Canvas Collaborations

Canvas uses Google Docs to allow multiple users (up to 50!) to work together on the same document, at the same time. Collaborative documents are saved in real-time, so any changes made by its users will be immediately visible to everyone. Collaborations using Google Docs require all participants to create and link a Google account to their Canvas account.

Linking a Google Account

1. Log in to Canvas.
2. Click Account.
3. Click Settings.
4. Click Google Drive from the Other Services list.
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5. Click Authorize Google Drive Access.
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6. Sign in with your Google account.
7. Click Allow.
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8. A confirmation message appears.
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9. Google Drive appears in your Web Services list.
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Setting up a Collaboration

1. Log in to Canvas, and then click a course.
2. Click Collaborations from the left-hand navigation menu.
3. Type a Document name, Description.
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4. Choose the people or groups to Collaborate With, and then click Start Collaborating.
5. The new document appears. If you want to create a document for a specific group, create it within the group.

Collaborating Ideas

Here are a few ideas for incorporating Canvas Collaborations into your course.

  • Share lists or agendas for upcoming class meetings.
  • Create a text-based whiteboard discussion that everyone can add to at their own pace.
  • Assign student groups a collaborative assignment. Ask them to submit the URL to the document for a grade.

Contact LDT with questions about Canvas.

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