Friday, October 07, 2005

Collaborative writing tool - writely, writeboard, wiki

I seldom write solo. Except these blogs, all my work have been collaborative efforts.

I am also Linus-style write: release-often and changes often.

If I initiated a paper, typically, I wrote a paragraph or two and sent to my collaborators who made edits and added ideas and more paragraphs. We did that as many times as we felt appropriate (or when the deadline came). Then we submitted the paper.

The tool we used was Word and Email. For Word, we turned the tracking on. After a few turns, the first author would clean up - removing the tracking and start again. Each draft was sent to the collaborator(s) by email. We usually responded promptly.

There are alternatives. Wiki is well known.

There are two which I found out recently: and 37signals has a good comparison of them.

With both writeboard and writely free (at least for the time being), teachers can get their student so write collaboratively. Hey, remember to give them more time because collaboration takes more time, but definitely will improve the quality of the work. This is also an experience students will need as they enter the work place in the future.


Blogger Jo McLeay said...

Hi Albert, I found your blog through George Siemens. It's a source of great ideas. I thought you'd like to know about the Directory of Australian Edubloggers at The password is edubloggers if you want to go over and have a look. Put yourself on it if you want.
Jo McLeay

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Blogger Paz Prendes said...

Hellow! I write from Spain, where I´m teacher of educational technology. It´s very interesting the software to collaborative writing, and it´s free. I´ll try to use it, and after I´ll write to tell how is the experience. I usually use the BSCW with my pupils, I find this tool very simply and interesting. Cheers.

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Blogger Jimmy said...

I am a lecturer in reputed university.I found your blog during my search.This is your nice educational site.The tools are interesting and easy o use.I will refer it to my students.thanks

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Blogger Matty said...

Hi Albert,

Great blog post, I really enjoy seeing upport for the collaborative writing community :)

You might find this technology writing community interesting as well


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