How do I use a Google Doc as a Canvas assignment description/prompt?
In this tutorial, you will learn how to use a Google Doc (document) as a read-only assignment description in Canvas.
The benefit here is that you can make changes to one Google Doc and the changes will be reflected anywhere that Document is embedded or linked.
1. Create a new assignment
If you need additional help creating a Canvas assignment, click here.
2. Add a Google Drive Item to the Assignment Description
Above the assignment description text area, click on the blue, downward pointing arrow for More External Tools, and select Google Drive.
3. Find the desired document
Locate and select the document to be used as an assignment description/prompt and decide whether to embed it in the page or link to it externally.
In this case, it is recommended that you embed the document.
If you chose embed, in the assignment editing window, you will see your document embedded in the assignment description area.
Review/Finish your assignment options and Save or Save & Publish your assignment.
Your view of the assignment should look something like the following:
From the students' perspective, the assignment will look like the following, with the embedded document appearing as View only and a Submit Assignment button (if the submission type was Online).