Use Google Drive with Canvas

In 2013 Boston College partnered with Google Apps for Education to provide the the Google suite of online services to the university.  Users can link their Boston College Google account with Canvas in order to take advantage of group collaboration features.  Please follow the steps below to register your Google account with Canvas.


(For more information on Google Apps for Education at Boston College, please see BC’s Information Technology Services’ website.)


Step-by-step instructions

After logging in to your BC Gmail account, open a new tab in your web browser and log in to Canvas using your BC credentials. 

BC Gmail and Canvas login

Navigate to your settings page by clicking on “Accounts” in the global navigation menu on the left.  Then, click “Settings.”

Account settings



Click on the “Google Docs” button, located in the center of the page under Other Services.

Google Docs settings


 A new window will appear, asking you to authorize Canvas to access your Google Docs.  Click the  “Authorize Google Docs Access” button.

Google docs authorization


Canvas will direct you to choose a Google account.  If your personal Google account appears as well, be sure to select your BC account.

Choose a Google account


The following screen will appear asking you to grant Instructure (the makers of Canvas) permission to access your Google Drive account.  Click “Allow access.”

Instructure permission request


You will be re-directed back to your “Settings” page.  A green band will appear on the top of the window stating “Google Docs access authorized!” Google Docs will now appear under “Registered Services”.

Google docs settings