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Canvas collaboration tools

Collaboration tools in Canvas allows students to foster teamwork and communication among students and teachers.

Canvas Groups

  • Students can be assigned to groups in different ways:
    • manually assigned by teachers
    • automatically assigned by Canvas
    • allowed to sign up to their preferred groups
  • Students can be assigned to stay working in the same group throughout the whole course, or new group sets can be created for each new activity.
  • Using Groups, students can work collaboratively on shared content by using:
    • Student-created Pages
    • Files
    • Group Announcements
    • Discussions
    • Inbox
  • Create group set and subgroups to divide up marking more efficient.

Video: Canvas tutorial – Canvas Groups

Canvas-integrated collaboration tools

Here are some of plugins that are already integrated into Canvas at University of Auckland:


Google Workspace

The Google Workspace enables students to work together on the Google platform, including Mail, Calendar, Meet, Chat, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. For more information see our page about Google Workspace.



Perusall is a social reading platform. Students read and annotate readings in small groups, then comment on each other’s annotations. They can ask and answer questions anonymously. For more information see our page about Perusall.


For other apps and learning tools that can be used for collaborating in the classroom and online, see:



Support options are available through the Staff Service Centre or the 24-hour hotline. Please visit the learning technology support page for details.

See also

Canvas Sections and Groups

Learn about the difference between managing students through Sections and Groups in Canvas.

Communicating with students

Read about strategies for communicating with students.

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