Q. My file is too large to submit to NILE or Turnitin - what can I do?


The answer depends partly on what kind of file you're trying to submit.


Word/PowerPoint/PDF files

If you're trying to submit a large Word or PowerPoint file then it's good practice to reduce the size of any images in the file and in many cases converting the file to a PDF can also help reduce the size. Remember that Turnitin has a strict file limit of 100MB, so a small PDF may be essential. If you're not submitting a file through Turnitin, we'd still recommend you try and reduce the size of your files, as a 1GB PowerPoint file could take a long time to upload to NILE and you could miss your deadline.

If you've not been shown how to compress images then search Lynda.com for video guidance on compressing files, learn how to create and manage PDF files and start to pick up some valuable new skills.


Graphics files or ZIP folders

You may be asked to submit other types of files for your assessment, such as graphics files or ZIP folders, and these could potentially be very large. There is currently no restriction on the size of file you can submit to Blackboard but trying to submit a large ZIP folder over a slow broadband signal ten minutes before your deadline could cause you stress. Talk to your tutor and ask them what they expect and what support they can provide.


Ask your Tutor for help

Remember, it is the responsibility of your tutor to explain or demonstrate the online submission processes they expect you to follow, so don't be afraid to ask for help.


Strong Internet bandwidth is vital

Perhaps the most important thing to remind you is that whatever the file format, and whatever the size, if it's going to be uploaded for assessment then you need an internet service with a strong bandwidth for uploads. If you use the internet on campus then you can expect a good upload speed, but if you're off-campus then you could be uploading your file over a very weak signal. Check your speed. Even if your speed looks good, sometimes the signal may regularly drop out, in which case your upload will be interrupted before the full upload can take place.


LearnTech Tips

  • Consider testing the submission point with a test file before your deadline. (Please check with your tutor first as the settings may only allow one submission).
  • If you need to email us for technical support remember our team finished work at 5pm.
  • Don't leave things to chance, or until the last minute. It could cost you a grade.



  • Last Updated Aug 28, 2019
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  • Answered By Learning Technologists

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