Cloud Office Systems

Plateau of Productivity
UMN Assessment
Time Frame
Less Than 2 Years
Last Updated on Oct 20, 2015

Office suites are collections of applications designed to help employees do their work—common functions afforded by such systems include creating documents, presentations, spreadsheets, databases, charts, and graphs. Office suites normally provide common interface elements, interoperability, and cross-platform compatibility. There is no need to download or maintain software. Web-based productivity suites can be used anytime, anywhere, so long as the user has access to the internet. Users can work on their own or collaborate. Administration and storage is centralized.

Google Apps, which includes Gmail, Sites, Docs, Sheets, Presentations, and Forms, were adopted by the University of Minnesota in 2010 and made available to faculty members, staff and students. All who use Google Apps can communicate, collaborate, and create multimedia presentations and resources (either individually or as part of a group). Usage of Google Apps in novel ways to enhance teaching and learning strategies has grown. One such example is through the use of Google Forms to manage the peer review process in a large enrollment class in the School of Nursing.


User Stories

  • 10/20/15

    Peer Review With Google Forms

    Jehad Adwan and Madeleine Kerr in the School of Nursing developed a peer review Google Form that streamlines the...