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2011 TechDayPlus: By William Hogue 3/3

The following is a summary of the presentation given by William Hogue

Google Forms for homework?

By William Hogue

From the site building session I then looked at using Google Forms for homework assignments. These forms, part of the Google Docs cloud-based office suite, can be integrated into a website or they can be distributed by email. Responses are collected into a Google Docs spreadsheet and summary reports are automatically generated. I showed how I am using Google Forms for several kinds of homework, including book reports. I showed actual samples of student work that had been submitted through Google Forms.

I explained I set a homework deadline one day before the next class. I was then able to review the homework to adjust the next class to speak to any “issues” that became evident. I could also use actual (anonymous) samples of student work and the automatically generated summaries to kick off discussions that were grounded in actual student reactions.

Finally, I showed Google Analytics reports showing that students are accessing the course website from campus about half of the time and occasionally from areas outside of Kansai. Daily usage statistics show a double peak; usage is highest on Sundays and Tuesdays. I concluded that students are engaging with the Google tools and that they benefit from the faster feedback that using them permits.