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Google Sites


Google Sites is a web site creation tool that enables users to easily create simple web sites. Google Sites allows for the posting of pictures, audio files, videos, and links in combination with commenting.

Research findings from faculty and student interviews and surveys have shown that faculty-student and student-student engagement is one of the main challenges in online courses. A second challenge to the online learning environment identified by both faculty and students is course organization. Google Sites is a tool for providing both course content and faculty-student engagement in one place.


Please click below for an audio of the introduction to Google Sites.


Instructions on How to Use Google Sites

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to Google Sites.


Please click below for video demonstrations of how to use Google Sites.

Demo: Simple, secure group websites

Demo: How to use Google Sites (includes Create a new site, Embed content to Google Sites, Edit a Google Sites page, and many other videos)

Technical Requirements and Where to Access Google Sites

No specific hardware or software is required to use Google Sites. Google Sites will work with any operating system and Internet browser.

Go to www.google.com/sites to access Google Sites and create a web site.


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Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents.  Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available. 


e-Tool Review Results

Faculty e-Tool Review Results
Number of faculty reviewers: 1

A member of the project research and design team has reviewed this e-tool. Google Sites is a web site creation tool that can be part of an activity to provide students with the option of creating a web site as a way to demonstrate course content mastery.


Student e-Tool Review Results

Number of students who took the survey: 2

Number of students with learning disabilities who took the survey: 0

1. The tool was easy to use.

Picture of the result -50% of student reviewers agreed that this e-tool was easy to use.  50% of student reviewers felt unsure this e-tool was easy to use. 

2. The tool assisted me with the following: (Select all that apply)

 Picture of result -100% of student reviewers used this e-tool to facilitate communication with other students in the class. 100% of student reviewers used this e-tool to facilitate communication with their instructor.