Google Workspace

Technology Overview

Google Workspace includes a suite of file creation and digital collaboration tools. Sharing settings allow for multiple people to edit and/or view files. These tools can be used individually or collaboratively, and synchronously or asynchronously.

Use Case and Benefits

  • Use Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms for creating individual or group project files.
  • Co-create files with real-time collaborative writing and editing. Changes are tracked by each author in revision history.
  • Run wording similarity check, citations check, and grammar check on draft documents while writing using the Turnitin Draft Coach add-in for Google Docs.
  • Facilitate peer review using commenting features.
  • Create template files for students to fill in or copy and edit.
  • Use Google Drive to organize your files. Set up a collaborative workspace where specified users can see and edit all files you give them access to.

Accessing the Technology

Browser-based tool. Faculty and staff accounts must opt into using Google Workspace before access. Students automatically get access to Google Workspace and other apps

Once activated for Google services, most Google apps can be accessed via Google Drive or from the app switcher once you log into Google Drive. There are also integrations for myCourses to share Google files in Content, Assignment submissions, and other places throughout myCourses.

Learn More & Get Help

To start learning about Google Workspace, review the following curated resources:



Instructors and students can find additional training and support resources in the CTL knowledge base.

  1. Access the CTL Knowledge Base and log in with your RIT account.
  2. Use the search box at the top of the page to find resources by keywords.
  3. Use the Categories in the left side navigation to find resources by topic area.

Instructors may also request a consultation to discuss strategies for use of Google in their course.

For issues with Google login and accounts, contact the RIT Service Center.

For questions about using Google Workspace in a classroom context, contact the Center for Teaching and Learning.

For all other questions, contact the RIT Service Center.