You can now log in to your Office 365 account and share your OneDrive files in Canvas.
This fall, WPI IT launched Microsoft’s Office 365. The cloud storage component of Office 365 is called OneDrive, which allows you to store and access documents from anywhere, just by logging into https://portal.wpi.edu with your WPI credentials.
Lucky for us, Canvas has a OneDrive integration, so you’ll be able to utilize documents stored in OneDrive in your Canvas course site, without affecting your course size quota.
There are many other benefits to using OneDrive within Canvas, such as the ability to embed assignments into Canvas, create OneDrive collaborations in Canvas, and finally– changes you make to documents embedded in Canvas will automatically be reflected in your course site (no need to re-upload). Students will also be able to utilize their OneDrive storage in Canvas by submitting assignments and creating collaborations.
Workshops & Support
The Academic Technology Center will offer workshops and open office hours over the next few weeks to help you get comfortable with using OneDrive in Canvas. Check out our calendar for the list of dates. Not able to make any of our workshops? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a one-on-one training– we’re happy to find time that is convenient for you.
Log in to Canvas and look for Office 365 in your course navigation to get started!
We’ve developed some documentation to help you maximize your use of OneDrive with Canvas. Download the PDF guide from the new WPI Portal or read on below and bookmark this page!
Access your OneDrive files in Canvas
Click on the Office 365 link in the left-hand navigation menu of your course. You may be prompted to login to your OneDrive account (Note: You are the only one who can access your OneDrive files this way. If students click on this link, they will be prompted to log in to their own account). If you would like to disable this feature, you can do this under Settings > Navigation.
Share OneDrive documents in Modules
Click on the Modules link, select the + icon under the desired Module, and choose External Tool. Click on the link for Office 365, choose the file, and click Attach File. Last, click Add Item.
Share OneDrive documents in any Rich Content Editor page
Go to any Rich Content Editor page (found in Assignments, Discussions, Syllabus, and Pages) and click on the red Office icon (if you don’t see it, click on the blue V icon in the toolbar to expand a menu of additional tools). Choose the desired file and click Attach File. The document will open in a new tab (it will not preview in Canvas).
Students can upload a OneDrive document as an assignment submission
When students click on the Submit Assignment button, they will see the Office 365 tab. This will link them to their OneDrive account. They can choose a file from their OneDrive account and submit it.
Create a cloud assignment using a OneDrive file as a template
Add an assignment and change the Submission Type to “External Tool“. Click on the Find button and choose Office 365 Cloud Assignment. Choose the desired file and click Attach File. Add your specific assignment settings as usual, then Save and Publish the assignment.
How students submit a cloud assignment from an instructor provided template
When students click on the assignment, they will see the template embedded in the page . They can click on Open  and edit the template (the document automatically saves, though students should go to File > Save As and save a version on their computer just in case). When they are ready to submit the document, they return to Canvas and click on Submit.
Instructors can grade the submission in Speed Grader and make comments in the overall comments section only (Note: Instructors cannot make annotations on the paper and some submitted assignments may not preview in Speed Grader).
Collaborate on a OneDrive file
Click on the Collaborations link in the course navigation menu, click the + Start a new collaboration button, and then choose Office 365 from the drop down menu. Choose the type of file you wish students to collaborate on (it can be a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document) and follow screen prompts to add students as collaborators. Then click Save.
(Note: You must add at least 1 additional collaborator to this document).
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