Adventures in Attaching Files to Discussions

Remember how I told you that Canvas is always changing? Well, they’ve done it again, but all the changes this time around were small. In fact, they were so small you might not have noticed them at all! There is one change that I’m falling head over heels for and I want to share it with you asap.

Canvas just added the ability to attach files to discussion posts. If you’re replying to the main discussion topic (you’ll usually do this as a response for an assignment), you can now attach files to your post.

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This tool works best if you type in your response, and then attach the file. After you start typing your response, the link to attach a file will appear at the bottom right of the text box.

This makes it ten times easier to add evidence to a commentary, or to show a screenshot of what you’re talking about to further prove a point.

I see this as a great way to show off a photo without having to go through the steps of uploading it on a separate site first (if you already have the photo uploaded, though, makes sure to check out the image imbed tool in the post formatting tools). I know I’d love to use this feature to attach copies of my short stories for critiques from other students — just attach the word file and get the feedback quick and easy!

As far as I can tell, you can attach nearly any file type to your discussion post — the only catch is that the other students (and instructor!) need to have the right program to open the file, so I’d recommend sticking with basic file types (.pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx).

As always, please feel free to contact us over in eLearning if you have any questions about Canvas!

eLearning @ Centralia CollegeKirk Library
360.736.9391 ext. 374
elearning@centralia.edu

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