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The Online Collaborative Writing Tools Comparison Chart

Technology Product Outcomes Pros Cons
Wikis Produces an easily searchable reference tool that can be used in class as a student resource
  • Can be installed natively within Moodle, Blackboard, D2L
  • Powerful search facility
  • Familiar look and feel for readers
  • Separate references area encourages citation
  • Iterations saved automatically
  • Writing interface is less user-friendly than Google Docs
  • Writing and editing are based on versioning, rather than instantaneously shared changes
  • No chat function available
Google Sites/Docs Produces documentation that can be published to Google Sites and WordPress, or left in a Google Docs folder as a student resource
  • New Google for Education offering complies with FERPA, can be managed by institutions
  • Google Docs saves document iterations automatically
  • Familiar look and feel for writers
  • Sites deployment straightforward
  • Deployments outside of G Suites for Educators may span multiple institutions
  • Documents can be published to Google Sites, as well as WordPress
  • In-line document chat function available
  • Videoconferencing functions available
  • Documents can be published privately and semi-privately
  • No FAQ/ Wiki/ Knowledge Base capabilities at this time
  • No native references section to prompt citation
  • App-based writing environment available
  • Sites deployments lack templates and ability to copy pages
  • Sites deployments favor simplicity over control
WordPress Produces a website with blog posts that can be used as student resources
  • WordPress saves document iterations automatically
  • Documents can be published privately and semi-privately
  • App-based writing environment available
  • Cross-institutional deployments possible
  • Tags can be used to categorize blog posts
  • Pages can be used to display tagged subject posts
  • Advanced users can produce powerful, customized sites
  • Free WordPress.com sites available
  • Writing interface is less user-friendly than Google Docs
  • Writing and editing are based on versioning, rather than instantaneously shared changes
  • Some chat functions available, but are dependent upon deployment specifications
  • No native references section to prompt citation
  • Deployment may be challenging for users who are less tech savvy or who need to deploy quickly
  • More powerful features require domain ownership with associated costs