Google Docs is a great place to collaborate on a group project. It's like Microsoft Word but lets you work together with others on the same file at the same time without having to email it around.

You will need to authorize your Google account within Canvas to access your Google Docs. You can always revoke Canvas’s access later.

The following link is a guide on how to Setup Google Docs with Canvas. If you have not authorized your Google Account, please follow this link before continuing this tutorial: http://help.suu.edu/suuonline/help/226/

Creating a Collaboration

Step 1

Select the Collaborations tab on the left side of the screen. If you are a student and do not see Collaborations, then your instructor has deactivated this tool, and you will not be able to use it.

Screenshot of the Collaborations tool.

Step 2

Fill out the following information as appropriate: Collaborate Using, Document Name, Description, and Collaborate With. Then select Start Collaborating in the bottom right corner.

Screenshot of creating a collaboration.

Step 3

Once you have begun the collaboration, it will open in Google Docs and be shared with the individuals with whom you selected to collaborate.

Screenshot of a Google Doc.

Managing Collaborations

Select the Collaborations tool in the pane on the left to view all of the collaborations for a course.

To open a collaboration, select the title of the document.

To edit a collaboration, select the pencil icon.

To delete a collaboration, select the trash bin icon. Google Docs will give you the option of deleting the link from Canvas or from Google Docs also.

Screenshot of current collaborations.


You cannot create a collaboration with a Google Doc that has been made previously. When you create a collaboration in Canvas, it will make a new document. If you have information in an older document you wish to place into the collaboration, simply copy and paste the desired information.

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