Make content in Canvas available to the public

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 available; for example, consider Box (which has unlimited storage), Pages, or Webserve.

Currently, Canvas does not provide a way to make most content, such as files and folders, publicly viewable (i.e., available on the web). However, you can make an entire course available to the public, and use it to share content; see How do I customize visibility options for a course? If you decide to use Canvas for this purpose, UITS recommends that you create a course separate from your regular instructional courses; see Creating a new course site in Canvas.

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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