Canvas and Google Collaborations

To integrate Google and Canvas accounts, the most important thing is to make sure you integrate your Emerson google account, NOT your personal google account.

Steps to integrate services/accounts:

  1. If necessary, log out of personal Gmail.
  2. In Course Navigation, click the Collaborations link.

    A screenshot of the Course Navigation list with 'Collaborations' highlighted.

  3. To start a new collaboration, click the drop-down menu and choose Google Docs for your new collaboration.

    A screenshot that demonstrates the need to choose 'Google Docs' from the drop down menu under 'Start a New Collaboration'.

  4. Each collaborator will need to authorize Canvas access their Google account to use Google Docs to collaborate. Click Authorize Google Drive Access and log into your Emerson Google drive.

    A screenshot of the buttons that say 'Authorize Google Drive Access' or 'Cancel'.

  5. Google will ask you: 

    A screenshot of Canvas asking for permission to view and manage the files in your Google Drive. 

  6. Go ahead and allow access. 
  7. And that's it—you are done! Start collaborating!


To create a collaboration document using Google Docs:

    1. Name the document.
    2. Create a description.
    3. Select collaborators
    4. Click the Start Collaborating button.

A screenshot that shows the forms to enter document name, description, list of collaborators, and to click 'Start Collaborating'.


You can view the newly created document in a new browser window.


A screenshot of a Google Doc called 'Exam Notes'. Presumably, this is the newly created collaboration document.



Another benefit of integrating Google Workspace for Education with Canvas is that you can now submit assignments via GoogleDocs! You can find out how in this Canvas Guide.

Images borrowed from Canvas Guides.


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