How to: use Collaborations in Canvas

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What is Collaborations?

Collaborations allows students to work collaboratively on tasks by integrating web-based tools, such as Google Documents, Spreadsheet and Presentations into Canvas.  Currently, as an instructor at RMIT you can start a new collaboration using the Google LTI and Google Docs.

Please note that if you require students to collaborate on Google Documents only, you will need to start a collaboration using Google Docs, if your intention is for students to collaborate on a spreadsheet or presentation, the collaboration to use is Google LTI.

How do I set up a Collaborations in Canvas using Google Docs?

To start a collaboration using Google Docs follow the steps below:

  1. Click the Collaborations link in the navigation bar.
  2. Under Start a new collaboration, select collaborate using Google Docs.
  3. Before students can collaborate on documents, you need to authorise Canvas to access your Google Drive.
  4. Click Authorise Google Drive Access.
  5. Choose the Google account you are authorising Canvas to have access to and click Allow.
  6. In the Current collaborations window, enter a name and a description for the document.
  7. Under Collaborate with select the students or the groups that will be collaborating.
  8. Once ready, click on Start Collaborating.  You will see the collaboration under Current collaborations.

How do I set up a Collaborations in Canvas using the Google LTI?

  1. To start a collaboration using Google Docs follow the steps below:Click the Collaborations link in the navigation bar.
  2. Under Start a new collaboration, select collaborate using Google LTI.
  3. Under Kind select Document, Spreadsheet or Presentation.
  4. Enter a name and a description for the file students will collaborate on.
  5. Select the students or the groups that will be collaborating
  6. Click on Submit.  You will see the collaboration under Current collaborations.
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