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Grading Dropbox Submissions in D2L

In the Dropbox area, D2L provides a grading interface that allows you to view files submitted by students, review originality reports provided by TurnItIn, and give qualitative and quantitative feedback. It will show common document file formats, like Word and PDF. For other file types, when you click the file name, D2L will prompt you to download it.

In addition, if you associate a dropbox folder with a grade item, D2L will automatically transfer the grade and feedback to the Grades area for you. You also have the option of using a rubric to grade assignments that students submit to a dropbox folder. Visit the Rubrics guide for more information.

View a File Submitted to a Dropbox Folder

  1. Click Dropbox on your course navigation bar. The Dropbox Folders page will open.
  2. Click the name of the dropbox folder with files that you want to view. The Folder Submissions page will open; it will display a list of all files that have been submitted to the dropbox folder.
  3. Click the name of the file. It will open within D2L's document viewer.

    Open a file in a dropbox folder

Give Feedback on Files Submitted to a Dropbox Folder

To give feedback on a file submitted to a dropbox folder, you must enter a value in the "Out of" field in its settings. See the Creating Dropbox Folders guide for more information.

  1. Follow steps 1-3 above. The Evaluate Submission page will open. On its left side, the file will be displayed (or a link to the file if it's in a format that D2L can't read), and on its right side, options for evaluating the file will be displayed.
  2. Enter a numeric value in the Score field. 
  3. Type or paste your qualitative comments in the Feedback textbox.
  4. Click Add a File and upload the file from your computer if you want to attach a file with feedback. (Note that you must also type something in the “Feedback” text box, or the file will not show up for students.)
  5. Save your work.
    • Click Save Draft if you do not want to give students immediate access to their feedback.
    • Click Publish to make the feedback available to students.
  6. Click Next Student to assess the next student's file or Back to Folder Submissions at the top of the page if you are done reviewing files.

    Grading a file submitted to a dropbox folder

Give Audio Feedback on a File Submitted to the Dropbox Folder

You can directly record up to one minute of audio feedback in D2L. Note that you must have Adobe Flash Player installed and a working microphone connected to your computer to use this feature.

  1. Open the student's submission with the Dropbox area (steps 1-3 in the above section.)
  2. Click the Record Audio button under the Feedback textbox. A pop-up window with audio recording controls will open.
  3. Enable audio input through Adobe Flash by clicking Allow and selecting Remember. (You will  only have to do this the first time you record an audio comment.)
    Allow-Flash-Record-Audio
  4. Click the record button when you are ready to speak into your microphone.
  5. Click the record button again to stop recording when you have finished.
  6. Click the green play button to preview your recording.
  7. Click Add when you are done recording your audio comment. The pop-up window will close, and you'll see a .wav file listed under the attachments section.
  8. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page.

Give Feedback to Students who haven't Submitted Files to a Dropbox Folder

You can give feedback to students through a dropbox folder even if they haven't submitted files to it, i.e., if they submitted their files to you through email or as paper copies.

  1. Click Dropbox on your course navigation bar. The Dropbox Folders page will open.
  2. Click the name of the dropbox folder with files that you want to give feedback on. The Folder Submissions page will open; it will display a list of all files that have been submitted to the dropbox folder.
  3. Click the dropdown arrow to the right of the Submissions menu, then select Show Everyone.
  4. Click the search icon to the right of the Search For text box. All students in your course will appear in the list.

    Show all students in a dropbox folder
  5. Click the Evaluate link to the right of the name of the student you want to leave feedback for.

    Evaluate link in a dropbox folder

NEXT STEPS

If you have students who failed to submit their assignment by the Dropbox folder's due or end date, you can quickly and easily email all of them from within the Dropbox folder. See the Emailing Students via Dropbox guide for more information.
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