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Shared document editing

Whether you are sitting around the same table in the library or scattered across the country, group projects often require all participants to edit the same document. These tools allow synchronous or asynchronous editing. All tools listed here are free (in general or to Virginia Tech affiliates).

  • Google Docs

    All Virginia Tech affiliates have access to Google Apps for Education through VT Google Apps Portal (you can also access Google Docs through your VT Gmail account). It's very easy to share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations you create; once shared, all participants can simultaneously edit the document. You can use Google's built-in chat function to have a group chat while viewing the document.

  • Mendeley

    Mendeley is citation management software that is particularly good for group collaborations. Groups have access to the shared bibliography and shared documents.

  • WordPress blogging

    Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies provides free blogs using the WordPress platform. A common strategy for classes and group blogging is for individuals to each establish their own blog, and then aggregate that into a motherblog. You can also allow multiple users to edit a single blog.

  • Zotero

    Zotero is citation management software. Its groups feature allow multiple user to contribute citations to a shared bibliography. If you attach documents to your citations, all members of the group will have access. 



  • Anita Walz
  • Open Education and Online Learning Environments Librarian
  • 540-231-2204
  • arwalz@vt.edu
  • 207B Newman Library (0434)
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

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