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Cloud Collaboration

Created by Carole using Google Drawing.
Created by Carole using Google Drawing.

Created by Carole using Google Drawing.

Cloud-based collaboration options, whether on-campus or around the world.

What is the cloud?

Generally, cloud computing is an online service that could be a web-based application or remote storage. Some well-known examples are Google Drive and Dropbox. A few cloud services offered by Roanoke College are Office 365 (, Inquire (Moodle learning management system), and ePortfolio.

Why use cloud services?

Simply, for convenience. Since cloud services usually only require a stable internet connection and an up-to-date web browser, most people are able to benefit from the convenience of creating, storing, and collaborating in the cloud no matter their preferred device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer).

Further reading about cloud collaboration in the classroom:

Denton, D. W. (2012). Enhancing instruction through constructivism, cooperative learning, and cloud computing. TechTrends, 56(4), 34-41. Available online via Fintel.

Kear, K., Woodthorpe, J., Robertson, S., & Hutchison, M. (2010). From forums to wikis: Perspectives on tools for collaboration. Internet and Higher Education, 13(4), 218-225. Available online.

Schneckenberg, D., Ehlers, U., & Adelsberger, H. (2011). Web 2.0 and competence-oriented design of learning-Potentials and implications for higher education. British Journal of Educational Technology, 42(5), 747-762. Available online via Fintel.