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If your instructor has the Dropbox tool available in your D2L course, you may turn in digital assignments to that dropbox and retrieve graded files. You may also view feedback from your instructor in the dropbox folder and also see a list of your own submitted files in the folders.

This documentation contains information on the following topics:

To view a video tutorial on how to navigate the D2L dropbox, click here.

Submitting an Assignment

Best practices for naming files to ensure they can be opened by your instructor:

  • File names may contain alpha characters A-Z or a-z, numbers 0-9, underscores and hyphens.
  • File names should not contain spaces. Use hyphens or underscores in place of spaces.
  • File names should not contain special characters: * / : ; > < | | ' & # { } " other than hyphens and underscores. File names containing quotation marks (") are especially problematic.
  • File names should only contain one period (.) and that period should be located between the text name you assign to the file and the file extension (e.g., pdf, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, pptx) assigned by the application used to create the file.

There is no limit on the size of the file you submit to any dropbox folder in D2L. However, factors affecting your experience submitting very large files to a dropbox include the speed of your Internet connection and the browser used. Also, a wired connection is recommended when uploading large files for more reliable signal strength.

When submitting to D2L dropboxes, be sure to complete all the steps described below including the final step--pressing Submit. Immediately after submitting, verify that your document(s) appears in the dropbox as described in the Viewing Submitted Files section below. If you cannot see your document in the dropbox, neither can your instructor.

To submit a document to a D2L dropbox:

  1. From the Course Home page, on the navigation bar, press Dropbox.
    The Dropbox Folders pane appears.

  2. Click on the name of the folder for your assignment(s).
    The Submit Files pane appears.
    Submit Files pane

  3. Click Add a File.
    The Submit a File dialog box appears.

  4. Choose a file location ( My Computer, My Locker, or Group Locker).

    Note: The default location is My Computer.

  5. Click Browse...
    The Choose file to Upload box appears.

  6. Navigate to the desired file.

  7. Press Open.

  8. Optional: To upload another file, click Add Another File; repeat steps 4-7.

    Add Another File

  9. Click Upload.

  10. Optional: To leave a comment about this file, in the Comments text box, type your message.

  11. When finished, click Submit. This completes the submission process and makes your document(s) available to the instructor(s) in your course.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Step 11 is sometimes missed by students when submitting files to dropboxes. If you do not click Submit, your file(s) will not appear in the dropbox. Leaving the submission process without finishing all the steps will abort the submission of your file without a warning message in D2L.

    When you successfully submit to the dropbox, you will receive a message in your UWEC email account with the subject line "Dropbox submission receipt" confirming your file submission. It is important to check for this message, as well as verify the submission by viewing your submitted files as described in the next section. If you can't see your submitted files, neither can your instructor.

Viewing Submitted Files

You can view all the files you have submitted in the Dropbox.

  1. From the Course Home page, on the Navigation bar, click Dropbox.
    The Dropbox Folders pane appears.

  2. Click View History.
    The Submission History pane appears.

  3. From the Folder pull-down menu, select the desired folder.
    A list of submitted files appears for the folder.

    Optional: To view a file, click the link of the file you wish to open, and select Open when the File Download options appear.

  4. Optional: To save the file,

    1. Click the link of the file you wish to save.
      The File Download options appear.
    2. Click Save.
      The Save As dialog box appears.
    3. Navigate to the desired save location.
    4. Click Save.
    5. Click Close.

Viewing Feedback

You can view feedback from your instructor about the files you submit to the Dropbox.

  1. Go to Dropbox in your D2L course.

  2. One of the columns in the list is Feedback. If an instructor has left feedback, an icon will appear in this column. Click the icon to view feedback on that submission.

    Note: You will see a difference between read and unread feedback (read feedback will have bold text and a slightly different icon, as seen below):

Feedback Student

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