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4 Collaborative Writing


For many people, the idea of ‘a research report’ is a written text, composed in a formal or semi-formal style. Written text is certainly a feature of most research reports but very often, writing is a solitary activity. It is possible to involve others in the writing process using online collaborative writing tools. This, way, you can involve co-researchers and research participants in the writing process and so make it a participatory feature of your action research.


Can you think of times when you might want to write collaboratively as part of an action research project?


In this chapter, you can learn about two collaborative writing tools; Google Docs and Etherpad. However, as with all the websites and tools that you can find in this guide, these are only examples and you may prefer to use different tools you are more comfortable with.


Google Docs


Google Docs is a free site where you can upload or create word-processed documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more. You can then share these documents with other people. By sharing the documents with others, you can work together in real time or separately and edits can be seen by everyone.


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