students to work together. If you have students working in groups on a large project, or throughout the semester, you can create groups in bSpace for them. Groups can be given specific announcements, messages and files.

If you are working on a small project with groups, you can also create forums for groups. In a forum, groups can share documents and write to each other, all in one location. It also makes it easy for you to view the discussions that groups are having and perhaps interject or provide guidance where necessary.

For more information about using forums and creating groups in bSpace contact John-Mark Ikeda, at jikeda@law.berkeley.edu.

Wiki's as Collaborative Writing Tools: bSpace

Wiki's have gotten a bad wrap by many in academia, because they are inconsistent and sometimes unreliable sources. As a collective knowledgebase though, they are very strong collaboration tools. bSpace has a wiki tool that makes it easy to track changes made by students, but more importantly it can create a living, breathing document. As students research topics in your course they can work together to build and refine a wiki page/resource. Posts created in a wiki can be a starting point for discussion about a topic between students both in and out of the classroom. Since it is all private in bSpace, you can keep track of all of the changes being made, so that it becomes a reliable source of information as well a learning experience. Students can get experience writing in legal form and since everyone in class can read the wiki updates, they will likely put forth high quality work. Wiki's in bSpace can also be transferred from one semester to the next, creating a consistently updated resource for students.

For more information about using Wiki's contact John-Mark Ikeda at, jikeda@law.berkeley.edu.