I am receiving a failed attempt response that an excel worksheet is not a valid format to upload for an assignment in Canvas. Is it not possible to fulfil an assignment with the required excel worksheet through canvas?
Lisa, I’ve had students upload Excel documents to Canvas assignments with no problem. Are you a student or an Instructor? It sounds like the Assignment has been set up to only allow certain types of assignments. If you are the student then you’d want to ask your Instructor. If you are the Instructor then you’d want to double check your settings for online submissions.
In addition to what Kona Jones has said, you can check what file types are allowed. When you go to your assignment page to make the submission, you may see something like this:
That xls next to the File Types means that the instructor intended you to be able to upload Excel files.
If there is no File Types line but Submitting is still a file upload, then the instructor has not restricted the type of files that you can upload. It will look something like this:
Now if the File Types line is there, you can check to see if they are accepting Excel files. There are two file extensions associated with Excel: xls and xlsx
The xls was the standard up until 2007 (yes, a decade ago). With Office 2007, Microsoft switched to the xlsx extension. So, it is possible that your instructor has xls in there instead of xlsx and so you'll have to save your file as the older format. This page from Microsoft support explains how to do that: Save an Excel workbook for compatibility with earlier versions of Excel - Excel
Now you may be wondering why your teacher would do that to you. It's probably unintentional and they just don't know differently. You see, in the example that Canvas provides where they show how to limit the extensions, it only shows xls, it doesn't show xlsx.
Note that if you are using Google Sheets to create the spreadsheet, it converts to Canvas as an xlsx extension, so Canvas will not accept it if the teacher has just put in the xls extension as acceptable.
If the teacher is willing to accept technology that is currently in use is to modify the extension to be xlsx. If (s)he wants to allow both formats, then it should be a comma separated list and without the dots: xlsx,xls (although the order doesn't matter). If the instructor has done that, then it will show up like this for you:
Finally, if there is a File Types portion and it contains something other than xlsx or xls, like doc or docx, then the instructor has told it not to accept a spreadsheet but to only accept a document.
Hopefully this gives you enough information to proceed. You may need to contact your instructor and ask them to change things, but at least now you have the information about why.
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