Student Reflections on Google+ In The Classroom

At the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), I’m currently working with Professor Sigman, a Professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown, and two of my fellow colleagues in the Teaching, Learning & Technology Initiative (TLT). The initiative brings together staff members from CNDLS and Gelardin New Media Center to help faculty generate projects that use technology to advance particular learning goals and instructional interactions. Google+ is one of the many technologies (e.g. Dipity Interactive Timeline projects & Zotero for bibliographic research) Professor Sigman used during her fall undergraduate OPIM 257: Database Management course to enhance the classroom experience. Part of the goal of the TLT initiative is to assess the learning outcomes of the technology from the students perspective. In addition to an in-class written survey, our TLT team felt that creating a student reflection video about Google+ would provide a more detailed insight to the student’s perspective on the use of the technology. After all, the assessment of digital literacy is hard to quantify.

Here is the video:

I asked the students the following questions during the interview:

1. Did Google+ enhance the classroom room experience? (We want your honest opinion)
2. Did Google+ Help with community building, outside the classroom?
3. Last semester G+ was not part of the grade. Did making it part of the grade change the way you use the tool?
4. Do you have any other suggested uses for G+ in the classroom?
5. Would you like to use G+ in your future classes?
6. Do you think the new interface has helped you interact with students more in the classroom? How so?
7. This semester, are you using any of the tools that were introduced in OPIM 257?

I was impressed with the student feedback and suggestions they had for future uses of Google+. One of the students suggested that Google+ would be a great way to form a archived bibliography and share it within a research circle on Google+. Another student suggested that it would be useful to share Google Docs to people in circles as well. Special thanks to the students that participated in the video! For more information about TLT visit the TLT website:

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