Working together online
- By: Alistair Patton
Students need to collaborate for the presentations and audits that are needed in medical school. My experience has been that organising meetings and keeping everyone up to date is half the struggle. Online tools can streamline data collection and even facilitate global projects at a postgraduate level, although there are concerns about posted data remaining secure and anonymous. Productivity can be enhanced by having a central point where a document can be edited by anyone, at any time, from any place. The internet lends itself to collaboration, and working together remotely will become ubiquitous.
Most students use the Microsoft Office suite, and functions have been introduced to track changes made. But the documents must be sent back and forth between group members, or uploaded to a commonly accessible website, such as Microsoft Office Live (http://office.microsoft.com). If you're looking for something different, “collaborative editing” software is now available to allow live