When creating an assessment, you can create a File Upload question in New Quizzes. You can limit the number of files and the file extensions that can be uploaded by students.


To create a file upload assessment question using New Quizzes, complete the following.

  1. Create a quiz with New Quizzes. See Creating a New Quizzes Quiz in Canvas (formerly Quizzes.Next).
  2. In the quiz builder, ensure that the Build tab is open.
  3. Click the + icon. The Insert Content dialog box displays.
  4. Select + File Upload.
  5. In the Question title field, add a question title. Question titles are optional and are not visible to students.
  6. In the Add question stem field, add the question stem. The question stem contains the question and, if necessary, additional instructions and information. You can use the Rich Content Editor to format and add content to your question stem.
  7. Optional: To allow students to use an on-screen calculator for this question, select the Show on-screen calculator checkbox. If you select this option, you can enable a basic calculator or scientific calculator. The basic calculator displays numbers and basic math functions (add, subtract, multiply, divide). The scientific calculator displays more options for advanced calculations.
  8. Note: The on-screen calculator option is intended to be used while displaying one question at a time. If the assessment does not display one question at a time, students may be able to use the calculator for all questions.

  9. Optional: To limit the number of file uploads allowed for students, select the Limit File number checkbox. Enter the file number in the Number field, or use the arrows to increase or decrease the value.
  10. Note: If the Limit File number checkbox is not selected, students are allowed unlimited uploads to a question.

  11. Optional: To restrict the file types that can be uploaded by students, select the Restrict File Types checkbox. Enter the file extensions separated by commas in the File Types field.
  12. To add the question to an item bank, click Item Banking, then click Add to Bank.
  13. Note: After a question has been added to an item bank, it can only be edited in the item bank. You can still set unique point values and options in the assessment for an item bank question.

  14. Optional: To customise the point value for the question, type the point value in the Points field or use the arrows to increase or decrease the point value.
  15. Optional: To leave feedback for students, click the feedback icon , enter the feedback, and click Done.
  16. To save the question, click Done.