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How do I create a Google Drive collaboration as an instructor?

How do I create a Google Drive collaboration as an instructor?

You can use Google Drive to create a collaboration with a Google Document, Spreadsheet, or Presentation. You can select individual users, groups, or both as part of a collaboration.

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. However, a Google file may be shared with up to 200 email addresses including viewers, commenters, and editors.


  • Once you invite a user to a collaboration, the collaboration is available to the user in the user's Google Drive. Uninviting the user or deleting the collaboration does not remove access to the collaboration once a user has been added.

Open the Collaborations Index Page

From the Course Navigation Menu, click Collaborations.

Canvas Course Collaborations button

Start a New Collaboration

Click the + Collaboration button in the top right.

Canvas + Collaboration button

Set Collaboration Options

Select what type of Google Drive content to collaborate with in the Kind dropdown.

Canvas Collaboration - content type dropdown

Give the collaboration a title in the Name text box.

Canvas Collaboration - Name

Describe the purpose of the collaboration in the Description text area.

Canvas Collaboration - description

Add People

Add individual students or groups as collaborators.

Groups will need to be created in Canvas before being used in Collaborations.

Canvas Collaborations - People & Group selection

Remove selected collaborators by clicking the X to the right.

Canvas Collaboration - remove person/group


When you are finished editing, click SUBMIT in the bottom left to save the Collaboration.

Canvas Collaboration - submit button

You can view your saved Collaboration on the Collaborations Index Page.

Saved Canvas Collaboration