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Google Drive (LTI 1.3)

Status - Approved

 Approved for use

Tool Description

Canvas integrates with Google Drive (LTI 1.3) making it easy for you to share content and collaborate with others, students and instructors alike.


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

Overview of Google Drive (LTI 1.3)

The Instructure product team (Canvas) has been working with Google to transition the existing Google Apps LTI to the new Google Drive (LTI 1.3) tool. The current Google Apps will eventually be deprecated and removed from Canvas. All users should use Google Drive (LTI 1.3) 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 Drive (LTI 1.3), 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

Watch Authorizing Google Drive LTI 1.3 in Canvas (4:22) for a walkthrough.

Embed Google Drive files in 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 with the editor 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 Canvas tool. 

Below we have provided the steps for how to embed Google Drive files within Pages, but these steps can be used within any Canvas tool that employs the Rich Content Editor such as Assignments and Announcements.

Watch Adding a Goodle Drive file in Canvas Rich Content Editor (3:11) for a walkthrough.

For Additional Resources:

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

Add Google Drive files in Modules

Watch Adding a Goodle Drive file to a Canvas Module (2:46) for a walkthrough.

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.