CanvasGoogle DocsInstructor: How do I use Google Docs to create a collaborative document?

Instructor: How do I use Google Docs to create a collaborative document?

Instructors can use the Canvas Collaborate tool to allow students to collaborate on a Google document.

This video presents an overview of the Collaborate tool

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.

Note: Each collaborator (including Instructor ad TAs) will need a Google account and will need to connect Google Drive as a registered service in Canvas. Users can register their Google account the first time they click on a Collaboration.

To add a new Google Doc Collaboration document to your site, click Collaborations

Click Start a New Collaboration

This displays the Start a new collaboration form

Enter a Document Name and Description

Click on the Add icon (+) for each student you want to collaborate on the document

This moves the student's name from the left column to the right column

Click Start Collaborating

This creates the collaborative Google Document.


Students that you have added to the document collaboration can access the document and edit it.

Instructors (and TAs) have editing access to all Collaborative documents created in the Collaborations tool