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Is it possible to use .xlsx (Excel) file type for File Upload Quiz Question

Is it possible to require a .xlsx (Excel) file upload to a quiz question?

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Hi there, @EstherKlein9 ...

I may have some good news for you, but it would depend on if your school has purchased the Respondus 4.0 software which allows you to load multiple questions from a file into the Respondus software and then import those questions into a Learning Management System such as Canvas. As a former Canvas administrator, I create many quizzes for our instructors, and I used the Respondus 4.0 software we purchased to create text files (formatted a certain way) that contained many questions so that I could essentially batch upload them into Canvas without creating questions in the Canvas interface one-by-one. I even wrote a blog posting here in the Community about the process:

Batch Uploading Quiz Questions with Respondus

To answer your question, though... Respondus does allow you to format a CSV file, and then you can upload your questions that way. So, while it doesn't accept a *.xlsx file, you could convert that to a *.csv file, make sure it is formatted correctly, and then load it into Respondus so that you could get those questions into your Canvas course. I've not tried the *.csv file option I've always preferred the *.txt or *.rtf version because it was much easier for me to create than the *.csv file (I recall seeing examples of the *.csv format, and it kinda hurt my brain, to be honest). Here is a website with more information for you:

Respondus 4.0 - Respondus (check out the two videos under the heading "See How Respondus 4.0 Works" ... "Creating Questions" and "Importing Questions")

Also, all of the above pertains to current Classic Quizzes in Canvas. But, there is also this help page on the Respondus website that pertains to Canvas New Quizzes:

Publishing to Instructure Canvas "New Quizzes" – Respondus Support

I know this might not be a direct answer to your question, but I wanted to share this information with you ... so that you know there is additional software you can get to make life a bit easier for importing lots of questions into you Canvas course(s). This might be something you want to share with your school's Canvas case they would be interested in investigating this product.

Hope this helps. Take care, and be well.

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Hi @EstherKlein9,

Just for clarity sake, are you asking about students submitting a file as part of their quiz attempt? If so, I don't believe there is a way to restrict file types there to just .xlsx like you can with assignments. You could direct the students to do, but Canvas wouldn't be able to enforce that in the system.


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Hi Chris,

Thank you for your responses.

I'm ok with Canvas not restricting the file type so long as an Excel file type may be submitted in a quiz. I understand it to be yes, it is possible to do that.

Appreciate your time 🙂

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@EstherKlein9 ...

My apologies for misunderstanding your question. I thought you were asking about how to upload questions for a quiz....not for your students to upload files for a file upload question type. Now that I've re-read your question, I think @chriscas has the better answer for you! Again, I am sorry for any confusion I may have created.

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Thank you for the clarification Chris!