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What are Collaborations?

What are Collaborations?

Canvas leverages collaborative technology to allow multiple users to work together on the same document at the same time. Collaborative documents are saved in real-time, meaning a change made by any of its users will be immediately visible to everyone.

When would I use Collaborations?

You can use Collaborations to:

  • Copy and paste notes that everyone can access.
  • Share bullet-point lists or agendas for upcoming synchronous class or group time or meetings.
  • Create a text-based whiteboard that everyone in the classroom can see and refer to later.
  • Assign student groups a collaborative assignment as a graded assignment (instructor feature).

View Google Docs Collaborations

View Google Docs Collaborations

All Canvas courses support Google Docs as the default collaborations tool. Collaborations that leverage Google Docs require that all participating learners have created and linked their Google account to their personal Settings.

Google Docs allows you to add up to 50 users per collaboration, and all users can view and edit a document at the same time. However, Google collaborations has a limit as to the number of users who can access a collaboration at any time.

View Google Drive Collaborations

View Google Drive Collaborations

Collaborations also supports the Google Apps LTI, which is enabled in a course as an external app. Google Drive collaborations not only allow users to create Google Docs, but they can also create Google Spreadsheets and Google Presentations.

The Google Apps integration requires enabling the External Collaborations Tool feature option. However, enabling this feature option changes the Collaborations interface and removes any existing Google Docs collaborations.

View Microsoft Office Collaborations

View Microsoft Office Collaborations

Collaborations can also be created when the Microsoft Office 365 LTI is enabled in a course as an external app.



Til í allt

I've divide my students into groups and I'm wondering if each group can work on a different collaboration (google doc). It is a small group brainstorming activity so I don't want the entire class to work on the same document. I'm just not sure if I can set each group to do a different collaboration.

Hi @jpauyer

You should be able to accomplish what you're hoping! Check out this guide that explains how to create a group assignment, and this guide that explains how to create a Google cloud assignment. 

Hopefully this helps! Please let us know if you have any further questions or comments!



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Looks awesome

Any chance you consider collaborations expand to Google Slides and Colab Notebooks?


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Detta är helt nytt för mig.

Hur gör jag nu för att skapa ett gemensamt dokument att jobba i eller motsvarande whyteboard?

Tacksam för lätta instruktioner.

Translated with Google Translate:

Would you like other users to have edit access to the document? If so, Collaborations may be what you want.

If you'd like you can reach out to other Swedish language users in the Swedish Group Hub.


Översatt med Google Translate:

Vill du att andra användare ska ha redigeringsåtkomst till dokumentet? Om så är fallet kan samarbeten vara vad du vill. (How do I create a Google Docs collaboration as an instructor?)

Om du vill kan du kontakta andra svenskspråkiga användare i Swedish Group Hub.


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