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Instructional Design and Technology in Education

Google Course Kit – integrating Google into workflow

What is it?

Use Google suite within LMS

  • LTI standard
  • Saves time for giving feedback/interactions
  • leverage power of google files

Currently in Beta

Course Kit assignment

  • create assignment within LMS
  • submit files from drive or from hard drive
  • accommodates any file that you can store in drive
    • manage file permission exchange so when students turn in an assignment, the permissions changes while it is being graded (similar to classroom)
    • backup file automatically created when an assignment gets submitted so original state is available
  • Student and File switcher
    • like a filter so you can switch between student submissions for multiple assignments or between the same assignment for all students
  • Repetitive feedback – use the Comment bank
  • Returning student work
    • individual or in bulk
    • synchs grade with LMS
    • email notification to students with link back to assignment
    • file exchange changes permission back to student so in reserve, back up file automatically created so instructors have a preserved copy
  • from teach side – view of embedded assignment shows who has submitted and who hasn’t.
    • new grading interface lets you give a grade, add overall comments and use suggestions (by default) to add suggestions or can switch to leave margin comments
    • reuse comments with comment bank (saves commonly used feedback) by inserting # to use and add comment bank
  • Comments can be added to PDFs as well as other Google files
  • Uploaded files (will convert to Google file with original file retained)
    • file is returned as a Google doc

Course Kit file embed

  • embed any file from drive into LMS
  • automatically sets up sharing permission


  • Not currently working with Turnitin but may in the future
  • doesn’t currently incorporate rubrics functionality
    • course use add-on
  • embed doc are automatically updated
  • uses institutional gmail account
  • ownership of backup files go with user, not to LMS
  • Comments can also be added media files (anything that can be stored in Drive can be commented on)
  • Permissions – anyone with the link is the default
  • Comment banks are available across assignments and across courses. Working on a way to customize so comment banks can be course specific
  • embedded docs 508 compliant (uses iframes) so if file in drive is accessible then yes
  • peer-to-peer review/grading – coming soon
  • When LMS courses are copied, assignments are also copied as well as embedded file.


  • Multiple instructors – who owns the submitted copy?
  • Group assignments?
  • Adding handwritten annotations?
  • Make a copy option – looking into making this happen
  • Will Kaizena work with Course Kit?


Author: Heidi Olson

Heidi enjoys working with content experts in developing eCampus courses to provide alternatives for students. Her other interests include faculty training in best practices for eCampus and researching eCampus tools to help fulfill learning outcomes. Having worked in the distance education arena for over 20 years, she has a wide range of experiences in supporting students and faculty as technology and pedagogy evolve.

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