Instructors can use the Collaborations feature in Canvas to create a shared resource and assign it to a group of students who have registered Google Drive in their Canvas account.
Instructors can use a Collaboration to allow students to take notes, create plans, and complete group assignments together.
This article explains how to set up a Google Doc as a Collaboration in Canvas.
NOTE: If you will use Collaborations, please make a note in your syllabus that a Gmail account is required to take part in the course. Be sure to send students the link (below) to the directions for registering Google Drive in their Canvas account settings.
- Instructors Register Google Drive in Canvas
- Enable Collaborations
- Create Collaborations
- Manage Collaborations
- Edit a Collaboration
Instructors Register Google Drive in Canvas
Follow the directions for students to register their Google Drive accounts.
Connect your Google Drive to Canvas
1. In your course, click Settings (1) > Navigation Tab (2) > Inactive Links: Collaborations (3) (Click the three dots, then + Enable.) Then, click Save at the bottom of the page.
You will notice after saving that the Collaborations link is now visible in the navigation links.
1. To create a Collaboration, click the Collaborations link.
a. Add the title of the collaborative document.
b. Add a description of the document.
c. Add any individual students or student groups (if you have made any).
NOTE: Use the small + button to add students.
d. Click Start Collaborating.
You will now see the Collaboration in this area of your course.
a. Click on the Collaboration's title to open the document.
b. Click the pencil to edit the document properties.
c. Click the trashcan to delete the Collaboration.
d. Click to start a new collaboration.
Edit a Collaboration
1. Click the pencil icon on the Collaboration you wish to edit.
- You can edit the title, description, and add/remove group members.
- Click Update collaboration when you are finished.