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Are you using the Assessment Dropbox tool this semester? Make sure that your feedback is visible to students!

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The assessment dropbox is a powerful tool within VU Collaborate that allows you to provide meaningful feedback to students for a variety of different assessment tasks. Leaving quantitative and qualitative feedback can be done with ease. Have a look at the Learning Environments Help site blog for more information. Or see below for some common questions.  

I have created an Assessment Dropbox folder, why can’t I see it in the Gradebook?  

In order for feedback left in the assessment dropbox tool to appear in the Gradebook, each Assessment Dropbox folder must be associated with a grade item. For more information on creating and linking grade items, please view this guide on Creating an Assessment Dropbox and view step 3.2.

How do I evaluate a submission through the Assessment Dropbox?  

The 'Evaluate Submission' page in the Assessment Dropbox enables you to evaluate and leave feedback for student submissions. You can download submissions from the Folder Submissions page to mark the files offline, or you can view and grade a file directly on the Evaluate Submission page. You can then choose to publish feedback immediately or save your feedback as a draft to be released later. This enables you to revise individual assessments, review evaluations, and publish your feedback for all students at the same time. Read the full guide for more information on evaluating assessments using VU Collaborate.  

My assessment tasks don’t require students to submit anything, what’s the best way to evaluate them?  

You can still use the assessment dropbox tool to provide meaningful feedback to students for assessment tasks such as in-class presentations. Create an assessment dropbox folder and change the ‘Submissions’ search to “Show users without submissions”. Here you will see your list of students, allowing you to select “Evaluate Submission” just above the students name, despite the student not uploading anything. Publish this feedback when ready in order for the student to receive it.  

How can I upload grades from a spreadsheet to the Gradebook?  

If you have a large cohort of students, it can be difficult to enter marks online one-by-one. This guide on Importing Gradebook Data will assist you with managing a large amount of student grades.  


For more information on evaluating assessments within VU Collaborate in VU Collaborate, please visit the Assessments Menu in the Learning Environments Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service.  

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Sunday, 23 February 2020