Google Docs

Google Docs is a web based text-processing program. It functions in the same way as Microsoft Word on your computer, but it has the advantage, that more people can write, edit and comment in a shared document at the same time.

The documents are constantly being saved online on your own drive, where you can arrange them in folders. The documents are not taking up any storage, and you do not need to think of backups. To learn how to create and share your document see the video in the bottom of the page. For more advanced functions, as how to embed your document on Blackboard, click on the Functions-button to the right (Both videos are in Danish and are made by Treat BSS).

You can make use of Google Docs both in and outside the teaching. Google Docs is for example useful for collaborative written reflection exercises. In class, you can for example split the students into groups and direct them to your document on either Blackboard or your slides. After this, you present the students to a thesis and give them some time to reflect and answer the question in your document. Thereafter you can gather the common points based on your document. Between the teachings, you can upload a document link on Blackboard with questions that lead up to the topic of next teaching. Google Docs gives the students the opportunity to answer the questions in groups, without having to physically sit together and work.     

You will need a Google-account (Gmail) to create a document – but not to write, edit and comment on others. It is quick to create and share a document, which is why Google Docs works well for group work. The tool is free of charge, and you can easily get started. If you already have a Gmail click here. If not, click here

Get started with Google Docs



Google Docs is an externally IT-system which AU do not have a data handling agreement with. Therefore you need to be aware of the AU rules for IT-security when you use this tool. You can read more about the rules here.