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Collaborations Overview (Instructors)

Collaborations Overview (Instructors)

In this video, you will learn how to use Collaborations in your Canvas course.

Last updated 2023-06-02


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Video overviews reflect current feature functionality in Canvas; they are updated based on workflow changes, not on minor or non-functional interface enhancements. Depending on your institution's Canvas theme, the Canvas interface may display differently than shown in this video, but the functionality is the same.

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In this video, you will learn how to use Collaborations in your Canvas course. Canvas integrates with Google Docs to allow multiple users to work together on the same document. Collaborations using Google Docs require course participants to have their own Google accounts, and users will be prompted to register their Google accounts in their personal settings in Canvas.

To get started, click Collaborations in course navigation. To start a new collaboration, click the Start a new collaboration button or Select the collaboration type. Your institution may have enabled Microsoft Office 365 or Google Drive as LTI tools for additional collaboration opportunities. Give the collaboration a name and description. Then, add people to the collaboration in the Collaborate With pane.

Click the name of individual users in the left column. The names will then display in the right column to show that you have added them to the collaboration. You can also add groups to the collaboration by clicking the Groups button and clicking the group names in the left column. The group name will appear in the right column to show that you have added it to the collaboration. To remove an individual or group from the collaboration, click the name in the right column, and it will appear in the left column to show that is has been removed. To remove all collaborators, click Remove All.

Click the Start Collaborating button to create the document. A new tab will open with your new document. Note that 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. To edit an existing Collaboration, click the edit icon. To delete an existing Collaboration, click the delete icon.

You've now completed this tutorial video on Collaborations. For additional information on this or any other topic about Canvas, please visit You can also ask questions and engage with other Canvas users by visiting

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