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Evaluating all Files Submitted to a Dropbox Folder in D2L

You can download all of the files students have submitted to a dropbox folder at once, add feedback to the files, then re-zip the files and upload them to the dropbox folder. D2L provides the files with a unique name so that they can be redistributed to the correct students when you upload them to the dropbox folder.

Download all Files Submitted to a Dropbox Folder

  1. Click Dropbox in the course navigation bar. The Dropbox folders page will open.
  2. Click the name of the dropbox folder with the files you want to download. The Folder Submissions page will open; it displays a list of all of the students who have submitted files to the dropbox folder.
  3. Click the checkbox above the of the list of students on the left-hand side of the page to select all of the students' files.
  4. Click the Download link at the top of the list. A pop-up window that shows the progress of the files downloading will open; a link to a .zip file will be displayed when the download is complete.

    Download all files in a dropbox folder
  5. Click the link to the .zip file, then save the file to your computer.

    Zip link to download dropbox folder files
  6. Click the Close button at the bottom of the pop-up window after you have downloaded the .zip file. 

You will need to unzip this file to access the students' files. Add your comments to them individually, saving each one as you go, but be sure that you do not change the names of the files. D2L uses the code in the file name to return it to the student who submitted it.

Return Student Files with Feedback to a Dropbox Folder

  1. Re-zip the folder containing your students' files.
  2. Go back to the dropbox folder the files were submitted to in D2L.
  3. Click the Add Feedback Files button at the top of the page. A pop-up window that enables you to add the files will open.

    Add Feedback Files button in the dropbox area
  4. Click the Upload button to select the zip file on your computer.
  5. Click the Add button at the bottom of the window. The files will be uploaded and redistributed to the appropriate students.
  • NOTE: Distributing feedback files to a dropbox folder

    manually distributing files to a feedback folder

    If one of the files cannot be associated with a student when you upload your zip file, D2L will prompt you to select the student. Click the gray arrow to the right of the file's name; a list of your students will be displayed. Click the name of the appropriate student.


Feedback will not be published to students immediately, and you will need to evaluate students individually in order to enter a score. You can also leave general feedback directly in the Dropbox folder. See the Grading Dropbox Submissions guide for more information. ​

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