Friday, November 2, 2012

Embedding a Google Doc Into Courses

by Landon Phillips

Using Resources to Link a Google Doc Into Courses

Google Docs offers a fantastic way to enable students to collaborate on group projects or create living documents that can be shared with the entire class. But did you know that you can embed these documents directly into your Courses site? The Resources tool enables you to do this.

  1. Open up the Google Doc you’d like to share, and click the blue Share button in the top right of the screen.
  2. By default, the document will be set to "Private - Only the people listed below can access." Click the blue Change... link to the right.
  3. Select the option "Anyone with the link."
  4. (Optional) If you’d like your students to be able to edit the document in addition to simply seeing it, click the blue "can view" drop down button, and then select "can edit."
  5. Click the green Save button.
  6. At the top of the share window, you'll see the "link to share." Copy that link by right clicking it and selecting "Copy." You can also use the keyboard shortcuts CTRL-C (Windows) or Command-C (Mac).
  7. Log into Courses and click the tab for your site.
  8. Click Resources in the left menu.
  9. Click Add next to the folder into which you want to place the link.
  10. Select Add Web Links (URL).
  11. In the ‘Web Address (URL)’ box paste your Google Doc link by right clicking and selecting "Paste." You can also use the keyboard shortcuts CTRL-V (Windows) or Command-V (Mac).
  12. In the "Website Name" box enter a title for the Google Doc link as you’d like it to appear for your participants.
  13. Click Add Web Links Now.
The Google Doc is now available to your site participants.

Did you know you can also link to a Google Doc as your class syllabus? You can either place the link in Resources or use the "redirect" feature in the Syllabus tool.