Getting Started with Google Assignments

This article is intended for Stanford instructors who have signed up for the Google Assignments pilot and assumes Google Assignments has already been added to your course.

Please share this “Start, revise & submit assignments” article with students, as it is an overview and index of related help articles about: 

Using Google Assignments

The How Assignments works guide gives an overview of creation, student submission, and grading, but when it comes to getting started, see below. 

Set up a Google Assignment

  1. Go to Assignments and create a new assignment.
  2. You must name the Assignment and set the point value; other parameters are optional*
  3. For Submission Type, select External Tool.
  4. Click the Find button to see a list of tools.
  5. Select Google Assignments (LTI 1.3).
  6. You will be prompted to select your Google account. Be sure to choose the one ending with and click Continue.

  7. A Create a Google assignment window will pop-up where you can opt to:
    • Check plagiarism: compare student work to web pages and books on the internet, not journal databases or other papers submitted at the university. Students are warned when this option is enabled and will have the opportunity to run three originality checks before submitting.
    • Attach files: attach a file if you have a sample template that each student should get a separate, editable copy of; students can also attach a completely separate file. 
  8. You must select where you would like to  grade this assignment. How instructors and students share files shows both the Google Assignments grading workflow and the SpeedGrader grading workflow:
    • *Google Assignments: Points and due date you add here must match the parameters of the Canvas assignment containing it or the grades won’t sync back to the Canvas Gradebook properly. Grading will occur in Google, and instructors can mark up student submitted Google Document, Presentation, etc.
    • SpeedGrader: Google files submitted by students will be converted into their equivalent Microsoft file and grading will occur in SpeedGrader. Students will need to view their grades and feedback in Canvas.

Grading a Google Assignment

If you chose to grade in Google Assignments, view the Open and review assignments guide to get an overview and index of related help articles such as: 

Other benefits of Google Assignments

Outside of Google Assignments, the following functionality is available to you, and in some cases to students.