Working with The Dropbox

Instructors can use the dropboxto retrieve and grade electronically submitted assignments and also have the opportunity toleave feedback for the students next to their grade.

Plagiarism Detection - Turnitin

At this time, faculty cannot upload files directly into the D2L platform. Students must upload their individual files into D2L using the Dropbox feature. Nowhere in the D2L platform does it indicate that we are using Turnitin for plagiarism detection. Instead, faculty need to use the Dropbox area and check the box next to the words, "Plagiarism Detection: Enable for this folder" as shown below.

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Adding a Dropbox Folder

In order for students to submit their assignments through the Dropbox, folders must be created for each assignment.

  1. Onthe Course Home page red navigation bar,click the DROPBOX link. The "Dropbox Folders" pane appears.
  2. Click on the NEW FOLDER icon. newfolderThe "New Folder" pane appears.

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  3. Click on theProperties tab.
  4. In the Name text box assign a name for the folder. Folder names may contain underscores and hyphens and should notcontain the following special characters: * / : > < | ' & : # { } ".
  5. If desired, select Plagiarism Detection by clicking on the checkbox next to Enable for this folder. [Although it is not indicated in the D2L platform plagiarism detection is provided by Turnitin]
  6. Select a folder type (individual ro group submission) by clicking on the radio button next to each type.
    • If the Group submission folder is selected, select the Group Category from the drop-down box.
  7. From the Category pull-down menu, select the desired category orClick NEW CATEGORY. The "New Dropbox Category" dialog box appears.
    • In the Name text box type the desired category name
    • Click the SAVE button. Thecategory is createdthe system automatically returnsto the "New Folder" pane.
  8. To link this folder with a grade item, go to the Grade Item pull-down menu and select the appropriate item. OR To create a new grade item:
    • Click NEW GRADE ITEM. The "New Grade Item dialog box appears.
    • In the Name text box, type the desired name.
    • OPTIONAL: In the Short Name text box, type an abbreviated form of the name.
    • From the Category pull-down menu, select thecategory, if necessary.
    • In the Grading and Restrictions sections, select the desired settings.
    • Click on the SAVE button. The system automatically returns to the New Folder pane.
  9. Click on the SAVE button. The new folder will now be added to the "Dropbox Folders" section.

Submission Options

  1. Under Files allowed per submission, choose to allow Unlimited files or One file per submission. Instructors can choosefrom the following options: Keep all submissions, Overwrite submissions or Only one submission allowed.

Plagiarism Detection Options

  1. Keep the default entries in this section.
  2. Under Display, faculty can choose to Allow submitters to see Originality Reports by clicking on the checkbox.
  3. To manually choose files to send to Turnitin, under Frequency, click on the radio button next to Identify individual submission for plagiarism detection.

Adding Release Conditions to a Folder

Instructors have the option of placing time constraints on a Drop-box folder.

Adding Availability to a Folder

  1. Onthe Course Home page red Navigation bar, click the DROPBOX link. The "Dropbox Folders" pane appears.
  2. For the desired folder, click on the EDIT button.edit buttonThe "Edit Folder" pane appears.
  3. Select the Restrictions tab.
  4. To set a Start Date in the Availability section:
    • Select Has Start Date.
    • In the following pull-down menus, select the desired date.
      OR To select a date from the calendar click SELECT DATE calendar
      To set the date to the present time click NOW.
  5. To set an End Date, in the Availability section:
    • Select Has End Date.
    • In the pull-down menus, select the desired date.
      OR To select a date from the calendar, click SELECT DATE calendar
  6. To add this event to the class schedule, select Display in Schedule.
  7. Click the SAVE button.

Downloading Assignments

Once students have submitted their assignments in the Dropbox, instructorscan open or download them for grading.

  1. Onthe Course Home pagered Navigation bar, click on the DROPBOX link. The "Dropbox Folders" pane appears.
  2. In the Dropbox Folders section, click on the desired folder. The "Folder Submissions" pane appears.
  3. Click the link of the desired file. The "File Download" dialog box appears.
  4. To open the file from its location, click on the OPEN button OR to save the file:
    • Click on the SAVE button. The "Save As" dialog box appears.
    • Navigate to the desired save location.
    • Click on the SAVE button.
    • Locate and open the file.
  5. Repeat steps 3-4to download student documents.

Reading theOriginality Report from Turnitin

  1. Onthe Course Home page red navigation bar, click the DROPBOX link. The "Dropbox Folders" pane appears.
  2. In the Dropbox Folders section, click on the assignment folder link. The Folder Submission page appears.
  3. Click on the colored percentage area to view the originality report. The Turnitin Document Viewer page will appear.

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  4. Review the document.

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  5. Close the Turnitin Document viewer when finished.

Giving Feedback

If a dropbox folder was set up to be associated with a grade/assessment item, instructorshave the optionof leavinggrade feedback in addition to assignment feedback.

Giving Feedback: In the Student Dropbox

  1. Onthe Course Home page red navigation bar, click on the DROPBOX link. The "Dropbox Folders" pane appears.
  2. In the Dropbox Folders section, click the desired folder. The "Folder Submissions" pane appears.
  3. Next to the student's name, click the LEAVE FEEDBACK link. The "Leave Feedback" pane appears.

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  4. In the Dropbox Feedback text box, type feedback.
  5. When finished, click on the SAVE button. Once saved, students will be able to view the feedback.

Giving Feedback: In the Student File

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

  1. In the appropriate program, open the file and add comments to the student's document.
  2. Save the file.
  3. Onthe Course Home page navigation bar, click the DROPBOX link.The "Dropbox Folders" pane appears.
  4. In the Dropbox Folders section, click the folder where the assignments have been placed. The "Folder Submissions" pane appears.
  5. Select the student andclick on the LEAVE FEEDBACK link. The "Leave Feedback" pane appears.
  6. In the Feedback text box, type a message indicating the placement of the comments.
  7. Under the"Attachments" section, click on theADD A FILE button. The "Submit a File" dialog box appears.
    • Click on the BROWSE button. The "Choose file" dialog box appears.
    • Locate and select the file with your comments
    • Click on the OPEN button. The selected file is indicated in the "Submit a File" dialog box.
  8. Click on the UPLOAD button. The "Insert File" dialog box closes.
  9. When finished, click onthe SAVE button.

Editing Feedback

Instructorscan add or change feedback given to a student.

  1. Onthe Course Home page red navigation bar, click the DROPBOX link. The "Dropbox Folders" pane appears.
  2. In the Dropbox Folders section, click on the folder link where the assignments have been placed. The "Folder Submissions" pane appears.
  3. Next to the student's name,click on theFEEDBACK LEFT link. The "Leave Feedback" pane appears.
  4. In the Dropbox Feedback text box, make the desired change.
  5. When finished, click on the SAVE button. The new instructor feedback replaces the old instructor feedback.

Deleting Feedback

  1. Onthe Course Home page red navigation bar, click the DROPBOX link. The "Dropbox Folders" pane appears.
  2. In the Dropbox Folders section, click on the folder where the assignments have been placed. The "Dropbox Contents: [Folder Name]" pane appears.
  3. For the student, click on the FEEDBACK LEFT link. The "Leave Feedback" pane appears.
  4. In the Leave Feedback panel click DELETE THIS FEEDBACK. A confirmation dialog box appears.
  5. Click on the YES button. The link "Feedback Left" will turn to "Leave Feedback." The feedback can no longer be viewed in the student's dropbox.
  6. Click on the SAVE button.