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Collaborative Web Tools in Education
EEND and MSED-676

  • Template 2015
  • Section TMPL
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/22/2015 to 07/22/2115
  • Modified 10/27/2022

Mission Statement

As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership. 


In this course candidates will explore 21st century web tools that will allow them to work with peers around the world in many capacities through real time collaboration, read/write applications, and online journaling.  Candidates will create a web presence for themselves through which they can share ideas with others.  Additionally, candidates will learn about web tools to improve communication with parents, students, community members, and other various stakeholders in order to have a positive impact on teaching and learning.


College of Education Mission

The mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders.

Understanding Students

Candidates will develop skills to engage students with technology-enhanced lessons.  This knowledge will allow teachers of any discipline to support student learning through the use of a variety of technological tools.

Serving the Community

Candidates will have opportunities to explore the value of developing a community within their own classrooms and the world at large.  They will develop skills and strategies to support student learning with technological communication and collaboration tools.

Finding Our Professional Selves

Candidates will begin to develop a comprehensive, professional e-portfolio to house artifacts as a means to showcase professional growth and expertise. Additionally, candidates will analyze and reflect on artifacts that they discover or create themselves within the course.


Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE

By the conclusion of the course, each participant will be able to do the following:

  1. Evaluate collaborative web tools for use in instruction and learning using ISTE and state-relevant standards. ISTE 2c, 4a; NBPTS 1, 2
  2. Promote equitable, ethical, and legal use of collaborative web resources. ISTE 3c; NBPTS 1, 3, 4
  3. Understand the impact of collaborative web tools on student learning, school culture, and communities. ISTE 3b, 6a; NBPTS 1,4
  4. Use a variety of instructional strategies with online collaboration to support student learning. ISTE 4b; NBPTS 1, 2, 3, 4
  5. Integrate collaborative web tools to support instruction. ISTE 4c; NBPTS 1, 2, 3, 4
  6. Utilize collaborative web resources to extend communication outside the classroom to the home and the community. ISTE 4d, 5; NBPTS 1, 2, 3, 5
  7. Use collaborative web tools for communicating, collaborating, solving problems, creating products, and improving teacher productivity. ISTE 4c, 5b; NBPTS 2, 4, 5
  8. Plan and collaborate on projects that require critical analysis and evaluation; present and share web presence developed with other candidates. ISTE Teacher 2b, 5; NBPTS 4, 5


Assignment One – Making Sound Instructional Choices with Collaborative Web Tools
Candidates will respond to weekly discussions and reflection prompts.

  • Course outcomes: 1, 2, 3
  • Standards: ISTE Teacher 2c, 3b-c, 4a, 6a; NBPTS 1, 2, 3, 4

Assignment Two – Google Docs Collaboration 
Candidates will evaluate examples of Collaborative web tools to use in the classroom.

  • Course outcomes: 1, 4, 5
  • Standards: ISTE Teacher 2c, 4a-c; NBPTS 1, 2, 3, 4

Assignment Three – Collaborative Web Tools Rubrics
Candidates will contribute examples of how collaborative web tools may be used in the classroom.

  • Course outcomes: 1, 4, 5
  • Standards: ISTE Teacher 2c, 4a-c; NBPTS 1, 2, 3, 4

Assignment Four – Classroom Applications for Collaborative Web Tools
Candidates will demonstrate the use of multiple Google tools for use in the classroom.

  • Course outcomes: 1, 4, 5
  • Standards: ISTE Teacher 2c, 4a-c; NBPTS 1, 2, 3, 4

Assignment Five – Using Google
Candidates will demonstrate how to use social media in the classroom.

  • Course outcomes:1, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Standards: ISTE Teacher 2c, 4a-d, 5b; NBPTS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assignment Six – Copyright Scenarios
Candidates will reflect on a scenario and write a summary.

  • Course outcomes: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Standards: ISTE Teacher 2c, 4a-d, 5b; NBPTS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assignment Seven – Writing and Assessing a Collaborative Task
Candidates construct a collaborative task and assessment using collaborative tools.

