When an instructor posts many files per week, is there a way as a student to download all of them without downloading them as individual files?
Hi Daniel Reed Welcome to the worldwide Canvas Community, and thank you for your question. The answer is "yes," IF your instructor has left the Files menu area available for student access. (Not all instructors do.) What you need to do is, in the Files area, select ALL the files you want to download by simply clicking in a white-colored area, or really any area that will not open the file. Actually, Ctrl-A (on a PC; Cmd-A on Mac) will work insofar as that will select ALL files.
Once they are all selected, click the arrow that is pointed to on the screen capture below:
That will then download the files for you as a .zip file, which you can then, of course, "unzip" on your own computer. You can find additional information on downloading course files, especially from a folder, here: How do I download a folder in ZIP format as a student?
I hope this helps, Daniel!
As a student I made an app specifically to help solve this problem for me as my teachers were always adding/updating files throughout the semester.
Check out Canvas File Sync
Hi @ken black. This is a terrible solution.
We need to be able to download all of the files on the course that the teacher has made available. It should have nothing to do with whether we have access to their Files page or not. The teacher has published these documents free to students for use, and Canvas makes it impossible to download them without individually clicking hundreds of files. What is the work around?
Hi Jack Maydan
While it might seem like I am splitting hairs, your teachers have made those files available for you to use in Canvas, and may not wish them to be used elsewhere. In some cases they may not be permitted to allow use elsewhere or outright forbidden (Copyright). In other cases there may security and academic dishonesty concerns about open access to course content. Bottom line is that those are your teachers files, and they can exercise control over them
As for a work-round, That is what the Files page is - a way to access all course files. It is a way that teachers can control access to in order to protect their files.
With your Canvas classrooms available 24/7, on any device capable of accessing the internet, from any place where the internet is accessible why not just access your files in Canvas.
Then the issue is that when the semester ends all of that information is deleted.
The files page is hidden by default - professors aren't trying to prevent me from using their notes elsewhere because of copyright or anything, my professors have no idea that this information is inaccessible/downloadable in bulk format.
This is not a workaround, this is a problem with Canvas as a product. You need to make clear and clean methods for students to access content. Professors do not understand this software because you have obfuscated it behind layers of random useless features, this is not a case of professors intentionally restricting content. We are paying hundreds of thousands in tuition for this information and knowledge and have every single right to the ability to download it permanently. Any college administrator would agree.
Actually, Jack Maydan , the information, files and even student submissions are not deleted unless a school actually deletes the course. Course content is maintained according to the record retention rules of the school's state, and by school policy.
"my professors have no idea that this information is inaccessible/downloadable in bulk format"
Teachers have an obligation to know how the technology they are using to deliver instruction works. I suspect that most, if not all, of your professors do know that courses become unavailable to students after the term concludes.
Both faculty and student access to courses after term-end are set by your school's Canvas Admins as part of your school's course conclusion policy (Nothing at all to do with Canvas) . Both your Canvas Support department, and your teachers can provide you access to content in concluded courses if they want and if school policy permits (Nothing at all to do with Canvas).
"You need to make clear and clean methods for students to access content"
Again, there are clear and clean methods, and it is up to your school whether or not those methods are available to users.
And, while certain professors may not care about "protecting" the information for various reasons, I can assure you that many do care and so do their schools judging from the content security discussions (literally thousands) posted in this community.
So ask your teachers or your canvas admins for assistance in accessing content. And for the record, as the Canvas "administrator" for my school, I most certainly do not agree.
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