In our UBC course last Monday, we wanted to teach the students a lesson about real-time collaboration. We divided them into groups of four and assigned them the following tasks:
- You’re going to create a soup recipe. Collectively, decide what kind of soup you’re going to write about.
- Each of you works on a different section of the recipe. One person lists ingredients, another writes the procedure, a third writes a review of the soup and the fourth finds links to other similar soups.
- Open up a Google Docs document and start working.
- After you’ve all contributed, review each other’s work and make changes and corrections.
It went surprisingly well–we achieved five apparently tenable (and all vegetarian, as it happens) soup recipes. Here’s what they came up with: