Submitting Large Media Files for Canvas Assignments


Canvas is limited to a maximum file size of 500 MB for media files in assignments. Often times, media files created can exceed this limit, posing difficulty in how students may submit the assignment. This guide will explain how instructors can setup an assignment to accept large media files, and how students can submit these such assignments.


The solution to handle this situation is the use of OneDrive, which has a maximum file size of 10 GB. Students will be able to upload the large media file to OneDrive, copy and share  the link for the file, and paste it into the assignment in Canvas. Instructors will then be able to access the media files via the shared links that the students have submitted for the assignment.

Instructor Instructions

  1. Create a new assignment in your Canvas course.
  2. Set the Submission type to Online and check the box for Website URL.


  1. Sign in to your BGSU email.
  2. Select the grid of squares in the top left corner of the screen and select OneDrive.
  3. Select Upload.
  4. In the file browser window that opens, find your large media file.
  5. Select the file and Select open.
    • Once the file has finished uploading, you will see it in the list of Files.
  6. Select the circle to check it next to the large media file in OneDrive.
  7. Select Copy link at the top of the page, and then Select copy from the pop up box.
  8. Open the necessary assignment in Canvas.
  9. Paste the link into the submission box and submit the assignment.

For additional assistance, please contact Information Technology Services at 419-372-0999 or through chat.

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