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Dropbox

If your instructor has the Dropbox tool available, you can use it to turn in digital assignments and to retrieve graded files. Students can also view feedback from their instructors and see a list of submitted files in the folders.

This documentation contains information on the following topics:

Submitting an Assignment


Notes:
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 the following special characters: * / : ; > < | | ' & # { } ".
    • File names containing quotation marks (") are especially problematic.
    • Be sure to avoid all special characters to be safe when naming files--hyphens and underscores are okay.
  • 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.

  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: This step is often missed. If you do not click Submit, your files 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 an email with the subject line Dropbox submission receipt confirming your file submission. It is important to check for this email, 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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