Does anyone know if a student submission impacts the course quota for storage?
My understanding is that it wont, but it will affect that user's personal storage quota.
Do you know the maximum size of file that can be submitted?
I believe it's 50mb. This is also the default user quota, but the user quota can be increased.
For clarification, I've had a previous conversation with the great Erin Hallmark, and she has confirmed that a Canvas admin at your school can increase the personal file quota for all students at one time from the initial 50MB (via the Admin pages), but if you need to increase the personal file storage for a single student, you would need to file a ticket with the Instructure Help Desk staff.
Hi Cynthia Govreau...
Typically, the default personal file quota is 50MB per user. This is documented for students at How do I view my user files as a student? and for instructors at How do I view my user files as an instructor?. When files are submitted by students as part of an assignment, they are not submitted to the overall course "Files" part of the course. It wouldn't make sense to have student file submissions uploaded to a course "Files" area of a course because you'd risk allowing other students access to student submitted work. File submissions are attached to a user's Canvas account. When you look at your Canvas profile and go to your personal "Files" area, you'll find a "My Files" folder, and there will be an "unfiled" folder within there...where assignment attachment are stored. So, to answer your question, assignment submissions do not affect the course "Files" quota...because those are two separate "Files" areas. In addition, and as a bit of a side note, if an assignment requires an attachment as part of the submission, it should not count against a user's personal file quota.
Hope this helps, Cynthia.
We recently had an issue with a student who managed to upload an ENORMOUS 2 gigabyte file of a movie (copyright violation, hello!) to Canvas. Case # #01253904. This issue was complex enough that we got a lot of info about Canvas storage from Instructure.
Admins can adjust the storage quota for each course individually; but we admins can only adjust the storage quota for individuals system-wide (everyone / no one- can't just choose 1 user and adjust that person's storage quota, in short.)
I quote from what Instructure said as part of our communications for ticket #01253904: "Currently, there isn't a hard limit on file sizes that can be uploaded into Canvas, nor is there a way to prevent users from uploading larger files. The only limitations on upload size only occur due to conflicts with the file quota. I took a look in the documentation given by the previous agent here, and I'm not seeing anything indicating there was a 2 gig hard limit, though it does mention that the media tool only accepts files under 500mb (though that's just the media tool). However; it's important to note that student submissions do not count towards their quota; and they can't be deleted either. In this case, the student had uploaded the file to an assignment, where it was uploaded successfully and didn't count towards the file quota. When the student resubmitted, however, it looks like it was able to be deleted and did count against the quota, which is unintended behavior. We've received other reports of this behavior, and our Product and Engineering team are working to resolve the issue."
Were you able to find an answer to your question? I am going to go ahead and mark this question as answered because there hasn't been any more activity in a while so I assume that you have the information that you need. If you still have a question about this or if you have information that you would like to share with the community, by all means, please do come back and leave a comment.
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