Working in groups

Online tools

Getting organised

Scheduling regular meetings (whether virtually or offline), a shared task list and keeping records of what's going on can all be done online. Some recommended free websites are:

  • Shared calendars (e.g. Google Calendar);
  • Meeting organisers – really useful as you can ask people to indicate when they're available for meetings, rather than hundreds of emails discussing when people are free (e.g. Doodle, MeetingWizard);
  • Virtual meetings – you can use IM tools (see above list) or virtual worlds such as Second Life (find out about Solent Life - Solent University’s own island within Second Life);
  • Shared blog or wikis – to keep a running commentary of project progress (see above list)
  • Shared to do lists so you can keep a track of who is doing what and what is left to do (e.g. Remember The Milk, Ta-Da List, Toodledo);
  • Social bookmarking websites – to keep a record of all the useful websites in one place, rather than constantly emailing a ‘great link’ to each other (e.g. Delicious)
  • Evernote for note taking, archiving, to do lists, file sharing, image records, document tracking etc
Google Calendar (Weblink opens in new window)
Doodle (Weblink opens in new window)
MeetingWizard (Weblink opens in new window)
Second Life (Weblink opens in new window)
Solent Life (Weblink opens in new window)
Milk (Weblink opens in new window)
Ta-Da List (Weblink opens in new window)
Toodledo (Weblink opens in new window)
Delicious (Weblink opens in new window)
Evernote (Weblink opens in new window)

Remember:

Professional versions and applications for mobile phones often have a subscription charge