Using Box in Canvas

How can I share Box files and folders in Canvas?

If an instructor would like to share data they have in their Clemson Box account with students using Canvas, here are some steps and instructions.

Note:  Previously, an instructor could go to and select their course and click on Box. It would create a new Box folder owned by Box Provisioning Driver, with the instructor as the Editor, and the students as Previewers of the data.  This process has changed.  If you go to, courses no longer have the Box function available. So now the instructor will need to create a folder, share the folder, then embed in Canvas. 

There are two ways to do this.  One starts in Box, the other starts in Canvas. 



1) Log in to Clemson Box and create or find the folder you would like to share with your students.  Open the parent folder to this folder and hover your mouse over the folder. Single click on the Share button.

3) Click on Enable shared link.

4) Click on Invited people only.

5) Select People with the link. Click X to close.

7) Hover your mouse over the folder.

8) Click on the ... in blue bar beside the folder.

9) Hover over More actions, click on Embed widget. Copy the Embed code. Click X to close.

10) Open Canvas and create or go to the Assignment, Discussion, or any element that has the HTML editor option.

11) Click on HTML Editor (</> in lower right of screen).  Press Ctrl-V to paste in the Embed code.  Click Save.

12) Students will need to drag a white cloud puzzle piece.

13) Now they can see the list of files in the folder and click on any of them to see it.

14) If the professor wants to share a file instead of a folder, it works the same except after dragging the puzzle piece, students will see the file (not a list of files).



1) Enter an Assignment, Discussion, or any element of Canvas that has the HTML editor option.

2) Click on Apps (the Plug icon), and select Box.

3) Click on Select from Box.  (You may have to log in to Box using your Clemson credentials if you have not been there recently.)

4) Navigate your Box folders and select the one you want to share in your Canvas. Click on the circle beside it and select Choose.

5) Click Save.

6) If you selected a folder, your students will need to drag the cloud puzzle piece in place to see it. You can also select a file.

7) If your students have any trouble seeing your folder or file, go into Clemson Box and verify it has a shared link.  If it is not already set, you may need to change the link to People with the link.


If you have more questions, email or call 864-656-3494.


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