When undertaking a project it is a common requirement for the project owner to produce a ‘report’ of some form. This should document the process and steps taken throughout the project life cycle. The report could be a written document often produced as a Word document; but it could also be produced as a blog, wiki, portfolio or website. Within these options it is becoming increasingly easier to embed multimedia such as video or audio into these spaces, as well as images and photos.
Structure of a Project Report
It is very important to check the criteria set for your project. The requirements for a project report can differ depending on the type of project and the subject discipline. Here is an example of a project structure:
Short summary of the project
- Table of Contents and Table of Figures
Why the project was done
- Literature Review
What is already known
- Background – main body (with sub sections)
How the research was carried out
What the results mean
What was learned
- Reflection/Personal Evaluation
What you learned
What research was consulted and cited
- Appendices (if used)
Information that supports your analysis
Some projects might include chapter on Specification and Design, and Implementation.
Below are some examples of tools you can explore to produce your work.
Google Docs is a free word processor program, which allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating with other users in real-time. Users can also leave comments and engage in live chat.
This is a blog web hosting service. Registration is required to own, or post in, a weblog. All the basic and original features of the site are free-to-use. Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website and users may install and switch between different themes without altering the content of the site.
Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. Users can choose from various templates and then customise them.
Microsoft OneNote is a computer program for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It gathers users’ notes (handwritten or typed), drawings, screen clippings and audio commentaries. Notes can be shared with other OneNote users over the Internet or a network.
This is a file hosting service that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which device is used to view it. Files placed in this folder are also accessible via the Dropbox website and mobile apps.
Google Slides is a presentation program and part the free Google Drive service. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating with other users in real-time.
Wikispaces Classroom is a social writing platform for education where users can communicate and work on writing projects alone or in teams. Free for anyone in education including teachers, students, parents, librarians, schools, and universities.
This is a structured wiki and Web page creation tool offered by Google as part of the Google Apps for Work productivity suite. Google Sites allows users to create a team-oriented site where multiple people can collaborate and share files