Showcase files via Docs.com
Sun, 08/09/2015 - 10:51
Docs.com is Microsoft's newest sharing platform. It was released at Aug 4, 2015. This new platform allows users to easily share documents regardless of whether they are Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF with importing available from your PC or even through OneDrive. It even supports Office Mix and Sway.
In this quick guide we'll take a look at how to get started with Docs.com and the educational opportunities.
Navigate to www.docs.com. You might need to sign in using your (free) Microsoft account.
Hit the button Publish.
First time at Docs.com? Hit "Create my account".
You are now able to add a file by dragging it or browsing. You can import files from your own computer, OneDrive or Sway.
Let's give it a try to add a (pdf) file.
Once the file is uploaded, you're offered a screenshot. You're able to add the file to a collection (kind of a folder), add tags and licence.
Don't forget to change the title, mention the original author and description.
You are now able to share your file via Facebook, Twitter, E-mail or link. Click Done.
Let's create a new collection.
A collection allows you to bundle all files of the same subject. It is like a kind of a folder or album.
Name your collection and hit Create.
People will be able to share, like and embed your collection (using HTML-code: <iframe>). They are able to add comments via Disqus, a third-party service.
By hitting Add content you can add earlier added files to your new collection. By hitting Add link you are able to add links to website. Publish new allows you to upload new files.
By editing a collection, you're able to set a cover image.
So how to share a Sway? Hit the button Publish new.
You are now able to directly choose your Sways. Click Open.
Your Sway was added to a collection!
Editing your profile page
By hitting your name in the upper right corner, you are able to edit your profile.
You are able to set a different background, edit your avatar, change your name and add a link to your website and description.
How to access files and collections?
While you navigate to your files and collections, you are offered links.
- The profile page: https://docs.com/koen-timmers
- The "Technology Enhanced learning" collection: https://docs.com/koen-timmers/9573/technology-enhanced-learning
Docs.com allows one to bring structure in files and offer access to a public. It reminds me of https://www.academia.edu. Students are able to create digital portfolios. Teachers are able to build online libraries. Files & links can be gathered, liked, embedded and shared into collections. Permissions (to download) can be set. Last but not least: Docs.com is free and very easy in use.