What are Collaborations?

Canvas leverages collaborative technology to allow multiple users to work together on the same document at the same time. Collaborative documents are saved in real-time, meaning a change made by any of its users will be immediately visible to everyone.

When would I use Collaborations?

You can use Collaborations to:

  • Copy and paste notes that everyone can access.
  • Share bullet-point lists or agendas for upcoming synchronous class or group time or meetings.
  • Create a text-based whiteboard that everyone in the classroom can see and refer to later.
  • Assign student groups a collaborative assignment as a graded assignment (instructor feature).

View Google Docs Collaborations

View Google Docs Collaborations

All Canvas courses support Google Docs as the default collaborations tool. Collaborations that leverage Google Docs require that all participating learners have created and linked their Google account to their personal Settings. Learn more about creating a Google Docs collaboration.

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, Google collaborations has a limit as to the number of users who can access a collaboration at any time.

View Google Drive Collaborations

View Google Drive Collaborations

Collaborations also supports the Google Apps LTI, which is enabled in a course as an external app. Google Drive collaborations not only allow users to create Google Docs, but they can also create Google Spreadsheets and Google Presentations. Learn more about creating a Google Drive collaboration.

The Google Apps integration requires enabling the External Collaborations Tool feature option. However, enabling this feature option changes the Collaborations interface and removes any existing Google Docs collaborations. Learn how to manage course feature options.

View Microsoft Office Collaborations

Collaborations can also be created when the Microsoft Office 365 LTI is enabled in a course as an external app. Learn more about creating a Microsoft Office collaboration.

The Office 365 integration requires enabling the External Collaborations Tool feature option. Learn how to manage course feature options.