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Course Kit is a suite of tools developed by Google that provides integration between Google Drive and learning management systems like Canvas. The following are currently available through Course Kit; more tools are expected in the future.

  • Google Course Kit Assignments: Facilitates the workflow for submitting, reviewing, and grading assignment submissions in native Google format (for example, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, etc.) as well as almost any file type stored in Google Drive (including files produced by connected apps like LucidChart, Draw.io, and others)
  • Google Drive: Allows instructors and students to embed any file stored in Google Drive in the Canvas Rich Content Editor. Embedded files are automatically shared with "Anyone with the link" to ensure that all course members can view the file.
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Google Course Kit Assignments

The Google Course Kit Assignments tool is designed to allow instructors and students to take full advantage of the collaborative content creation, review, and editing tools built into Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Differences between this tool and the Google Docs Cloud Assignment tool (developed by Instructure) include the following:

  • Unlike the Google Docs Cloud Assignment tool, which converts Google documents to PDF format upon submission to Canvas, Google Course Kit submissions remain in their native format once they are submitted and file ownership is transferred from the student to the instructor (students retain read-only rights).
  • Instructors and graders can freely edit and comment on the original Google Drive files.
  • Teachers and TAs can create a bank of reusable comments that can be inserted into any Google document submitted via the Course Kit Assignments tool.
  • When Google submissions are returned to students, ownership is returned to the student, but teachers and TAs retain editing rights. This allows students to turn in new versions of the same file for a resubmission or another assignment.
  • When selecting the external tool for the assignment, look for the tool named Google Course Kit Assignments (the Google documentation refers to the tool as "Course Kit Assignments").
  • The first time a Google Course Kit Assignments is launched by a teacher, TA, or student, a Course Kit folder is added to that person's Google Drive, and subfolders are created for each Canvas course in which the tool is used.
  • The Course Kit folder for teachers and TAs contains students' original assignment submissions. In addition, when submissions in Google Docs, Sheets, and/or Slides formats are returned to students, dated copies are retained in the Course Kit folder for instructors and TAs.
  • The Course Kit folder for students contains dated snapshots of Google Docs, Sheets, and/or Slides files submitted to Google Course Kit Assignments.

Help documentation

Instructors and TAs


Embed Google content with Google Drive (Course Kit)

The Google Drive (Course Kit) tool gives users the ability to embed Google Drive files in content created with the Rich Content Editor. This tool replaces the Google Drive tool developed by Instructure, and there are several noteworthy differences:

  • The Course Kit tool can be used to embed any file stored in Google Drive regardless of file format. The Instructure tool only supported Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
  • When a file is embedded with the Course Kit tool, permissions are automatically modified to allow anyone with the link to view the file. Permissions were not changed by the Instructure tool.
  • The Course Kit tool offers an embed option only, whereas the Instructure tool could be used link to Google Drive content in addition to embedding it.

To use the Google Drive (Course Kit) tool to embed Google Drive content in the Canvas Rich Content Editor:

  1. When creating content with the Rich Content Editor in Pages, Assignments, Announcements, or another Canvas tool, in the editing toolbar, open the More External Tools menu and select Google Drive (Course Kit):
    Canvas Rich Content Editor with Google Drive (Course Kit) selected
  2. In the "Google Drive" pop-up, click Sign In.
  3. Log in with your Google at IU account:
    • If you're already logged into a Google account, when prompted to choose a Google account, choose your_username@iu.edu. If your Google at IU account is not listed, click Use another account, enter your_username@iu.edu, and click Next to log in.
    • If you are not logged in to Google, you'll be prompted to sign in with your Google account, enter your_username@iu.edu, and click Next to log in.
      Your account ends with @iu.edu regardless of your campus or your primary email address.
  4. Use the options in the "Insert Files using Google Drive" window to locate or upload the file you want to embed, and click Add.
  5. You'll be returned to the Canvas Rich Content Editor. Continue editing or save your work.

Additional resources

Get help

Instructors can get help using technology in their teaching at the teaching and learning centers on each campus.

For help from a UITS Support Center consultant, fill out the "Ask for Help" form found in the Canvas Help menu. You can also contact your campus Support Center directly.

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Last modified on 2019-03-22 12:48:15.

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