Card's author : Frédéric Renier, Supagro Florac
Card's type of licence : Creative Commons BY-SA
To begin with : An Etherpad is an online-service which allows several persons to take notes simultaneously. A chat is linked to each page? Etherpad is also a freeware which can be settled on a server.
Official website :
Tool's boxes : Synchronous Communication
Introduction :
Requirements :
  • a good internet connection
Some practical uses :
  • Collaborative note-taking in a meeting. The consequences on dominating relationships are important, this custom contributes to move the lines.
  • Note-taking between remote partners by coupling the pad with a videoconferencing tool. However it is not always easy to share one's attention and screen between two apps.
  • Live control of the meeting's progress, with a possibility to ask questions in the Chat.
Going further : By opening an account on, you create a working space where you can invite users (with a password protected access), create peculiar pads for the group thus created, and have access to management features from your pads : listing, archiving, downloading, deleting. A pad created from an account is therefore only restricted, by default, to the members of the account (private), but it can also be opened to all as all public pads, or else protected by a specific password. Tutorial on the interest and the use of private pads
Advantages :
  • The classic of first irreversible cooperation experiences.
  • So very easy to use, every contribution is directly noticeable by others, many export possibilities, allows a synchronised co-writing, "wysiwyg" (page layout can be done in any word processor).
  • Notes taken are more complete.
Drawbacks :
  • Creating a pad directly from the web browser address toolbar can be a major methodological obstacle.
  • Limited to 16 simultaneous
  • Depending on the internet connection quality, the experience can be totally counterproductive.
Licence : Open sources, Free
Using : Easy
Setting up : Reserved for IT Jedis