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The web applications described allow for multi-user, simultaneous editing capabilities. These cloud-based applications allow for sharing completed documents or documents in progress, as well as the ability for multiple users to comment or share edits.
Each of these systems includes forms of document editing, including the ability for students or instructors to add comments or line edits to a document draft. This allows students to view and share their work with one another and to insert comments or track changes to offer their feedback and critique of a draft document for an assignment.
Multiple students or instructors can access and edit the documents in real-time, allowing groups to share their work in progress without the need to email multiple drafts to one another. This also allows users to work with one “live” document instead of having multiple versions from each user. This version control also ensures that all collaborators are working from the latest draft of the document and avoids the need to reconcile multiple version edits.
Cloud-based storage allows users to generate an “embed code” that will display the document on a website or digital portfolio. Common uses are to share a document within D2L or Digication. Edits made to the original document will automatically update to any embedded versions of that document, allowing for seamless single editing to documents that appear on multiple pages or sites.
Multiple users can gather artifacts (images, documents, sound clips, videos, etc.) and share them with other users through a shared folder. These files will be available through a password protected website that allows users to access the files from any internet enabled device.
Note: The following applications are not supported by DePaul University. If you encounter a problem, please contact the vendor for technical support. This information is accurate as of June 2016.
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