I. Before Working on the Assignment


1. You need to associate your Google account with Canvas to use collaborations. If you have not already done so, please connect your Google account to Canvas: 


How do I connect to Google Drive as a web service in Canvas as a student?


Important: It is recommended that you use your GoogleSAS account only if you use your sas.upenn.edu email address. If you have your sas.upenn.edu email forwarded to another email address, you must use a personal Google account. You can create a personal Google account by following these instructions: 


Set up a Google Drive account


2. You will need to join a Canvas group to complete this assignment even if you are working alone.

To join a group, please follow these instructions:


How do I join a group as a student?


Important:

  • Please make sure to select a group that has "Group Assignment 3" in the name followed by a number (for example, "Group Assignment 3 12"). There are 37 groups, so you might need to scroll to find the group you want to join.
  • If you are working alone, be sure to look for a group that displays "0 Students."
  • If you are working with classmates, make sure you are all joining the same group.
  • If you accidentally join a group  you can leave the group by following these instructions: How do I leave a group as a student?
    • Reasons you would leave a group:
      • You want to work alone, but you accidentally joined a group that has students in it.
      • You accidentally joined a group that has classmates with whom you do not plan to collaborate on the assignment. 

3. Set up the Google Doc collaboration:

  • If you are working alone: 
    • You will set up the collaboration yourself. 
  • If  you are working with other classmates:
    • Pick one group member to set up the collaboration in a Google Doc.

To set up the Google Doc collaboration, click Groups > the link for the  group (for example: Group Assignment 3 12) > Collaborations. Then,  follow these instructions to create the collaboration:

How do I start a collaboration in a group?

Important:

  •  If you are working with classmates, please be sure to add them to the collaboration. 
  • You might be asked to to confirm your Google account again. If so, please click on the link to do this. 

Example of secondary Google Drive confirmation in Canvas

3. The person creating the Google doc will need to copy and paste the content from the "Assignment Document" file into the Google Doc.  To do this, open the "Assignment Document" file and  press the Ctrl and keys (PC) or Command and C keys (Mac) to copy the document's content. Then, open the Google Doc collaboration and click the Ctrl and keys (PC) or Command and A keys (Mac) to paste the document's content in to the Google Doc. 

Important: The pasted content will lose its formatting, and none of the figures will be copied, so you will need to consult the format and figures in the original "Assignment Document" file to complete the assignment. 


II. Working on the Assignment

1. Find you group by clicking Groups > the link for the  group (for example: Group Assignment 3 12) > Collaborations.
 
2. Click Collaborations > name of the collaboration (for example Group Assignment 3 12 Work)This will open the Google Doc.
 
3. You can complete the assignment by typing into the Google Doc to respond to questions.
 
Important: 
  •  If your are working with classmates, you will need to decided how to split up the work. It is recommended that you discuss this before working on the assignment. One easy way to do this is to pick a time to open the Google Doc together and use the chat feature to discuss how you will collaborate on the assignment. For more information on how to use the chat feature in Google Docs, please consult: 
 
How to Use the Google Docs Chat
 

III. Submitting the Assignment

1. When you are finished working on the assignment, you will need to download it as a Word document or PDF, which you can do by  opening the Google Doc and clicking File > Download >Microsoft Word (.docx) or PDF document (.pdf).

Important: 

  • If you are working with classmates, only one of you will need to download the file. 

 

Example of where to find options to export a Google Doc to .docx or .pdf

 

2. You will submit the downloaded file for the assignment by following these instructions:
 
How do I submit an online assignment?

Important: 

  • If you are working with classmates, only one of you will need to submit the file.