Readings/Content Self-Help Tutorials

Display a File in a Canvas Page

In an online course, you’ll often encounter situations where you need to share files with students, such as PDFs, Word documents, Powerpoints, or Excel spreadsheets. In these situations, you can display the file in a page in Canvas and include text before it to establish context, such as directions for its use or an explanation […]

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Sharing Files with Students

Tools: Canvas Files Giving students access to digital files is important for online courses and can add value to in-person teaching as well. Powerpoints, PDFs, spreadsheets and more can be used to present content to your students as effectively as possible. The built-in tools in Canvas make sharing files with your students easy and simple […]

Communication Group Work/Collaboration

Upload and Share Files Using OneDrive

OneDrive is a cloud storage service from Microsoft. It is available to all MSU Denver staff, faculty, and students. This platform can be used to create, upload, store, edit, and share single or multiple files such as Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PDF’s, and PowerPoint presentations. Files or folders stored in OneDrive can be shared with […]

Communication Readings/Content

Send Files or Links via Email

Another way to keep your students updated and share important materials and links is through email. You can use your MSU Denver Outlook account to manage email correspondence with your students. Using the file attachment options outlined below, you can share important documents, PowerPoints, readings and links. Directions


Upload a File to a Canvas Course

Canvas stores course files for easy access and deployment within Canvas. Files stored within courses can be linked and attached multiple times in many places throughout Canvas, from assignments to discussions to pages. Using the Files section in your Canvas course will help you keep your files organized and ready to be placed throughout the […]

Group Work/Collaboration

Use Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive may be the least obvious solution but can be effective in providing your students with the materials they need to complete group activities. Due to its “shared” nature, your students can easily collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, or presentations within OneDrive. Directions Create a Shared Folder for Students to Access Go to Faculty and Staff […]


Add Alt Text to an Image in Canvas

Please see the Insert Images and Alt Text in the Rich Content Editor tutorial.

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Copy Information from a File into a Canvas Page

When distributing files to students in a Canvas course, you have several options. The best option in most cases is to simply copy information from the file into a Canvas page. This promotes maximum compatibility with different devices and accessibility software, but may need some additional formatting to display correctly Another benefit is the ability […]

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Use the Rich Content Editor to Modify Text, Insert Links, Attach Files, and Connect Apps

The Rich Content Editor is used throughout Canvas. Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, and the Syllabus all feature large text boxes with a toolbar across the top where text and media can be entered. This is the Rich Content Editor, and the instructions in this tutorial will work wherever the Rich Content Editor is available. […]


Create an Assignment with Files Attached

Canvas allows you to attach files directly to an assignment. You can add files and images from your own computer, course files on Canvas, or even user files. This is one of the easiest ways to ensure your students have all of the instructions, resources, and materials needed to complete their assignment. Directions