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Collaborations Overview (Students)

Collaborations Overview (Students)

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

Last updated 2023-06-01


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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 both Google Docs and Microsoft Office 365 to allow multiple users to collaborate on the same document. Collaborations require users to have their own Google or Microsoft accounts. Users will be prompted to register their accounts in their personal settings in Canvas.

To get started, click Collaborations in the Course Navigation menu. To create a new collaboration, click the Start a new collaboration button. 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. From the Collaborate With pane, you can add people to the collaboration.

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 on 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 it has been removed.

To remove all collaborators, click the Remove All link.

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 next to the name. To delete an existing Collaboration, click the delete icon.

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

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