Jason Mittell (Film & Media Culture), James Morrison (Political Science) and myself lead a workshop for faculty on taking notes and grading digital documents yesterday that was well attended (see: Moving Away from Paper: Useful Practices for Electronic Note-taking and Grading Assignments).
Jason and James described how they assigned and collected students papers. Both used email as the primary means of collecting assignments from students for the following reasons:
- emails are timestamped providing a simple way to ensure deadlines are met
- email provides a single place to archive records of all papers
- email ensures a definitive version of student work
James and Jason differed in the format they required their students to submit assignments and the tool they used to annotate and grade these assignments. Read more about their annotation and grading workflow on the Teaching with Technology blog (see: Moving Away from Paper: Annotating and Grading Digital Documents – Jason Mittell & James Morrison)
Both James and Jason have also had their student use Google Docs for collaborative projects. Unfortunately Google Docs does not support footnotes so that is cannot be used as a tools for writing scholarly papers. That said, Google Docs may be a good tool for creative writing classes or for language classes.