One of the most dreaded assignments in academia – the group project.
The majority of people I know, myself included, dislike group projects for one reason: with everyone’s hectic schedules it is almost impossible to keep the lines of communication open.
Schedules, research and articles are all being exchanged haphazardly through email to various group members, resulting in a complicated chain that requires searching through every time you need to pull something up. The only time anything gets done in a clear, concise fashion is when everyone can meet in person, and we all know how much that happens.
The result? Most of the project gets thrown together last minute in a few exhausting meetings. The digital solution? Google Groups.
This tool gives us the ability to post all our schedules in once place, making scheduling live meetings a breeze. We can also post ideas and discussion starters randomly throughout the week to keep the creative juices flowing.
In short we can have an ongoing conversation that keeps us all on the same page with minimal effort. Thank you, Google gods. You truly are a lifesaver!!!!
But Google groups goes way beyond just class projects. It creates a platform that can connect ANY internet users with similar interests, causes, rants, ect. ect. ect.
I sense that this tool will be something that I become increasingly addicted to.