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DocassistlogoDocAssist, developed by students at the Worcester Institute of Technology, is a handy add-on for Google Docs that supports coursework in writing.  We’ve been experimenting with this for a few weeks and so far, we like what we see.

Professors can build rubrics, use them to efficiently grade student writing, and specifically tie individual feedback comments to rubric elements.  Other features prompt students to reflect on (and explain) revisions, or facilitate peer review within a course.  By itself, Google Docs seems more efficient for providing students with comprehensive feedback on their writing or facilitating peer review, compared to passing .docx or other files through LMSes or email.  With DocAssist, Google Docs is even better for mentoring student writers, since professors and students can very quickly use rubrics in close coordination with qualitative feedback.