Collaborative Writing

The William & Mary Collaborative Writing Project is a collaboration between W&M faculty and Academic Information Services (AIS). Our collaboratively authored document provides strategies for facilitating collaborative writing in your classroom.  You can explore, edit, and adapt any of our resources from sample lesson plans to editable rubrics, by visiting the Best Practices page of the W&M Collaborative Writing wiki.

AIS can provide support and consultation for your collaborative writing class projects.  From wikis, to Blackboard, to Google Drive and beyond, we can help you decide which tools best suit your course objectives.

Blackboard and Google Drive

From group tools and virtual spaces to blogs and wikis, Blackboard provides a host of tools that support collaboration and group work.  As for Google Drive, all William & Mary students have Google App accounts, thereby providing your students with the robust collaboration tools they may need for their next project.

Three Options for Wikis


Perhaps the best option for collaborative writing projects, a wiki is an online tool specifically developed for collaborative writing. A wiki can facilitate the creation of documents in the classroom, and William & Mary faculty have access to three platforms for wikis:

  1. Blackboard offers a built-in wiki component that will fulfill most of your classrooms needs.
  2. WMwikis works well for collaborative groups with more substantial needs, and it also provides the option of a public-facing website. WMwikis is maintained by the staff at AIS in partnership with colleagues in the School of Education. Anyone from the William & Mary community is welcome to create a free site with WMwikis. William & Mary holds a Private Label license contract with Wikispaces to provide the faculty with a dedicated and secure environment.
  3. Wikispaces, the provider of WMwikis, is an excellent option for projects that involve collaborators outside of W&M.

We are here to help you match the available collaborative tools to your teaching goals.  If you have any questions regarding the use of any of the tools explored on this page, contact your department’s academic technology specialist or email technologist April Lawrence at

Click here to see a list of Academic Technology Blog posts about collaboration.