Although MBC Documents went a long way towards fully-integrated, cloud-based document support in My Big Campus, many of you have also requested integration with Google Docs. After several months of work, I'm pleased to be able to tell you that tonight's update will allow users users to link their Google ID with their My Big Campus account, and edit their Google Docs within MBC.
Administrators: Enable Google Docs in Policies
Administrators will see a new option in Policies: Google Docs Integration. This option must be selected (checked) to enable users with that policy to integrate their Google ID with My Big Campus.
Everyone: Enable Google Docs on the Application settings page
Once the administrator has enabled Google Docs integration, here's how to turn it on.
- Click the Account (gear head) icon in the top navigation bar, then select Applications.
- On the Applications page, click Add Google Integration.
- My Big Campus will connect securely to Google, where you'll be prompted for your login and password.
You can share Google Docs on My Big Campus, in a wall or discussion post, in Group Resources, or as part of an assignment. You'll need to change the Sharing settings on your Google Document to allow "Public on the web" or "Anyone with the link." In My Big Campus, click Documents in the Share options below the text entry box for your post, then select Google Docs. You'll see a list of your Google documents. Use the search tool to find your document, then select the document and save your post.
One important note: Because the integration does not allow for monitoring and reporting of Google Docs content, you'll only be able to share Google docs within your school, and not the whole My Big Campus community. My staff are preparing more information, including FAQs, on how to enable and use Google Docs within My Big Campus -- stay tuned for this in the next few days.
Your comments are welcome; I'm eager to learn how you plan to use Google Docs with My Big Campus.