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Google Assignments

Status - Approved

 Approved for use

Tool Description

Google Assignments gives educators a faster, simpler way to distribute, analyze, and grade student work - all through the collaborative power of G Suite.


 For more information and support for this tool, please contact the Office for Academic Innovation.

Overview of Google Assignments

The Instructure product team (Canvas) has been working with Google to transition the existing Google Apps LTI to the new Google Assignments tool. The current Google Apps will eventually be deprecated and removed from Canvas. All users should use Google Assignments in Canvas moving forward to prepare for the deprecation. With this transition, you can expect better stability for all login issues that were encountered previously.

Note: Although the integration will be deprecated, all instructor and student Google Drive files will remain intact.

With Google Assignments, you will have access to all the current functionality of Google Apps. Additionally, you can also:
  • Embed Google files within your Rich Content Editor. This includes Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets. Both teachers and students will be able to do this.
  • Allow students to submit Drive files to Canvas assignments that you can grade in SpeedGrader

Google Assignments also comes with a new tool that brings together the capabilities of Google Docs, Drive, and Search for collecting and grading student work, right within Canvas.

Embed Drive files with the Rich Content Editor of a Page

When you create Pages, Assignments, Announcements, or any other tool that uses the Rich Content Editor, you have the ability to embed Google Drive files directly within to easily display to students. Both Teachers and Students have the ability to embed content from their Google Drive into the Rich Content Editor, depending on the tool. 

To embed Google Drive content within a Page

Note: Embedding Google Drive files can be done within any Canvas tool that employs the Rich Content Editor like Assignments and Announcements.

For Additional Resources:

How do I create an assignment? 
How do I add an announcement in a course?

Add Google Drive files to Modules

Student Submission using Google Drive

When instructors create an assignment in Canvas and select the Online submission type and allow for File uploads, students have the ability to submit using their Google Drive content. When instructors are ready to grade, the submissions will populate within SpeedGrader for grading.

Google Assignments Feature

Google Assignments is an external tool within Canvas Assignments that allows you to distribute, review, and grade student work. You can attach assignment files that will automatically distribute a personalized copy for each student. A use case for this assignment type is if you would like to provide students a template that can then be modified by individual students. Each distributed copy will be labeled with a student’s name and organized in a Drive folder. Finally, grades from Google Assignments will sync with the Canvas gradebook. 

Course Roles Available to use Google Assignments

The Primary Instructor of the Canvas course, listed as Teacher, will be the Instructor within the Google Assignments platform. Other roles such as Alternate Teacher, TA Lead, TA, and Grader will act as Co-Instructor within the Google Assignments platform and will have the same privileges as the Teacher does.

Additional Resources for Instructors: 

Additional Resources for Students: