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How do I create a Google Drive collaboration as a student?

How do I create a Google Drive collaboration as a student?

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.

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 by your instructor before being used in Collaborations.

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