Leveraging G-Suite Tools From Within Your LMS

Holly Zakos, Lehigh University


For the past year, Lehigh has been part of a Google pilot program that integrates Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive into our Learning Management System (LMS) allowing faculty to accept, receive, review, grade and share files without ever managing permissions or leaving our LMS. Faculty members can either choose to embed files from Google drive or set up assignments for students using an easy to set-up standard LTI integration called Course Kit. Signing up for the program is free for the institution. Most major LMSs are included such as Blackboard, Canvas, and Moodle but you must have G-Suite for Education instance.

Our Faculty have found that advantages include:

· Leveraging G-suite- Utilizing the standard tools that are part of our G-suite such as cloud storage, comments, revision history, multiple file format compatibility and inline commenting.

· Easy Workflow- No need to manage permissions, and files are easily transferred back and forth.

· Better Feedback- New tools include a customizable comment bank with more features in development.

· Easy to Share - Faculty can embed live docs in their LMS courses that are updated in real time when changes are made.



An integrated suite of secure, cloud-native collaboration and productivity apps powered by Google AI. Includes Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet and more.

Key Terms/Tags:

Document sharing, live editing, LMS integration

Directions for G-Suite:

  1. Visit the G-Suite website. If you already have a Gmail account, click the “sign in” prompt in the upper right corner. If you do not already have a Gmail account, you will need to create one.
  2. After signing in, visit the Apps page and begin exploring.
  3. Within the Google Drive, collaborators can work simultaneously on the same Google Doc (or Google Slides, Google Sheet, etc.). The items can also be e-mailed as attachments, downloaded as Microsoft documents, or shared publicly via a link in the “Share” settings.