Canvas: Authorize Canvas Groups to Access Your UofM Google Drive for Google Docs

Canvas integrates with Google Drive both at the course level and at the Group level making it easy for you to collaborate with others in both environments. There are two different integrations at each level. Each integration requires you to authorize Canvas to use your UoM Google Drive.

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Signing out of any personal non-UofM Google Accounts

When you authorize your account, you must use your UofM Google account, NOT a personal account. You will have to sign out of any non-UofM Google accounts before you begin the authorization process.

  1. Select your Google Account button (upper-right corner). 
  2. Sign out of any personal / non-UofM Google Accounts.
    Google account drop-down menu; sign out of all accounts button highlighted
    • If you are using Chrome confirm that you have turned off sync and are signed out of the browser.

Authorizing Canvas to use Google Drive Web Service in Groups

Once you have signed out of any personal Google Accounts, you will be ready to authorize your UofM Google Drive to use the Canvas Google Drive Web Service

The process spelled out below is for someone who has never authorized their UofM Google Drive for any collaboration. 

  1. Go to Canvas and click Groups in the Global Navigation bar.
  2. Select the appropriate group.
  3. Click Collaborations. You will see one of two screens:
    • Go to Step 4 if you see the Current Collaborations page with information about what collaborations are and a section called Start a New Collaboration with the Collaborate using showing the default option of Google Docs.
      current collaborations page, start new collaboration section, authorize google drive access and cancel buttons
    • If you see a list of collaborations, you can kick off the authorization process in one of 2 ways
      • Click Start a New Collaboration
      • Click into an existing collaboration.
        current collaborations list showing a collaboration
        The Start a New Collaboration window appears with the Authorize Google Drive Access button.
        Start Collaboration window; collaborate using drop-down menu shows Google Docs followed by info on Google Docs. Authorize Google Drive Access and Cancel buttons
  4. Click Authorize Google Drive Access. You will see one of the following pop-ups:
    • Go to Step 5 if you see the Choose an account to continue to Canvas pop-up.

      Sign in with Google dialog box. Text: "Choose an account to continue to Canvas"
    • If you see the Sign in to continue to Canvas pop-up, enter your UofM email address and click Next.
      Sign in to continue to Canvas dialog box
  5. Choose your University Google account. The Canvas wants to access your Google Account message appears.
    Canvas wants to access your Google Account window contains text about making sure you trust Canvas; links to Google Account info and to learning about the risks.
  6. Click Allow. A message appears at the top of the screen indicating you have successfully authorized Google Docs. The Collaborations page reappears with a Start a New Collaboration form ready for you to complete. In the left column, your Group members and the instructor's name are listed. In the right column is a text note: "Click or tap a user or group in the left-hand column to add Collaborators."
  7. You can now Start a New Collaboration.
    • Be sure to add yourself to the list of collaborators.
    • Or click the Collaborations page to see the list of existing collaborations, if any.

Avoiding account conflicts when using Google Drive Web Service in Canvas

If you are logged into both your UofM account AND any personal google accounts, your browser could become confused about which Google account to use, even after you have authorized Canvas to work with Google Drive. Be sure to sign out of your personal Google account before you use Google Drive in Canvas.

Tips for success

Avoid browser confusion. 

  • Use one browser for your UofM Google account; use a different browser for any personal accounts.
  • Use an incognito / private window for one of the accounts.
    • This doesn't always work. If you have trouble, use another browser.

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