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.
The Google Assignments LTI 1.3 will replace the Google Apps LTI starting June 30, 2024.
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 Assignments LTI 1.3 Collaborations
Collaborations also supports the Google Assignments LTI 1.3, which is enabled in a course as an external app. Google collaborations not only allow users to create Google Docs, but they can also create other Google Workspace files.
In order to use collaborations, Canvas admins need to enable the Google Assignments LTI 1.3 integration and configure it with the necessary credentials.
Learn how to create a Google Assignments LTI 1.3 collaboration as an instructor and create a Google Assignments LTI 1.3 collaboration as a student.
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.
Note: The Google Apps LTI will no longer be supported starting June 30, 2024. Learn more about how to transition to the Google Assignments LTI 1.3.
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 preview. However, enabling this feature preview changes the Collaborations interface and removes any existing Google Docs collaborations.
Note: The Google Apps LTI will no longer be supported starting June 30, 2024. Learn how to transition to the Google Assignments LTI 1.3.
View Microsoft Office Collaborations
Collaborations can also be created when the Microsoft Office 365 LTI is enabled in a course as an external app.