question about collaborative sites for field methods classes

Steven Bird stevenbird1 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 1 22:02:51 UTC 2010

I've been using Google Docs with students in Papua New Guinea:
spreadsheets for their recording logbooks and text documents for their
(orthographic) transcriptions.  It has avoided a serious file
management problem.  For students new to google docs I could email and
invitation to edit a document, and they just had to click the link in
their email.  There was an issue when Google banned us for 24 hours
when we had 30 students sign up for google accounts simultaneously, so
I recommend that class members sign up for google accounts ahead of
time just to spread it out.


On 2 December 2010 01:04, Claire Bowern <clairebowern at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I was wondering if anyone's tried using Zoho, Google Docs, or other
> collaborative CRM or database sites for field methods classes. Last
> time I taught field methods we used my uni's implementation of Sakai
> for collaborative work, which was ok, but also had a lot of drawbacks
> (e.g. it's impossible to bulk download the wiki pages, they have to be
> done one page at a time). I've also tried putting all the files on a
> shared drive and that has worked most smoothly in terms of file
> sharing, but it doesn't allow me to enforce consistency in
> transcription and it makes it harder for people to work on the same
> files at the same time.
> Claire

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