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Student ability to create Microsoft Online documents within itslearning to submit assignments

Now that teachers can create Microsoft files directly in itslearning, we were wondering if students could be given the same ability within an assignment. Could we allow students to click on an option when answering an assignment that would allow them to create a blank Word, Powerpoint, or Excel document to complete and submit? 


This would be helpful for our distance learners who could have varying word processing tools. It would also help with students with Chromebooks... Being able to create documents inside of itslearning could move some Google Classroom users into the LMS full-time.

  • Michele Eaton
  • Mar 8 2017
  • Released
Country US
Category Grading and assessment
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  • Serdal Arslan commented
    18 Jun 21:27

    Lieber Its-Admin,

    ich würde gerne wissen, warum die Schülerinnen selber kein MS-Office Datei erstellen dürfen? Wir können natürlich für alle Schülerinnen eine Kopie erstellen. Allerdings ist es eigentlich eine Blockierung, dass die Schülerinnen selber nichts produzieren können. Gib es für das Problem eine Lösung oder Update?

  • Admin
    itslearning support commented
    September 26, 2019 20:56

    When Office Online is enabled by your system administrator, teachers can add an Office file to an assignment and make a copy of the file as basis for their student's answers. Students work on the Office documents directly in itslearning, the implementation of Office Online is freely available and does not require a Microsoft account.

    Teachers can also add Office documents from their private OneDrive or, if your organisation has Office 365 Education, from Teams and SharePoint.

    Please have a look at our Back to School web page for a complete overview of our MS integrations:

  • Admin
    itslearning support commented
    December 12, 2018 13:14

    Hi, just want to give you a quick update on the Office Online work. We’re almost ready to release support for Office Online templates for assignments. When Office Online is enabled by the system administrator (Edit Global Settings>>Cloud Services>>Office Online), it will soon be possible to make a copy of a selected Office file (docx, pptx, xlsx) for each student to fill inn and submit. A similar functionality is already available for Google documents when a G Suite domain is connected.

    Added a little video teaser, please have a look. I hope we can release this early next year 😊

  • Guest commented
    October 19, 2018 08:40

    Great idea!

  • Henning Gjellesvik commented
    September 29, 2017 15:46

    Sorry to say that it did not make it for this year’s back to school. Adding support for students to create Office Online documents is still on our to do list. We’re currently planning and prioritizing development work for the autumn, winter and spring. When this is done we’ll update the roadmap :-) 

  • Nathan Boeker commented
    September 28, 2017 19:51

    This would be especially helpful for handouts. Google Classroom allows a similar feature ... with an option for all students to work together on one document or for each student to work on their own document.

  • Nathan Boeker commented
    September 28, 2017 19:49

    Still waiting!!

  • Admin
    itslearning support commented
    March 09, 2017 10:01

    Hi Michele, the plan is to have this ready for back to school this year :-)