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Submission folders allow students to submit work to you in D2L. Instructors typically set up Submission folders when students need to turn in one or more files (papers in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint presentations, etc.) as part of an assignment. Using Submission folders to manage student file submissions provides several benefits:
Think of this like collecting hard copies of student work: You would likely put all student papers for one assignment in one folder.
This will make it easier for students to access a particular Submission folder and submit an assignment at the appropriate time. If you've organized your content by type, you might add links to your Submission folders in an "Assignments" module. If you are organizing chronologically, you can link to your Submission folders in the weeks that the assignments are due.
When adding a Submission folder to the Content area of your course, be sure that it is set to Visible so that students can see the link to the folder.
Your assignment instructions should include the following technical guidelines:
All Submission folders should include a final deadline with an exact date and time. Avoid using 12:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. in your deadlines, as students will often confuse the two. Instead, use 11:59 p.m. or another time that is less likely to cause confusion.
Providing a non-graded practice assignment that requires a file submission can provide an ideal "trial run" for ironing out technical issues early in the term. Giving students a chance to test out uploading files to the folders while the stakes are low can help avoid arguments later on when students are more likely to blame technology for missing key deadlines.
When setting up or editing a Submission folder, enabling originality checking will ensure that all files submitted to that folder are run through Turnitin, a plagiarism-detection tool. Turnitin will generate an originality report to help identify parts of a document that are not the author's own words. Whether you want to use Turnitin as a teaching tool to help students better understand proper citiation and paraphrasing or as a way to help you detect possible academic integrity violations, be sure to enable originality checking on your Submission folders.
The following guides explain how to create a Submission folder and evaluate student submissions.
After reading through the topics in this unit, it's your turn to practice in your course. Keep in mind that no one will be evaluating the content of what you create in your course, and you can always revise these items later. The goal of the assignments in this course is only to ensure you’re comfortable using each tool.
To satisfy the requirements of this unit, complete the following tasks in your course: