cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
dreed5
Community Member

How do I download all of the files from a course as a student?

Jump to solution

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?

4 Solutions

Accepted Solutions
kblack
Community Champion

Hi  @dreed5  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:

266067_download all files.jpg

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:  https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10540-421241998  

I hope this helps, Daniel!

View solution in original post

drewroyster
Community Member

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 

canvasfilesync.com

View solution in original post

jack_maydan
Community Participant

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?

View solution in original post

Hi again @JonathanRiezman 

If your school and your instructor have enabled this feature, you can download your entire course as an ePub or HTML file. See below......

I hope you find this helpful.

 

Kelley

View solution in original post

8 Replies
kblack
Community Champion

Hi  @dreed5  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:

266067_download all files.jpg

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:  https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10540-421241998  

I hope this helps, Daniel!

View solution in original post

drewroyster
Community Member

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 

canvasfilesync.com

View solution in original post

jack_maydan
Community Participant

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?

View solution in original post

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.

Kelley

jack_maydan
Community Participant

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.

Kelley

I do not have access to Canvas from anywhere: I often spend time in places with no internet connection.  Going through and manually downloading every file is incredibly burdensome.  Furthermore I can ASSURE you the vast majority of professors DO NOT know how to properly use Canvas.  Please stop being such a schill.

Tags (3)

Hi again @JonathanRiezman 

If your school and your instructor have enabled this feature, you can download your entire course as an ePub or HTML file. See below......

I hope you find this helpful.

 

Kelley

View solution in original post