And what other word processing programs would students use that would cause issues?
Michael, the answer to your question depends on how you plan to use the SpeedGrader. If, for example, you want to use the Crocodoc annotation tool to annotate your students' submissions, you will need to limit file types to those that Crocodoc supports; currently, those file types are pdf, doc, docx, ppt, and pptx. Please refer to How do I create an online assignment? and How do I use Crocodoc in Canvas assignments?
The document previewer supports many other file types, but only the ones listed above will be available for Crocodoc annotations. For a complete list of the file types currently supported by the previewer, please see What types of documents can be previewed in Canvas? .
Last, the Apple Pages program creates a document with the *.pages file extension type. According to my quick Google search, "No other program can open the *.pages files, but Pages is able to export its documents to some other formats, such as PDF or Microsoft Word's *.docx."--and indeed, that last instruction is what I give my students. I limit my file upload/online submission allowed file types to .doc, .docx, and .pdf, and coach those students using Pages to convert their documents to PDFs before submitting them.
Thank you so much! As I prepare my 5 online preps for Spring 2017 I need to look at a template for assignments…and this would be a great add
Allowed file types to .doc, .docx, and .pdf, :students using Pages please convert your documents to PDFs before submitting them. I cannot grade Apple pages within my course.
You're welcome, Michael, and welcome to Canvas! We have fun here. ...and create wonderful interactive experiences for our students in the process. Win-win!
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