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Google Docs for Group Reports

In front of a room of 100 people, Craig takes us behind the scenes and shows us how people at each table are writing up the table conversations in Google Docs. He also shows us the instruction slide that everyone is following. (Don’t worry, that slide is frozen on the big screen while Craig shows us around his laptop.)

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Here’s what Craig says in the video

Hi everybody! Hey it’s Craig Freshley here. I am here at the University of Maine at something we call The Nursing Summit. We’re facing a nursing shortage coming up here in Maine so we have in this room legislators, hospital administrators, people from the University System, and all kinds of stakeholders trying to figure out how to address this shortage. Right now they are talking at their tables and I just wanted to share with you a little bit about how this is working. Take a look.

Right here on my laptop is what’s shown on the big screen. It basically is the instructions for these small group discussions.

Behind the scenes, every table is typing into a Google document. We have students here from the University of Maine School of Nursing and from the Economics Department and I have provided a complete set of templates for them and these recorders are typing into all of these templates. I just want you to notice how well organized they are. The numbers match the table numbers at their tables, and they’ve been given clear instructions and training on how to do this.

We’ve even created a document where we’re going to summarize all of the top strategies. Let’s just peek and see if anybody’s typing in here right now. “Region Two – Oxford, Franklin, Androscoggin” is typing in their top strategies. Some of these others have already been typed in. And at the end of this little session I’m going to show this document on the screen and we’re going to be able to talk about all the top strategies as a full group.

Thanks for letting me share with you a little bit about what’s going on behind the scenes: how we’re collecting the data and how I’m helping this group make good decisions.

Thanks for listening everybody!

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