Canvas Collaborations

The collaborations section in your Canvas course is a tool that allows you to create collaborative Google docs to share with your students. A collaborative document allows you and your students to work together either during your live your course session, or asynchronously,  to share ideas and conduct group work. Google Docs allows you to work collaboratively on tasks like group papers or note-taking.  Collaborations gives you and your students an easy place to keep track of those collaborations, and also to set them up without having to swap emails.

NOTE:  Not all faculty/students have EliApps (Yale's Google for Education) Accounts.  This means that when you use the collaborations tool with Google, some students may need to create a personal Google account so that they can collaborate.  Because of this limitation, we do recommend that you try to use other tools like OneDrive - which is provided to all Yale University members - even though it is not fully integrated with Canvas at this time.

Why Use Canvas Collaborations

  • Collaborations can be used to edit a shared document with your class.  
  • Copy and paste notes that everyone can access.
  • Create a text-based whiteboard that everyone in the classroom can see and refer to later.

What does this look like in my course?

Once enabled from the course settings area, you will be able to start collaborating with Google Docs. You will need to give your document a name, and add the users to begin. Click Start Collaboration to see your document.

Your collaborations will be listed under the Collaborations tab. This is where you can open the collaboration, edit the collaborations settings, or delete the collaboration.