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Download a subset of assignment submissions

Download a subset of assignment submissions


I have browsed around a bit and am thinking i am missing this so feel free to close this down if it's a duplicate but in working with our large enrollment computer science classes I've noticed that it would be ideal to allow for some kind of partial download of assignments.

If there were a way for an instructor/TA to select a subset of students and download their submissions, that would make the download size, time, and load more manageable. I suspect you 'can' download 200 computer program submissions in one zip file but for larger enrollment courses you might not want to Smiley Happy

- Melanie

Community Participant


To build off of this idea, it would be great if TA's could download the assignment submissions based off "Group Enrollment" as well.  We have very large sections, and with the new implementations of filtering the gradebook by group, and the filtering of the speed grader by group, we have found that downloading assignments by group would benefit our college's use case and allow us to move away from the use of Sections.

Manually created sections while good work around, causes administrative issues when students withdraw from the course at a university level, by allowing the student to still have access to the course until they are manually removed.  

Thanks - Crystal

New Member

Downloading by section through grade book was possible with the old grade book, but the new one does not work any more.

Please add this ASAP as managing a course with over 1000 students enrolled is almost impossible. I say almost because it's do-able, but just need to spend the whole day finding the submissions needed.

New Member

Seriously, add this as a feature already please, Canvas! 

New Member

 @kroeninm ‌
Agree: I just searched to see if this feature existed, and sadly, it doesn't. 
There is surprisingly a lot of useful (potential) features along similar lines that the Canvas development team has not implemented, yet would not be very difficult to achieve (at least from a programmatic standpoint). Upvoted for this. 

Community Contributor

Upvoted - this would be a great functionality and may address some of the gaps in Canvas relating to allocated marking.

Community Member

We regularly teach in courses of hundreds of students with multiple teachers sharing a Canvas space and we need to quickly download their own class submissions. We would love to see this feature idea implemented asap.

Community Member

I had created an idea (because I missed this one) so it can be archived now but it's very similar, can I just include a requirement for this option to also take into account anonymous assignments.

Download a Range of Anonymous Assignments:

It would be beneficial if users were able to download a specific range of anonymous assignments.


Current Situation:

Assignments submitted by classes with large cohorts of students are split among academics for grading purposes, anonymous grading is used in summative assessments.

Academic 1 will mark "Student 1" - "Student 28"

Academic 2 will mark "Student 29" - "Student 47"

Academic 3 will mark "Student 48" - "Student 68"...... and so on


There are situations where academics may have special circumstances requiring paper copies of submissions printed for marking purposes. These currently need to be opened and printed individually which is a laborious task.


What we would like to do:

Alongside the bulk download option for all assignments an option for downloading a range of assignments when anonymity is turned on:



The suggestion is for a pop out of sorts when anonymity is enabled as outside this it is straightforward to select individual or many assignments from the bulk download.




Community Participant

We would find it helpful to be able to download by section as well. We have a number of large courses with students split across multiple sections. Our assessments are marked offline by a teacher responsible for a single section, so the ability to download per section would be a useful improvement.  

New Member

I would also like to have the ability to download a part of the submissions for an assignment. Sometimes I get early submission and I go ahead and download and grade. Then after the due date has passed I have the rest to grade. It would be handy to only download those who submissions were not yet graded rather than files from the entire class.

Community Member

TL;DR: Provide a way to download ungraded submissions, rather than all submissions.

I often end up doing grading in batches. After doing a batch, additional students may submit their assignments. Or some students might re-submit after I've assigned a grade. When that happens, I have to toss the first download in the trash and re-download the submissions to get the new ones. Consequently, I have to slog through dozens of files in order to find the ones that need my attention.

I'd like a way to download only the submissions that have not been graded yet, or that need to be re-graded.

If that's not possible (perhaps it would make the UI too complex) here are some alternative ideas:

  • Add a tag in the filename to indicate that the file has already been graded. I can do a pattern-match search and toss those files, leaving just the ones that are ungraded. This would be similar to how the "LATE" tag is already added to a filename; there could be an additional "GRADED" tag.
  • In the ZIP file, divide the files into two folders: graded and ungraded. I can ignore the graded ones and focus my attention on the ungraded folder.
Community Member

It is nice that I can bulk download a zip file with all the submissions for an assignment. However, I often don't need all of them, or not all at once. It would be much better (for bandwidth, organization) if there was a mechanism to select which assignments to download.  Frankly this seems like a pretty obvious use case.

New Member

I don't know how to vote on this, but I need this as well. Course of 70 - 100 students, need to download individually for each of 6 - 8 sections. Different professors grade different sections... 

Community Participant

It is a common K12 feature to need to download the submission of items of an individual section only. Please add in!

Community Member

Agreed - went to submit an idea like this and found this one, so I voted for it.

I teach lab classes with ~600 students, ~24 sections, and 15 graders in a single Canvas course. Work is organized by sections. Speedgrader is great and can be filtered by section, but sometimes graders prefer to be able to work offline or with other markup tools like Acrobat. Downloading all the submissions in a single section seems like an obvious need that should not be hard to implement.

New Member

Being able to download subsections of assignments is still desperately needed - such as being able to download by date submitted so we can grade late papers without downloading everything again.

New Member

Currently, we are able to download all submissions when marking. It would be great to be able to download just 1 section of submissions for markup and then re-upload. 

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Community Coach

Lots of variations on a theme here.  I agree with all of the needed use cases to give options for what can be bulk downloaded, but want to reiterate what someone suggested about downloading just the ungraded submissions.  For a class with flexible due dates there really needs to be a way to only select those new, ungraded submissions.  Yes, it's possible to sort by ungraded in Speedgrader, but for the file types which much be downloaded that doesn't work to grade there. Plus, downloading directly from Speedgrader doesn't append the filenames with student names which is needed with these types of assignments.  

Community Participant

I voted 5 stars for this idea. As an admin, I have received quite a lot of questions from academics who have big size courses/shared courses on how to export submissions for their sections only. At the moment, we only see only one option to download all submissions at a time.

It would be benefit if the feature can be implemented ASAP. Thanks.

New Member

It is ridiculous, particularly given FERPA issues, that you can sort the gradebook by section but that view can't be downloaded.  Please, please, please create this feature.

Community Participant

Can't seem to vote for this either (do not see a vote button or list of voters?)

This is not a feature request, it is simply a bug that if you filter the grade book, then download submissions, submissions are not filtered.

I'm downloading tons of stuff I don't need to review.