How do I share a document, image, video, or audio file to Commons?
Learn how to share files in Canvas to Commons. Learn more about supported file types in Commons.
Resources should be complete before they are shared. To modify an existing shared resource, learn how to update a resource previously shared to Commons.
- To enable Commons in your Canvas instance, please contact your Customer Success Manager.
- Commons is available in all Free for Teacher (FFT) accounts. Free for Teacher users are limited to finding, importing, and sharing public resources.
- The file size limit for uploaded content is 500 MB.
- Resources shared through Commons retain the published/unpublished status of the items when they were originally shared. If you share a published resource, when others import that resource, it will be published in their courses.
In Global Navigation, click the Courses link , then click the name of the course you want to share the file from .
In Course Navigation, click the Files link.
To share a document , audio , image , or video  file, click the Options icon  then click the Share to Commons link .
Note: Content shared through Commons retains the published/unpublished status of the item when it was originally shared. If you share a published resource, when others import that resource, it will be published in their course.
Choose Sharing Option
Select a sharing sharing option.
Note: Depending on the account settings set by your Canvas admin, you may be unable to view and/or share public content. Authors of publicly shared resources will always be able to view their resource.
Choose Content License
From the Copyright and Licenses drop-down menu, select your content license.
To add additional information about licensing or usage, click the Add Additional Information link.
Enter resource metadata and add a thumbnail image.
Note: For image and video file types, a thumbnail is created automatically. Thus, the option to select a thumbnail is not available.
Select the appropriate grade level(s) using the sliders or dropdown menus.
Share to Commons
When you're done, click the Share button.