This tutorial will show you how to create a Google Drive assignment. You can use a Google Drive file as a template in an assignment. For example, a professor wants his students to complete a worksheet. Traditionally, the professor would have to embed the file into Canvas, and the students would have to download, complete, and reupload the assignment to Canvas. However, if the professor uses a Google Drive assignment, his students can complete the worksheet without downloading and then reuploading the file. Rather, they can complete the worksheet in Canvas and then simply select the Submit button.

Step 1

Select the Assignments tool in the navigation pane on the left and then select +Assignment in the top right corner.

Screenshot of the +Assignment button.

Step 2

Scroll down to the Submission Type setting. Open the dropdown menu and change the submission type to External Tool.

Screenshot of the Submission Type dropdown menu.

Step 3

Select Find.

Screenshot of the Find button.

Step 4

Scroll down to and then select Google Docs Cloud Assignment.

Screenshot of the Google Docs Cloud Assignment option.

Step 5

A new window will open displaying your Google Drive files. Scroll through them or use the search bar to find your file. When you find it, select the file and then select SUBMIT.

Screenshot of finding a file.

Step 6

Now select the blue Select button in the Configure External Tool window to close the window.

Screenshot of the Configure External Tool window.

Step 7

Finish configuring the other settings for the assignment and then select Save & Publish at the bottom of the page.

Screenshot of the Save & Publish button.

You will now see a live version of the file, meaning you can edit the file from this window. What you see is very similar to what your students see; they can edit the document as well, but they also have a SUBMIT button. However, each of your students will edit a separate version of the file. Once they open the assignment, a duplicate of your orignal file was created in their individual Google Drives. As a result, any changes they make to the assignment will affect their versions only.

Screenshot of the instructor and student views.

More Google Drive Tutorials

Getting Started with the Google Drive LTI

Google Drive Collaborations

Adding Google Drive Files to Modules

Embed or Link from Google Drive

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