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Submissions Overview

The Submissions tool houses folders where learners can submit files for assignments. TurnItIn originality checking is integrated with Submissions, generating originality reports to review possible instances of plagiarism in submitted files. Submitted files can also be evaluated within the Submissions tool, and evaluations can be associated with grade items in Grades (the D2L gradebook tool). 


Submissions Guides


Submissions FAQs

Can I comment on a student's paper in the Submission folder?

Not at this time. D2L's grading interface will allow you to open and read many types of files, including Word, PDF and PowerPoint files, but you cannot make comments on them. However, D2L does provide textboxes for entering quantitative and qualitative feedback (see the Grading Submissions page), both of which will transfer automatically to the Grades area if you have the Submission folder associated with a grade item (see the Creating Submission Folders page.)

Can I create a Submission folder for group projects?

Yes. First you have to set up the student groups in your course (see the Groups page), then when you create the Submission folder, select the Group Submission folder setting (see the Creating Submission Folders page). With a group submission folder, all students in the group will be able to see the feedback you enter for the assignment, and the score you enter in the Submisisons grading interface will be transferred to the Grades area for all of the students in the group. ​

What happened to Dropbox?

​In August 2017, D2L changed the title of the "Dropbox" area to "Submissions". This was in an effort to encapsulate what the tool is actually used for. It also reduces confusion with the unrelated ​website Dropbox.com.

How can student submission errors be avoided?

To ensure that student submissions get processed without error, here are D2L submission guidelines:


​Students must be sure that filenames for the files they are submitting do not contain any of the following special characters, or D2L will not allow the file submission.:

 ! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , / : ; < = > ? @ [ \ ] ^ ` { | } ~   F


F​ilenames must include the extension, which is one dot followed by the file extension. (More than one dot, such as filename..doxc, will throw an error.)


Although any file size is accepted, there is one exception:   ​ If the Turnitin feature is enabled for any given submission, the file limit size for that submission is 40 MB.


What file types are permitted?

​​D2L accepts file submissions of many types:  text document, web document, image, and media.  For the full list of accepted file types, see this D2L Brightspace link:  https://documentation.brightspace.com/EN/le/assign​ments/instructor/supported_file_types.htm

Folders are also allowed, but must be zipped (i.e., folder1.zip)​

Is there a size restriction for submissions?

​Any size files are accepted, unless they are Turnitin-enabled. If the Turnitin feature is enabled for any given submission, the file limit size for that submission is 40 MB.  ​

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