If you use Box at Penn State to store and manage your files, you may want to embed those files, or entire folders, into your Canvas course pages rather than uploading the files directly to your Canvas course.


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Why Embed a Folder?

Here’s an example: Imagine that I teach a photography course. Each of my students will be asked to submit an image file of their best photograph to a “file upload” assignment in Canvas. As I collect the photos, I’ll grade them in Canvas, but would also like to display the whole group of photos to all students within Canvas.

I can accomplish this by embedding an entire Box folder into a page in my course and uploading the student work to that folder. Here’s the best part: If I add files to the Box folder throughout the semester, they will automatically appear in the embed window on my Canvas page. That means I never have to update those files in multiple locations! I can make all of my changes to the folder in Box, and the Canvas page will always show the most current version.


Process for Embedding a Folder in a Canvas Page

  1. Upload the files you would like to share to a folder in your Box account.
  2. Change the folder's link access type to People with the link.
    Folder link settings changed to people with the link.
  3. Click the ellipses (...) on the folder or right-click the folder.
    Ellipses icon
  4. Select More Actions.
  5. Select Embed Widget.
  6. Copy the embed code from Box.
    Box embed code
  7. Click the Insert/edit media button in the Rich Content Editor in Canvas.
    Insert edit media button in rich content editor in Canvas
  8. Under the Embed tab, paste the embed code that you copied from Box.
    Paste embed code in the insert edit media dialog box
  9. Save and publish the page.
     

Example Page

After completing the steps above, you should be able to see your embedded folder in action. See an example below:

Example of using the Box embed widget to embed a Box folder on a Canvas page

 

 

Training for: 
Faculty
Staff
Type of Training: 
Documentation
Training Topic: 
Collaboration
Project Management
Teaching and Learning
Service or Technology: 
Box
Canvas
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Training for: 
Faculty
Staff
Type of Training: 
Documentation
Training Topic: 
Collaboration
Project Management
Teaching and Learning
Service or Technology: 
Box
Canvas