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To add a Google Doc to an assignment, start by creating your doc or, if it is already created, making sure you know where the Doc is located in your Google Drive. Then, set the sharing permissions for the Doc by clicking the Share button in the top right corner of the page.
A new window will pop up offering some sharing options. You may need to click More to see all available options.
If you want students to be able to edit the exact document that you are sharing, you will want to choose Anyone at your institution can edit. However, if you want students to make a copy of the document before editing, make sure you have it set to where others Can view it. You can choose to limit access to your school, or allow anyone to view it, depending on the nature of the assignment.
Once you have set the sharing permissions, go to the assignment where you would like to add the Doc. Click on the settings icon on the far right and click Edit Settings.
When the assignment opens, click the Google Docs tab. If you are not already connected to your Drive you will be prompted to connect at this time. If you are already signed in your Drive, you will be connected automatically.
Navigate to your document and click Insert to add it to the assignment. You can add more than one document if needed. You can also preview the document to confirm it is the right one.
Click Save and Display to see the assignment.
Then, click the Google Docs tab to see any Docs that have been attached. You can open the document by clicking the Preview button.
The document is displayed with the standard Google Doc toolbar. You can edit and make comments here and the changes will take place in real time. The one thing you cannot do is set the sharing permissions, so be sure to do that while you are in drive.
When a student opens the same assignment, as shown here, they will also see the Google Docs tab. They can view it by clicking the preview button as well, but based on the sharing settings in drive, they may or may not be able to edit the document. If they can’t edit, however, they can still make a copy, add it to their drive, download it or print it.