Online Collaboration Resources

Online collaboration resources can provide users with the ability to work together synchronously (at the same time, in different locations) or asynchronously (at different times, in different locations). You can use these resources to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations (Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive); schedule your collaboration time (Doodle); and enhance your collaboration productivity (Lino, Padlet, Trello). You and your students will love these free online resources, as they support collaboration with others.

Collaboration Skills

Before you or your students begin to collaborate online, you will find it helpful to review the following two articles. These identify skills required to promote and support successful collaboration.

Part One: Five Elements that Promote Learner Collaboration and Group Work in Online Courses

Part Two: Five Essential Skills Instructors Need to Facilitate Online Group Work & Collaboration

Cloud Drive-In Double Feature

      Google Drive and Microsoft OneDriveDrive In

Collaborating with colleagues can be difficult in our connected world, especially for anyone trying to work on a collective resource. Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive are two free online resources that provide cloud services and enable educators and their students to work together online either synchronously or asynchronously.

These cloud services allow you to:

  1. Freely store (upload or create) and access your documents online
  2. Share documents with others
  3. Collaborate - invite colleagues to collaborate on a shared document
  4. Simultaneously access and work with others on a document (in real time)
  5. Select the way you share your documents (view/edit/make it public)
  6. Create folders and then organize your files into different folders
  7. Obtain secure storage (if your home computer crashes the files are still there online)
  8. Access and work with the files from many different devices (mobile, tablet, computer)
  9. Receive protection of your files through their backup server

Scheduling Time for Collaboration


Doodle is a tool to support collaboration. Do you ever have difficulty scheduling a meeting with others? Finding the best day and time? Or figuring out the best time to meet together for parent conferences? To hold an event?
This is a great tool to find out when the majority of meeting participants are available to meet, either online or in person.

Doodle Graph

On the right is a screenshot of responses to a question about how often a group wanted to meet. The totals of how many responded affirmatively is shown at the bottom of each column. It's that easy! 

Collaboration Resources to Enhance Productivity

Resource Name Age Level Description



K-12 Lino is an online sticky note service that is used to post memos, to-do lists, ideas, and photos anywhere on an online web canvas. It allows you to collaborate with others. Click on Give It A Shot to try this free online tool. You can also see a lino on How To Lino. Lino is available as an app for multiple platforms.



3-12 Padlet is a virtual wall that lets you post ideas and topics like a bulletin board. You can then share the images, videos, documents, and text to and from multiple devices. These can easily be shared on social network sites, by email, or embedded on a webpage or blog. Others can subscribe to your Padlet page. (April 2018- Padlet is no longer free)



K-12 Trello is a community board you set up where you can put notes, questions, and to-do lists for others to read and to respond. It is available as a web application, an iPad and iPhone app, and an Android app. Many of the features are outlined on this tutorial Trello board or by viewing this Beginner's Guide to Trello.