Technology for Teaching

Collaborative Authoring

Collaborative authoring allows multiple individuals to seamlessly contribute to the same document either synchronously or asynchronously. Collaborative authoring tools can be used throughout the entire writing process: planning, drafting, revision, and final product delivery.

Google Docs

With Google Docs, multiple people can work in the same document at the same time without the need to save the document. Docs, Spreadsheets, and Slides provide features similar to Microsoft Office or the Apple Productivity Suite all within the cloud.

Access to Google Docs for course use are available through the Collaborations menu in Canvas. To use the tool from Canvas, users will need to have Google accounts.

Device Agnostic

Office 365*

With Office 365, multiple people can work in the same document at the same time without the need to save the document. This feature works well with Word and Excel. All users currently need to have a Dartmouth NetID in order to edit the documents.

This feature is now available in the Collaborations tool in Canvas for the course and for Small Groups. Contact Geisel Instructional Technology to have it set up within your course.


SyncSpace provides a zoomable drawing space that can be sketched on by multiple collaborators, at any time. SyncSpace is an iPad app. The collaboration space can be used with individuals in the same room or individuals at a distance.

Editable on iOS and Android. Viewable on all devices.


The following are a list of references about the use of social bookmarking in teaching and learning.

*Tools that appear with an asterisk are commonly used at the Geisel School of Medicine

Canvas for Students

Collaborations Tools

Canvas leverages technologies like Google Docs to allow multiple users to work together on the same document at the same time. Collaborative documents are saved in real-time, meaning a change made by any of its users will be immediately visible to everyone.

Collaborations Tutorials