Interative collaboration via Google Drawings

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationTeaching


Discussion online has been more problematic in the virtual teaching space. Although we all have different physical resources as well as our physical presence to encourage discussion face to face in the virtual classroom it is much more difficult in the virtual teaching space. This led to an exploration of different collaborative documents to help enable discussion as well as to use it to see if the discussion was taking place.

One application we have both used in our teaching is google drawings, which allows multiple users to view and edit the document simultaneously and/or synchronously (Ward and Blanchfield, 2018). This is a neat way of allowing groups to participate in active learning collaboratively. These activities can be used in a range of ways throughout online sessions engaging in content as a starter activity, an initial or formative assessment.

We will demonstrate how to instruct the task and demonstrate the different drag and drop activities we have used to complement our sessions. The students have enjoyed participating in this type of activity and offered positive feedback. Presenting would be a great way to gain some peer comments about the method and share our experience using the google drawing document.

Ward, A. and Blanchfield, M. (2018) ‘Art Education Undoing “Banking” Education: Using Google Drawings to Strengthen Engagement’. doi: 10.1080/00043125.2018.1482163.
Period15 Jun 2021
Event titleUniversity of Northampton Learning and Teaching Conference 2021
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionLocal