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.
- Go to Assignments and create a new assignment.
- You must name the Assignment and set the point value; other parameters are optional*
- For Submission Type, select External Tool.
- Click the Find button to see a list of tools.
- Select Google Assignments (LTI 1.3).
- You will be prompted to select your Google account. Be sure to choose the one ending with @stanford.edu and click Continue.
- 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.
- *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:
- Give feedback (including using the comment bank)
- Originality reports
- Grade with a rubric
- Grade and return an assignment
Other benefits of Google Assignments
Outside of Google Assignments, the following functionality is available to you, and in some cases to students.
- Students can submit Google Drive files to File upload assignments: This is a convenient way of allowing students the option of submitting files from their Google Drive, which is where many students store their work, or their hard drive. This option allows you to grade work as a PDF in SpeedGrader but you will not be able to use originality reports or attach a Google Document template; those options require you to set up a Google Assignment
- Embed drive files with the rich text editor
- Add Drive files to Modules