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Should I use Bb Learn Wiki or Google Docs for Collaborative Writing?

A collaborative writing project can be done in many ways, and the supported tools have different strengths which may make one more suitable than the other. If you have any questions about how to implement one of these solutions in your class, consult a TLP Consultant.

Bb Learn WikiGoogle Docs


  • Multiple pages, truly a wiki site
  • Embed media like YouTube
  • Gradeable
  • Simultaneous editing
  • Superior revision history
  • Threaded side comments


  • No simultaneous editing
  • Contribution metrics aren't as robust
  • Single page structure
  • Possible permissions issues
  • Not Gradeable
  • Can't embed rich media besides images

Are the Google Apps for Education accessible to students with disabilities?

Accessibility Matters

Tip: Some applications are more accessible than others. Faculty should proceed with caution if integrating the use of specific Apps in their required curriculum.

Google Apps are complex web-based applications with media-rich interfaces which may present barriers to users of assistive technology, depending on which applications, features, and role is encountered. As a result of testing, recommendation and persuasion by California State University and other groups, Google has made significant strides to make many of their Apps more accessible in the last several years, but barriers and limitations remain.

For instance, a student viewing a published Doc linked from a course may encounter few or no accessibility issues. However, a student who is asked to edit a collaborative Google Presentation may encounter significant barriers.

If you have a question about the accessibility of your use of Google Apps for Education, contact TLP at 898-6167 for a consultation in conjunction with the Accessibility Resource Center.

How do I sign in to my CSU, Chico Google account?

Method 1: Sign In Through Google

You can access any google app directly by using your Wildcat email address as your user name to the Google Sign In prompt for any enabled application, such as YouTube or Blogger.

Wildcat email addresses end in "", for instance, even if the user is a faculty member who does not use this address for email.

You can leave the password field blank. This will automatically prompt Google to switch you over to a CSU, Chico login screen, where you can then login using your Portal username and password. You will then be logged into that Google Application.

Method 2: Sign In through the CSU Chico web site

All CSU, Chico faculty, staff and students have access to Google Mail, Calendar and Docs through the university portal. To log on to Google Docs, to go Click on Documents.

You will be prompted for your Portal user name and password. Once you've logged in, you will see any Google Documents that you have either created or been given access to as a viewer or editor.

What support is available to students using Google Docs?

Students can get help using the Google Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations tools from the Google Docs Help web site.

Student Computing does not offer formal assistance for students using Google Apps for Education. TLP's consultants are available to work with faculty who wish to create comprehensive, specific instructions for students using Google Apps to complete required course work.