How do I create a Google Docs Collaboration?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

You can start a new Collaboration using Google Docs in Canvas. Google Docs allows you to add up to 50 users per collaboration, and all users can view and edit a document at the same time. However, a Google file may be shared with up to 200 email addresses including viewers, commenters, and editors.

Notes:

  • Each collaborator will need a Google account and will need to connect Google Drive as a registered service in Canvas. If you are the owner of the collaboration, you will have to turn on the Share settings to allow people who have the link to edit the document.
  • Google Apps for Education (integration with your school) works with Google Docs in Canvas. Please note, if your school email does not allow access to Google Docs, you will need to use a regular Google account (i.e. example@gmail.com).
  • Email notifications for Collaborations relate directly to the account used to connect to Google Drive. Learn more about notifications.  

Open Collaborations

Open Collaborations

In Course Navigation, click the Collaborations link.

Start a New Collaboration

Start a New Collaboration

Click the Start a new collaboration button.

Collaborate Using Google Docs

Collaborate Using Google Docs

Click the Collaborate using drop-down menu to use Google Docs for your new collaboration.

Note: Each collaborator will need a Google account and will need to authorize Canvas to access his or her Google account to use Google Docs to collaborate.

Create Collaboration Document

Create Collaboration Document

To create a collaboration document using Google Docs, you will first need to name the document [1], create a description [2], and select collaborators [3]. By default, you can view the list of people in the course and can collaborate with individual or multiple users in the course. You can also click the Groups tab and collaborate with a group.

Click the Start Collaborating button [4].

Note: Google Docs allows you to add up to 50 users per collaboration, and all users can view and edit a document at the same time.

Edit Document

View the newly created document in a new browser window.