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Desire2Learn 9.0

Working with the Dropbox

The Dropbox is used by the instructor to retrieve and grade electronically submitted assignments. Using the Dropbox, the instructor can provide both quantitative and qualitative feedback to students.

For information about how to set up and manage the Dropbox, see Organizing the Dropbox.

return to topDownloading Assignments

Once students have submitted their assignments in the Dropbox, you can open or download them for grading. As with any download, you should take steps to protect your computer from viruses.

Downloading Assignments: Individual Assignments

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

  2. In the Dropbox Folders section, click the desired folder
    The Folder Submissions pane appears.
    Folder Submissions pane

  3. Click the link of the file you wish to download
    The File Download dialog box appears.

  4. To open the file from its location, click OPEN
    OR
    To save the file,

    1. Click SAVE
      The Save As dialog box appears.
    2. Navigate to the desired save location
    3. Click SAVE
    4. Locate and open the file

Downloading Assignments: Multiple Assignments

Rather than downloading each dropbox submission individually, you can select multiple submissions and download them at one time. The files are compressed into a .zip file.

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

  2. In the Dropbox Folders section, click the desired folder
    The Folder Submissions pane appears.

  3. Select the students whose submissions you want to download
    An item is selected when a checkmark appears before it.

  4. Click DOWNLOAD SUBMISSIONS FROM SELECTED USERSDownload Submissions from Selected Users buton
    The Downloading Files dialog box appears with a link to the .zip file.

  5. Continue with Working with Compressed Folders

return to topGiving Feedback

If a dropbox folder was set up to be associated with a grade/assessment item, you have the option to leave grade feedback in addition to assignment feedback.

return to giving feedbackGiving Qualitative Feedback: In the Student Dropbox

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

  2. In the Dropbox Folders section, click the desired folder
    The Folder Submissions pane appears.

  3. For the student you want to address, click LEAVE FEEDBACK
    The Leave Feedback pane appears.
    Leave Feedback pane

  4. In the Feedback text box, type your qualitative feedback
    EXAMPLE: Good start, but try to develop your ideas a little more.

  5. When finished, click SAVE
    The feedback can now be viewed in the student's drop box.Student Dropbox with feedback

return to giving feedbackGiving Qualitative Feedback: In the Student File

To lessen any confusion when giving feedback about a paragraph in the document, or to add specific feedback in some parts of a student file, the instructor has the freedom to add and clarify feedback throughout the document.

  1. Save the student's file to your computer

  2. Add comments to the student's document
    For more information, refer to Working with the Track Changes Feature: Inserting Comments.

  3. Save the file

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

  5. In the Dropbox Folders section, click the folder where the assignments have been placed
    The Folder Submissions pane appears.

  6. For the student you want to address, click LEAVE FEEDBACK
    The Leave Feedback pane appears.

  7. In the Feedback text box, type a message indicating where you have left your comments

  8. Click ADD A FILE
    The Submit a File dialog box appears.

    1. Click BROWSE
      The Choose File to Upload dialog box appears.
    2. Locate and select the file with your comments
    3. Click OPEN
      The selected file is indicated in the Submit a File dialog box.

  9. Click UPLOAD
    The Insert File dialog box closes.

  10. When finished, click SAVE
    The feedback in the student file that you have just submitted can now be viewed in the student's dropbox.

return to giving feedbackGiving Quantitative Feedback

You can set up a dropbox folder so you can leave scores for assignments using the Dropbox tool.

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

  2. In the Dropbox Folders section, in the Actions column for the desired folder, click EDITEdit button
    The Edit Folder pane appears.

  3. Select the Properties tab

  4. OPTIONAL: In the Folder Properties section, from the Grade Item pull-down menu, select an item

  5. In the Out Of text box, type the desired number of total points for the assignment

  6. Click SAVE
    The changes are saved.

  7. Click FOLDER LISTFolder List button
    The Dropbox Folders pane appears.

  8. In the Dropbox Folders section, click the desired folder
    The Folder Submissions pane appears.

  9. For the student you want to address, click LEAVE FEEDBACK
    The Leave Feedback pane appears.

  10. In the Assessment section, in the Score text box, type the desired score for the assignment
    NOTE: If the folder is linked to a grade item, this score will also automatically appear in the gradebook.

  11. Click SAVE
    The feedback can now be viewed in the student's drop box.

return to topEditing Feedback

You can add or change feedback you have given to a student.

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

  2. In the Dropbox Folders section, click the folder where the assignments have been placed
    The Folder Submissions pane appears.

  3. For the student you want to edit feedback, click FEEDBACK LEFT
    The Leave Feedback pane appears.

  4. In the Dropbox Feedback text box, make the desired change to the message

  5. When finished, click SAVE
    The changed feedback will appear in the student's drop box.

return to topDeleting Feedback

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

  2. In the Dropbox Folders section, click the folder where the assignments have been placed
    The Folder Submissions pane appears.

  3. For the student you want to delete feedback, click FEEDBACK LEFT
    The Leave Feedback pane appears.

  4. In the Leave Feedback pane, click DELETE THIS FEEDBACK
    A confirmation dialog box appears.

  5. Click YES
    The link Feedback Left will change to Leave Feedback.
    The feedback can no longer be viewed in the student's dropbox.

  6. Click SAVE

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