Collaborative Writing

Speakers: Drs. Yusuf Yilmaz, Teresa Chan, Michael Gottlieb, Mary Haas

Original Presented Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 | 💻 Zoom Virtual Event

Are you tired of being a lonely author? Do you ever feel like you’re the only one working on a paper? The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the rationale, the mechanics, and the management strategies that you can use to speed up your writing process.

Workshop participants will also experience and work on a mockup paper to simulate the real research writing process using Google Docs along with Zotero software to get your paper ready for submission!

Part 1 of 3 - How to Use Google Docs & Zotero

Part 2 of 3 - Panel Discussion on Collaboration

Part 3 of 3 - Panel Discussion

Workshop Outline

For this workshop, our plan will be to cover the rationale, mechanics

  1. Why Collaborative Writing? An Introduction

  2. The Mechanics of Writing with as a Team

    1. Google Drive:

    2. Google Docs:

      1. Building blocks

      2. Viewing modes

      3. Formatting paper

      4. Commenting

      5. Version history and named versions

      6. Document sharing to hack productivity

      7. Downloading docs in other formats

      8. Copying a doc

    3. Google Sheets:

      1. Working with tables and embedding in a doc

      2. Creating and embedding graphs in a doc

    4. Zotero Integration:

  3. Group Dynamics and How to Optimize your Team

  4. Pearls & Pitfalls of Collaborative Writing

Suggested Preparation Work

Due to the time limitation of workshop, participants may complete followings in advance:

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Dr. Yusuf Yilmaz

Dr. Yusuf Yilmaz (@YusufYilmazPhD) is a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University. He is situated within the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD), MERIT (@MERIT_McMaster), and the McMaster Department of Medicine (@MacDeptMed). He is an avid scholar in health professions education, and conducts research and scholarship within education technology.

Dr. Teresa Chan

Dr. Teresa Chan (@TChanMD) is an associate professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at McMaster University. She is the assistant dean for McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD). She is an avid scholar in health professions education and works with the MERIT group (@MERIT_McMaster), and conducts research and scholarship within this area. She has written almost exclusively using collaborative platforms for the past 5 years.

Dr. Mary Haas

Dr. Mary Haas (@maryhaasmd) is an Assistant Program Director of the emergency medicine residency at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI (@UMichiganEM). She is also completing a Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE). Her scholarship interests include education leadership, faculty development, social media and educational technology.

Dr. Michael Gottlieb

Dr. Michael Gottlieb (MGottliebMD) is an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rush University Medical Center (@RushEmergency). He is the Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Division and Program Director for the Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship (@RushEMSono). He is an active researcher in medical education and clinical ultrasound, as well as an editor for five journals.