A UM System G Suite account is required. All UM System faculty, staff and students can create an account.

  1. Go to www.google.com and click the Sign in button in the page’s upper right-hand corner.
  2. Enter your login in the format USERNAME@umsystem.edu. Click Next.
  3. Accept terms.

After you've created your account, add your assignment files to Google Drive before following the steps below.

To create a Google Assignment in your Canvas site:

  1. From your Canvas site, click the Assignments button in your course navigation menu.
  2. Enter a name, description and point value.
  3. In the Submission Type section, select External Tool from the dropdown menu (See Fig. 1).
    Figure 1: Select the External Tool option.
  4. Click the Find button (see Fig. 2).
    Figure 2: Click the Find button.
  5. In the Configure External Tool pop-up window, scroll down the list and locate the Google Assignments tool (See Fig. 3). Select it.
    Figure 3: Locate the Google Assignments tool in the list.
  6. A pop-up window will appear. Login to your Google Drive account, or confirm that the account you are currently logged into is correct. Click the Continue button.
  7. The pop-up window will switch to the Create a Google assignment page (See Fig. 4).
    • Choose whether you want to use the plagiarism (originality) tool.
    • Attach files from your Google Drive that you want to use with the assignment.
    • Enter the same point value that you did in the Canvas page. 
    • If you will enter a due date in the Canvas page, enter the same date here. Otherwise, leave this field blank.
    • Choose whether you want to use a rubric. If so, select a Rubric or create a new one. Otherwise, skip this step.
      Figure 4: Google Assignments set up.
  8. Click the Create button. You'll return to the Configure External Tool pop-up window.
  9. Click the Select button. The pop-up window closes, and you will return to the Canvas Assignment page.
  10. Continuing entering the information on the Canvas page. If you entered a due date on the Google Assignment pop-up window, enter the same date here. 
  11. Click the Save & Publish or the Save button.


Canvas Google Assignment

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