Google Drive and Canvas

Canvas and Google Apps are integrated — that is, they play (fairly) nice together. Which is good! What do I need to do to use this? First off, to use this integration you will need to give permission to it to access your Google Apps account. What this means is: the first time you try to do…

Connect a Google Doc to Canvas

Often we find that we would like for students to access a Google Doc (or Sheet or Slides or…) from within our Canvas course. There are, essentially, four paradigms for this access: Just link to the Google Doc This is the most straight-forward option. Create a hyperlink that takes the student to the Google Doc.…

I accidentally deleted something in Google Apps!

The good news is that, not only are there backups, but you have direct access to those backups whenever you need (or want)! We use a service called Backupify that creates a searchable backup of all of your files in Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, etc.) whenever you need it. Here’s how to restore something…

How do I share a Google Doc/Sheet/Slides/whatever in Canvas?

Lots of folks have vast repositories of documents stored up in their Google Drive, and would just like to tap into it to post files for their classes. Here’s how: Open the document in question. Click the blue Share button in the top right corner of the window. Take a quick look at the Who…

How do I turn in a “Word File” if I don’t have Microsoft Word?

One of the things that teachers love about Canvas is the ability to use a feature called “SpeedGrader” that lets them give feedback on written assignments in the browser. But, for SpeedGrader to reliably show your teachers what you’ve written, you need to turn in a “Word File” — that is, a version of your…