Avila University has partnered with Google to use Google Apps for Education to support collaborative learning environments. Contact Mark Eaton to request an Avila Google account and then follow the instructions below to activate your account. This YouTube video shows you how to activate a Google Avila student account once you receive the email with your credentials.
This 3 minute YouTube video explains why cloud computing and sharing documents is better for collaboration than using standard documents and email.
The College of Education at Michigan State University has a pretty good tutorial on using Google Docs. Take a few minutes to browse Getting Started with Google Docs before you create your first document.