What is Google Docs?

Google Docs is an online, cloud-based platform that allows users to create and edit documents, independently or in collaboration with others. Instructors can create assignments requiring Google Doc submissions using the Google Assignments LTI.

Accessibility & Privacy

If using this tool, including the following links in your course help meet Quality Matters (QM) Standards 6.4 and 8.6, respectively:

Additional Information

Google Docs should be created and shared from faculty and student Penn State accounts. Login to Google using your Penn State credentials. 

At a Glance

person Availability: Students, Faculty, Staff

paid Cost: Free

smartphone Mobile App: Yes

web Canvas Integration: Yes

dvr Supported Technologies: Computer, Mobile device, Internet

alarm Learning Curve: 30 mins - 1 hr

Practical Applications

Pedagogical Goals:

  • Disseminate Info / Deliver Content
  • Increase Student Collaboration Outside of Class
  • Increase Student Participation
  • Obtain Student Feedback
  • Support Research and Development
Associated Teaching Activities:
Ticket Out Door Ticket Out the Door Think Pair Share Think-Pair-Share Student Generated Questions Student Generated Test Questions One Sentence Summary One Sentence Summary One Minute Paper One Minute Paper Muddiest Point Muddiest Point Memory Matrix Memory Matrix Exam Wrapper Directed Paraphrasing Directed Paraphrasing Background Knowledge Background Knowledge & Misconception Check Application Cards Application Cards