I just want to embed a Google Sheet into the Rich Content Box that all my students can edit and each time it forces them to make a copy of it. I don't want to have to go through 60 spreadsheets that are just being used for students to log the number of political ads they get in their mailboxes each day. I just want to be able to see the one spreadsheet I embedded with all the information for each student on there. Easiest and most straight forward [Expletive Deleted] [Expletive Deleted] in the world to do with Google Classroom. Canvas seems is so frustratingly over-engineered (programmed?). Sorry, rant over. I've been trying to figure this out on my own now for 3 hours and I'm just gonna admit defeat and hope someone can answer my plea for help directly and if so.....I love you.
PS-I found the guide below while searching for an answer to my question. I've seen hilariously (mis)translated Chinese knock off products on Amazon and Ebay that made more sense than these do.
You can create a group assignment by using the Group Assignment checkbox. Canvas uses group sets to assign group assignments, and each group within the group set that is assigned to the assignment is required to complete the assignment. When creating or editing a group assignment, you can assign an assignment to specific groups. You can also set different due dates and availability dates for a group within an assignment that is assigned to the rest of the class.
You will need to assign a group set as part of the assignment. You can add an existing group set, or you can create a new group set as part of the assignment and add students to groups later. However, if you create a group set with self sign-up or manual group assignments, you will not be able to use the group set until users have been added to the subgroups.
You can definitely allow students just to edit the original spreadsheet by embedding it in the description box with an iframe.
Don't use the "external tool" option. Instead, set "submitting: nothing". Then when you are ready to mark, have the spreadsheet open in one window and the Canvas gradebook / speedgrader open in another. This is because nothing will show up in speedgrader as Canvas doesn't consider them to be submitting anything. You could work around this by having the students "submit" the URL to the shared spreadsheet, but I'd imagine most would miss this part so it would just be confusing to have patchy responses. On the plus side, getting them to submit the URL would (a) show you in Canvas who submitted and who didn't - important if the class is large- and (b) allow you to mark more easily in SpeedGrader.
Not ideal, but it would work.
Totally see what you mean though; why isn't this type of collaboration easier to set up in Canvas? They do have "Collaborations", but when I took a look just now I didn't see a way to set a Canvas Collaboration as an assignment. I didn't look that hard, admittedly. (ETA: I went back and looked harder and yep, really don't see that Canvas provides a way to allow multiple groups to edit a single document and also be able to see the changes / the document in SpeedGrader, short of students submitting the correct document URL, which is very clunky).