  • Course outcomes: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Standards: ISTE Teacher 2c, 4a-d, 5b; NBPTS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assignment Eight – Collaboration Activity
Candidates will adjust a current assignment to make it collaborative, then assess it with the rubric from previous weeks.

  • Course outcomes: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Standards: ISTE Teacher 2c, 4a-d,5b; NBPTS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assignment Nine – Professional Learning Blog
Candidates will create a professional blog to house artifacts and reflections that they have created within the course.

  • Course outcomes: 1, 4, 5, 8
  • Standards: ISTE Teacher 2b-c, 4a-c, 5a; NBPTS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Institutional Policies

Students should use the USF portal as the first resource for guidance and support on items such as student complaints, safety, security and transportation questions, contact information for various USF departments, student support services such as counseling and academic resources. Information on these resources can be found in the For Students section of the USF portal.

  • A complete listing of university policies and procedures can be found in the University of St. Francis Catalog and Student Handbooks. Students are expected to follow all policies in the USF Catalog and Student Handbook, both of which can be found in the student portal.
  • Students are expected to be familiar with and follow the various procedures and guidelines regarding USF’s COVID-19 Response, including the USF Preparedness Plan and other materials incorporated in the Saints United resource hub (
  • Policies not covered in this document will be handled in accordance with the USF Catalog, Student Handbook, and Program Handbook as applicable.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity requires that all academic work be wholly the product of an identified individual or individuals. Collaboration is only acceptable when it is explicitly acknowledged. Ethical conduct is the obligation of every member of the University community, and breaches of academic integrity constitute serious offenses. Since a lack of integrity hinders the student’s academic development, it cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. Violations include but are not limited to: cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and denying others access to information or material. See the University of St. Francis Catalog for further clarification and information on grievance procedures.

Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (ADA)

The University strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). A student who requires special accommodations or arrangements due to a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services. This contact preferably should occur no later than the first week of classes. Early contact before the semester starts is encouraged to allow sufficient time to provide accommodations. Extra time is needed for some types of accommodations such as sign language interpreters or special text formatting. Should a need arrive after the start of a semester; the student is encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible. Note that accommodations are not retroactive. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

USF is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in its programs, regardless of the course format. If you have a documented disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in a course, complete course requirements, or benefit from the University’s programs or services, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 815-740-3631 or [email protected] . The Office of Disability Services is in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and is located on the second floor of the LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Library in room L214. Consultations are welcome, please contact the Office of Disability Services for an appointment.

Technology Support

If you are experiencing any difficulty using Canvas or need technical assistance, you have several options to receive support:

  1. 24x7 Live Canvas Support. Canvas has a 24 hour support by clicking on ? Help while in Canvas. You can Chat with Canvas Support, Report a Problem, or call the Canvas Support Hotline. If you experience technical difficulties or have a question about Canvas, you can receive support 24 hours a day seven (7) days a week through the Canvas help menu. From the help menu; select Report a Problem to send an email support request, select Chat with Canvas Support (Student) for a “live” text-based click-to-chat session, or to speak to someone directly use the toll-free number listed under the Canvas Support Hotline (Student). NOTE: Responses to Canvas’ email based Report a Problem request system will go to your USF email account, NOT your personal email.
  2. Online Self-Service Help Resources. A student user guide and other resources for solving issues related to Canvas can be found at
  3. You can phone the Technology Support Center for personal help at (815) 768-8324 or (866) 337-1497 (toll-free) between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday or fill out a Technology Support Center ticket and select Canvas/Online courses as the component.

For any technical support issues that are not related to Canvas, you can also contact the USF Technology Support Center (TSC). You can reach them via:

Academic Support Services

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) located in Room L214 in the Library (815-740-5060) offers various types of academic services.  Online and distance learning students can contact ARC for appropriate resources.  ARC serves students who need tutoring in many areas of study including writing and math.  Library services include a number of online services and full text databases.  Call the Library at 815-740-5041 for additional information.  If you need academic-related resources or assistance, please contact the Academic Resource Center.