It is easier for teachers to use Google docs than to use Word docs or PDF files. Why? Because to update a Word doc or PDF you must download it, open Word, edit, save, upload and relink into the course. To edit a Google doc, you just edit.
Here are the steps to putting a Google doc into a Canvas course.
- In Google Drive, make the Google doc. (Instructions for converting a Word doc to a Google doc. If you need help, put in a help desk ticket.)
- In Google Drive, right-click the Google doc and click Share....
- In the "Share with others" window, click "Advanced":
- In the "Sharing settings" window, in the "Who has access" area, click "Change..." to change from "Private - Only you can access":
- In the "Link sharing" window, check "On - Anyone with the link", and click Save:
- Back at the "Sharing settings" verify "Who has access" is "Anyone who has the link can view". Then copy the "Link to share", by right-click, copy:
- In Canvas add that link wherever you want. You can add it to a module, just like you'd add any External URL. You can put it in a page, just like you'd add any link. You can add it to the instructions of an assignment, just like you'd add any link in that area.