How do I add multiple files to a module rather than one at a time?
Hi Naomi Shoffman,
I usually add all my files directly to the Files area with a click and drag to upload and then head over to add them where needed. In your case, you want them in Modules. So when you head to the modules page, the files area already added. And the Add File dialog box even will show the different folders where your files are.
Then, you can use the regular keyboard tricks for selecting multiple items:
Hope this trick helps,Cheers - Shar
Hi Naomi and welcome to the Community! I am not aware of any way to add multiple files simultaneously to a module. It looks like the idea was brought up before as part of this request, Adding files to modules is inefficient (you may need to request access to archives to view the idea), but I couldn't find a separate idea for this feature particularly as suggested by Stefanie Sanders. You might consider adding a feature idea for this functionality so the community can vote and provide insight into the ability to add multiple files to a module at the same time. These documents describe the feature idea process: How does the feature idea process work in the Canvas Community? and How do I create a new feature idea in the Canvas Community?.
One thing you could consider is adding your files to a page instead of the module directly (see How do I insert course files into the Rich Content Editor using the Content Selector as an instructor?). This would allow you to add any context to the files as well, such as how they are used, what students should look for specifically, etc. You could name the page whatever would be most descriptive and then only add that one page to the module instead of each individual file. I suggest instructors consider this at my institution as a way to provide more information to students than just a file would. It might work in your situation or not!
I hope this helps and best wishes!
Ok I will give it a try
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Where is the files area?
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Hi Naomi. If you go to your Modules tab and click on the "+" sign (see image below), you should receive an option box where you can hit the down arrow next to the default content selection and change this to files (see second image below). This will lead to a screen similar to that shown by Sharmaine.
Hope this works for you!
Thanks I did this but it won’t let me paste files in the area. Only one file can be uploaded at a time!
That is interesting and confusing at the same time. When I get the list of files, I can use the key combinations suggested by Sharmaine in her post to select multiple files. Are you using a Mac? On this website I found the following information about the Mac shortcuts, Select items on your Mac screen - Apple Support:
"Select multiple items: Press and hold the Command key, then click the items.
Select multiple items that are listed together: Click the first item, then press the Shift key and click the last item. All items in between are included in the selection.
You can also click near the first item, press and hold the trackpad or mouse button, then drag over all of the items. This method’s especially useful in the Icon view in the Finder."
Also, are you using a mobile device or standard desktop/laptop? I haven't attempted this with anything except a laptop running Windows and an updated version of Chrome. If this still doesn't work, you might need to contact Canvas Support (see How do I get help with Canvas as an instructor? ). Support may have heard of an issue or be able to look and see if a ticket needs to be created.
Let us know how it goes!
No – am using a PC!
Hi Naomi ,
The Files area is found from the Course Navigation, it may be grey'd out in your Canvas or it might have a different name. But in this area you can upload many files all at once.
Hope this visual helps,Cheers - Shar
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