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Sunday, April 18, 2010

New e-Course: Using Google Docs

I am excited to unveil a new e-course called Using Google Docs. This course is aimed at those folks who are unfamiliar with or never heard of Google Docs(R).

I would like to thank a few people whose advice and input were invaluable to me. First a huge thank you goes to my wife and my children. They were both patient with my tantrums and served as my formative evaluators. Yes it fell upon them to be brutally honest with me and they relished in pointing out some things.

During this semester I was required to seek out the assistance of a field supervisor. Mr. Garrod of the Keelworks Foundation had no idea who I was before receiving my email asking about an internship program. He freely shared knowledge acquired from being an instructional designer in the commercial e-learning industry for over a decade.

Dr. Pan from the University of Texas at Brownsville was my professor this semester. Being the first time the course was offered I felt it was incumbent upon me to do well. Dr. Pan was an excellent facilitator during this course. He learned each student's strengths and weaknesses and used them to wring the best out of each of us. I know this is very true in my case. This e-learning capstone course is a model that the entire Ed Tech program should follow. Build a solid foundation in theory and skills, then spend several semesters creating e-courses.

Although this is closer to the end of my post than the beginning the people I thank here are critical to the success of any instructional designer. This group of people made up the formative evaluation small group. These individuals spent their own time evaluating the course without compensation of any sort. For your hard work I thank you again.

Don't hesitate to check out the Using Google Docs e-course. Link to it, pass it on to friends and enemies alike!

Have a wonderful day!



  1. This course looks really interesting! I'm going to go back to it when I have more time because I'm sure it is something I can use and I really want to learn how to use it. Since I'm at a satellite campus, we really struggle to come up with shared ways to do work and communicate. Google Docs looks like it may be one answer to that dilemma. Thank you!

  2. Thanks for the Kudos Leon. You've shown the ability to move from need to solution and adjust with stakeholder feedback. This is progress. I'm looking forward to getting the source files so I can share these courses with KeelWorks interns (they use Google docs extensively).

    Thomas Garrod, M.Ed.
    KeelWorks Executive Director