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How do I submit a Google Drive file or URL as an assignment submission using Assignment Enhancements?

If your institution has enabled Google Drive or Google Docs as a submission type and enabled Assignment Enhancements in your course, you can upload a file from Google Drive for an assignment. Unlike other assignment submissions, files from Google Drive are not uploaded into your Canvas user files.

Canvas accepts Google Doc, Google Sheet, and Google Slide files. You can also upload any uploaded Word (.doc/.docx), Excel (.xls/.xlsx), PowerPoint (.ppt/.pptx), and PDF files not converted to Google Docs formatting.

Notes:

  • If the assignment you are accessing displays differently, Assignment Enhancements may not be enabled in your course or your instructor may not have used a supported assignment type. Please view this guide for more information.
  • If the Google Apps submission type does not display, your instructor has not installed the app in your course.
  • If your course displays a link to your Google Drive in the Course Navigation Menu, your course has enabled Google Drive directly. Otherwise, you must enable Google Drive a web service in your user profile to upload Google Drive files.
  • In Google Drive assignments, you can only submit one file for your submission.
  • When Google Drive files (docs, sheets, and slides) are uploaded as a submission, the files convert to their Microsoft counterpart file types and appear in the submission as respective Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files. This conversion essentially preserves the submission in its current state; any changes made to the file in Google Drive will not be updated in the submission.
  • Assignment Enhancements does not support the following assignment types: Peer Reviews and Cloud Assignments.
  • Canvas does not support file uploads larger than 5 GB.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Note: You can also access your Assignments through your user or course dashboard, the Syllabus, Gradebook, Calendar, or Modules.

Open Assignment

Open Assignment

Click the name of the assignment.

Select Submission Type

Select Submission Type

If your instructor allows multiple submission types for the assignment, accepted submission types display in the Choose a submission type section [1].

You can add a Google Drive or Google Doc URL submission using the Web URL button [2].

Alternatively, if the Google Apps LTI has been added to your course, you can upload a Google Drive or Google Doc file using the More button [3].

Submit Google Drive URL

Submit Google Drive URL

To add a Google Drive or Google Docs URL as your assignment submission, click the Web URL option in the Choose a submission type section [1].

Create a shareable URL for your Google Drive or Google Docs file.

Then, in Canvas, add the shareable website URL to the Enter Web URL field [2].

Once added, your website URL will be saved as an assignment submission draft.

To preview your URL in a new browser tab, click the View icon [3].

Note: If a shareable link is not created, your instructor will not have permission to view your file.

Submit Google Drive File

Submit Google Drive File

To upload a Google Drive or Google Docs file as your assignment submission, click the More option in the Choose a submission type section [1].

Then click the Google Apps option [2].

Note: If the Google Apps option does not display, your instructor has not installed the app in your course.

Select File

Select File

Select the appropriate Google Drive or Google Doc file [1].

To save your upload as a draft, click the Submit button [2].

Submit Assignment

Submit Assignment

To submit your your Google Drive file or URL as your assignment submission, click the Submit Assignment button [1].

If you are working on an additional assignment attempt, you can cancel your submission your assignment attempt by clicking the Cancel Attempt button [2].  

Note: If you submit a website URL without creating a shareable link, your instructor will not have permission to view your file. Once a shareable link is created, your instructor will have access to the submitted URL.

View Submission

View Submission

When your submission is successfully submitted, the Progress Tracker displays a Submitted status [1] and your most recent submission displays [2].

If you choose, you may resubmit another version of your assignment by clicking the Try Again button [3].

If you've submitted multiple assignment submissions, you can view previous submissions by clicking the Attempt drop-down [4].

To add an assignment comment for your instructor, click the Add Comment button [5].

Notes: 

  • If you're not able to resubmit work, your instructor may have limited the number of allowed submissions or the assignment may no longer be accepting submissions due to the assignment's availability dates.
  • Once you've submitted your work, the assignment will still display in the Assignments page and the Syllabus.