One of the greatest features of Google Docs is the ability to collaborate. Part of the collaboration process is inserting comments to communicate suggestions and questions. Comments are emailed to collaborators, which allows for an ongoing conversation. Try these techniques to improve your collaboration and communication when using a Google Doc.
Locate Resolved Comments
Link to Comment
After selecting the comment button, notice in the upper right of each comment is a very tiny arrow. Click on the arrow to choose “Link to this comment…” Students can copy and turn in this link for peer evaluation. You can use this to direct a student to a previous comment.
If your comment is directed at one particular collaborator or person, use a plus mention in the comment. Type a plus and the person’s email address. Even if the person is not a collaborator on the document, that person will receive an email notification of the plus mention.
You can provide suggestions to students or collaborators by editing the document directly. In the toolbar is an icon of a pencil for “Editing.” Click on the icon to switch to “Suggesting” mode. Any edits will be suggested instead of permanent.