There are times when using a short URL with Google Classroom makes sense.
- Submitting an ongoing journal or project.
- Submitting a link to a group project.
- Submitting link to a particular slide in Google Slides from a collaborative activity.
- Submitting peer evaluation comments (I’ll explain that at the bottom.)
When students submit the link to a Google Doc, Google Classroom recognizes it as a Google Doc. It checks for ownership and changes the ownership to the teacher. Submitting the link as a short URL circumvents this.
When asking students to complete peer evaluation, the student can submit the link to their comments. In the upper right of the Google Doc is a button that says “Comments.” Next to each comment is a very tiny drop down arrow next to the date of the comment.