Using Canvas at IU, how do I make content publicly accessible?

Currently, Canvas at Indiana University does not provide a way to make files, folders, or other content publicly viewable outside the Canvas environment (i.e., available on the web). However, you can use the workaround described here.

Note:
Given the default storage space for Canvas at IU, you may want to consider using another IU service for storing files and making them publicly accessible; for example, consider Box (which has unlimited storage), Pages, or Webserve. If you decide to use Canvas for this purpose, you may want to create a separate course; see Creating a new course site in Canvas.

To make files, folders, or any other student-accessible content available outside the Canvas environment (without requiring a username and passphrase):

  1. Log into Canvas using a browser or the mobile app; for help, see How do I access Canvas at IU from a computer or mobile device?
  2. Enter your course, and then select Settings.
  3. Select Make this course publicly visible (student data will remain private).

For this workaround to function properly, your course must be published; for instructions, see How do I publish a course?

To prevent access to content other than files in your publicly visible course, hide all remaining tools (with the exception of Home, which cannot be hidden); for instructions, see How do I reorder and hide Course Navigation links?

Additionally, if you want to hide your files but still permit access to them via link, you can either hide the Files tool altogether, or selectively adjust lock setting on individual files; for instructions, see How do I restrict files and folders to students in Canvas?

Note:
A locked folder still displays the folder's name and the names of any subfolders it contains; only the files within the folder are hidden.

To learn how to perform common tasks in Canvas, consult the Canvas Guides.

For help from a UITS Support Center consultant, fill out the "Ask for Help" form found in the Canvas Help menu. You can also contact your campus Support Center directly.

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