Part 5: Spring 2017 Labs

54 Effective File Organization with Margene Anderson — 01.27.2017

The January 27, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored strategies for file Margene Andersonmanagement in Canvas. Margene Anderson shared how to manage files in Canvas and embed media and content using external tools (GoogleApps, Kaltura, YouTube, and Box) to stay organized and under the 1GB storage limit.  She inspired us all to stay organized behind-the-scenes.


  • Label your pages and modules wisely for future use.
  • Use pages to guide students through their tasks, with text explanations, embedded videos, links to readings and assignments, etc.
  • Although Canvas offers file storage, the 1GB limit and rudimentary organization options encourage us to look to better means for file organization, such as UW-Madison’s Google Drive (unlimited storage), and Kaltura for media files.
  • Instead of uploading files, content can be embedded into pages from external tools like Kaltura, GoogleApps, Box, YouTube, etc.
  • View the session’s activity sheet for additional support materials.

Active Teaching Labs are held every Friday from 8:45-9:45am (and every other Monday from 12:30pm-1:30pm, see events calendar for dates) in room 120, Middleton Building. Check out the upcoming labs or read the recaps from past labs — or see them all in one place in our new  Active Teaching Lab eJournal ( To stay informed about upcoming Labs, check back to this website or sign up for regular announcements by sending an email to

UW-Madison is transitioning to Canvas as a single, centrally supported LMS, and will discontinue support for D2L and Moodle by 2018. Visit for information and resources.

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