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Canvas has improved its integration with Google Apps making it easier for instructors to include collaborations, content sharing, engaging course content, and assignment distribution directly within Canvas. The integration also makes it easy for students to collaborate with instructors and fellow students on individual or group assignments.

Students and faculty should register the Google Drive service in Canvas to ensure their Geneseo account is associated with Canvas assignments and documents. 


  1. Login into Canvas
  2. Click on Account in the left blue menu
  3. Click on Settings
  4. Click on Google Drive to register the LTI. Use your Geneseo credentials

Caution! If you are not logged into your Geneseo account, you will not be able to see course materials shared in Google.


If you have already connected your Google Drive account with Canvas but continue to see the "Authorize" prompt in Canvas,  here are some troubleshooting steps you can take before contacting CIT. After each numbered step, please be sure you completely quit the browser before logging into Canvas and trying again; closing the browser window is not sufficient.

  1. Clear your browser’s cache and cookies. You can learn more about the steps required, unique to your browser and device, through this helpful article .
  2. Disable “block third-party cookies” (a Chrome account preference).

    1. Launch Chrome. At the top right, click More (the three vertical dots) >   Settings

    2. At the bottom, click Advanced

    3. Under “Privacy and security,” click Site settings

    4. Click Cookies

    5. Disable Block third-party cookies

  3. Re-register Google Drive in  Canvas
    1. Log into Canvas and click Account  →  Settings

    2. If Google Drive appears as a Registered Service , hover over the item and click the X and select OK to unregister the service. 

    3. If Google Drive LTI IAD-Prod is listed as an Approved Integration , click the Trash icon and click OK to delete the integration. 

    4. Return to the Canvas course and click Google Drive  →  Authorize 

  4. Re-authorize Canvas integration via Google account

    1. Navigate to . Click Sign In and enter your Geneseo credentials. Then click the profile icon and select Google Account

    2. Click Security from the left-hand menu and scroll down until you see Third-party apps with account access ; click Manage third-party access

    3. Locate and click on Canvas , then select Remove Access

    4. Locate and click on Google Drive LTI by Canvas , then select Remove Access

    5. Return to the Canvas course and click Google Drive  →  Authorize  

Related Self Help Guides

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    Submitting a Turnitin Assignment You can submit Turnitin assignments directly in Canvas. Turnitin measures assignment originality and indicates what percent of your assignment matches internet sources.
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    Turnitin Originality and Plagiarism Service — Turnitin is an originality and plagiarism service that is available for faculty and students directly in our Learning Management System – Canvas. 
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    Assignments with Canvas Rubrics and Turnitin Originality Checking — This guide provides information for faculty who want to utilize the Turnitin originality and plagiarism service with a Canvas rubric.
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    Creating a Turnitin Assignment (Geneseo Guide) — Turnitin is an originality and plagiarism service that is available for faculty and students directly in Canvas. This guide will provide the basics to help you get started with creating a Turnitin assignment in your course(s).

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    Using Geneseo Outcomes for Assessment — This guide was created in collaboration with Melanie Blood, Interim Associate Provost for Assessment and Curriculum. For questions regarding the assessment process at Geneseo, please contact her office directly.
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    The "Undelete" Trick in Canvas — Did you delete an assignment or quiz in Canvas? Do you regret it? This guide will help you recover it.

More Help

For questions about Canvas, contact CIT via our online service desk or email

For tips, tricks, and updates on learning technologies at Geneseo, visit our Educational Technology ChatTo explore Canvas Guides (created by Instructure), visit

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