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I’ve been using Google docs quite a bit this year, and I’ve noticed that in the last couple of months they’ve added some features that increase their attractiveness quite a bit to me.

You’ve been able to publish your documents to the web for some time so that anyone can view them.  But recently the function of making the documents able to be edited by anyone has been added.  In my mind this provides the openness that makes wikis so attractive with the usability that has always been an issue.

I’m now considering moving all of my development to the Google docs platform.  Can anyone think of any reasons why this wouldn’t be a good idea?

I’ve just converted one of my wiki pages over to two different Google presentation formats.  Here they are as a comparison

  1. Wiki page
  2. Google document version
  3. Google presentation version

Which do you like better?

Google docs have also recently release a survey form which shows promise as a formative testing programme, but it doesn’t yet do what I want it to.  I’m sure that within a year they’ll have something that does the job.

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Last week I did a presentation for the new DFLP students, outlining what I’m doing with what I’ve learnt over the last year or so. The sound quality is pretty poor, but it provides a basic overview along with questions & answers.

I’ve been doing quite a bit of work building up resources on the WikiEducator platform for our Study Skills course.

The lack of formatting control on the WikiEducator platform is really starting to bug me. Formatting adds quite a bit of readability to documents. Using colouring and alignment you can empasize or de-emphasize aspects of the text.  I’m pretty disappointed with my recent effort.   Yes I know Leigh, I do need to add some images to flash it up.

While I was originally pretty keen on the open-office export to media-wiki text, I’m finding that it only seems to handle very simple documents.   It makes a complete hash of URLs for example.  Most of the documents that I’ve been working with recently require so much editing once I’ve copied and pasted them into the wiki, that it would be almost definitely easier to write the material straight into the wiki.

I’m now committed to working in the wiki environment, but I wonder if something like box net might be a better option for the future???