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1. Introduction to Connect and Collaborate From Anywhere with Digital Tools

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Sometimes, members of the same work teams are separated by different departments, business sites, or their physical locations.

When people feel disconnected from their colleagues, it can be challenging to collaborate, complete tasks, and share knowledge and ideas with others.

One way to improve connections among coworkers -- especially for people who work from home -- is with digital collaboration tools.

Digital collaboration involves using technology to help people work together effectively and accomplish tasks more efficiently, regardless of whether they are in the same physical location as their colleagues.

Digital collaboration tools can help you connect with others, make your team more efficient and productive, and assist you with your business objectives.

These technologies can be as simple as email...

...and as complex as high-level project management software.

In this lesson, you will choose to either learn how to: Direct message someone through Google Hangouts Chat in Gmail, Use comments in Google Docs, Or set up a shared folder in Google Drive.

You will also use: Google Calendar, a digital calendar application, and Google Hangouts, a video conferencing platform.

Then, you will practice your new digital collaboration skills by teaching a peer, friend, or family member to use the same tool you selected.

One of the best ways to understand a skill is to explain it to someone else.

When you teach, it reinforces your own knowledge and makes you more confident in your abilities.

This lesson uses Google applications from the G Suite, but you could apply these skills and concepts in many different digital collaboration tools.

For this lesson, you will work with a partner while sitting at your own computers.

If you don’t have a partner, practice the skills by yourself.

To work on this lesson, sign in to your Google account.

Open a new tab in your browser, and navigate to Google dot com.

If you are not signed in, do so now.

If you do not have a Google account, pause the video and create one now.

Choose the digital collaboration skill you would like to learn and teach your partner: Direct message someone through Hangouts Chat, Use comments in Google Docs, Or set up a shared folder in Google Drive.

Make sure you and your partner do NOT select the same skill.

Then, move on to the video that teaches the digital collaboration skill you chose.

At the end of the lesson, go back and watch all of the videos to learn the other two skills, if you like.

Now, it’s your turn: Select the digital collaboration skill you would like to learn, Make sure you and your partner choose different skills, And move on to video that teaches the skill you selected.

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  1. Select the digital collaboration skill you would like to learn.
  2. Make sure you and your partner choose different skills.
  3. Move on to video that teaches the skill you selected.