How students can use Google Drive for File Upload assignments

If you are a student who has been assigned a File Upload Canvas assignment, you will see an additional tab that allows you to select a file stored in your Google Drive.

Assignment submission page with option to upload via file upload or Google Assignments LTI 1.3


It’s important to know two things:

  • Instructor sees a Microsoft export, not the Google Document: If you submit a Google Document, Spreadsheet, or Presentation, your instructor receives a docx, xlsx or pptx file export. Once submitted, subsequent changes you make to your Google file will not be visible to your instructor.* To make a change, you will need to resubmit your work, assuming your instructor allowed multiple submissions before the due date.
  • You can attach 20 files, each up to 10 MB limit: If a single Google Doc, Spreadsheet, or Presentation exceeds 10 MB, you will need to download it as a pdf or equivalent Microsoft file, and upload that file to the Canvas assignment instead.

*If you don’t see File Upload or Google Drive (LTI 1.3) and instead see “Google Assignments,” your instructor has opted to give you a Google Assignment. The workflow is different but the idea is the same–once you submit, the instructor will see the version of your document at the time of submission; any subsequent changes will not be shared with the instructor.