Dear Chapman University faculty,

As you continue to teach remotely, you may need to optimize your Canvas account’s storage space to share large files with your students. Your Canvas course storage is limited, so if you upload too many large files, you may run out of space.

In this blog, we will review some of the alternate solutions and tools available to you to share large files on Canvas and avoid storage space issues.

  • If you want to upload documents to Canvas directly, consider converting them to PDF. Converting files to PDF will help decrease the file size.

Ultimately, our recommendation is to use an external application to store large files, then either add a link or embed those files on Canvas.

If you have any questions about these tools, please contact the Educational Technology Services team at; or visit our Virtual Tech Hub, Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 11:30 AM, and 2:30 to 4:30 PM at

Thank you.