What is Google Suite?
Why use Google Suite?
Google Drive in Canvas
There are several ways to make Google Drive files, documents, or sheets available in your Canvas course. You can add Google Drive as a course navigation item, directly embed or link to files, or use the Google Docs Cloud Assignment type in Canvas to easily provide document templates for students.
Enable Google Drive in course navigation
You can add Google Drive to your course by customizing your course navigation. The purpose of adding this is to make Google Drive files more readily accessible from within Canvas. A user that clicks on this item will access their own Google Drive. It is not a way for instructors to see their students' Drive files, or vice versa. Students will not be able to see your Google Drive documents and files — they will see their own Google Drive files.
Adding Google Drive files in the Rich Content Editor (RCE)
You can add files from your Google Drive into Canvas with the rich content editor — allowing you to easily add files into Canvas announcements, pages, assignments and more.
How to add Google Drive files:
Click on the Google Drive icon from the formatting menu bar at the top of the rich content editor
Your Google Drive files will be shown — click the file(s) you want to add and select either Embed or Link.
Embedding will show the file inside Canvas
Linking will create a link to the file, the linked text will be populated from the name of the file.
Make sure that you have made the file accessible to
Google Docs Cloud Assignment
This assignment type is best used when you have a template or worksheet — type Google Doc or Sheet for students to work on and submit individually. Students will automatically get their own copy of the attached Google file, and they can submit these into Canvas. These assignments work with SpeedGrader, so teachers can easily access, annotate, and grade. Despite the name, this assignment type can be used with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This assignment type does not work with Group Assignments.
How to set up Google Docs Cloud Assignment:
In Canvas, create a new Assignment. Under Submission Type, select External Tool. Click Find and locate and select 'Google Docs Cloud Assignment' from the alphabetical list.
From the window, select the template/worksheet you want the students to complete. It is important that the file is viewable/public — if students have messaged you about Access Denied issues, this is probably why.
Set other assignment options as desired and click Save. When students access, direct them to click on the title of the Google file so that a copy is added to their Google Drive account. When they click Submit, that same copy is submitted to Canvas in a static file type (.docx, .xlsx, .pdf — depends on the Google Drive file type).
What do students need to know about this assignment type?
Consider setting up a practice assignment worth little-to-no points to help students become familiar with the assignment type and troubleshoot any issues before incorporating these assignment types.