Creating and editing an Assessment Dropbox
Dropbox provides an online location for students to submit assessments, and receive grades and feedback.
Set up a Dropbox folder for each assessment, select submission dates, file types, individual or group submissions and more.
Watch this short video to learn how to create an Assessment Dropbox.
On this page:
- Create a Dropbox
- Enter a Grade and Link to a Grade Item
- Dates and Availability Conditions
- Submission and Completion settings
- Evaluation and Feedback
- Learning Objectives, Annotation Tools and Anonymous Marking
- Turnitin Similarity Check
- Dropbox Visibility
- Creating a Text Only Dropbox
1. In a space on the navbar, select Assessments (1), then Dropbox (2).
2. Create a new dropbox folder, or edit an exisiting dropbox.
1. In Grade Out Of, enter the Total Points (1) the assessment will be marked out of.
Total points may be different from the total weight, for example an assessment (and rubric) marked out of 100 points, can have a total weight of 25% for the unit.
2. From In Gradebook (2) select Edit or Link to Existing (3).
3. In the pop-up window, select Link to an existing grade item (1) then select the required grade item (2) from the dropdown list.
4. Select OK (3) to confirm.
Due Date (set in the delivery space)
Due date is the date and time when a submission is due, past this time a submission will be marked at late.
1. From Due Date (1), enter a date in DD/MM/YYYY format, or select date (2) from the mini calendar.
Start and End Dates (set in the delivery space)
2. Expand Availability Dates & Conditions (1).
3. Select start and end dates
- Start date (2) - first time assessments can be submitted
- End date (3) - last time assessments can be submitted
Release Conditions and Special Access (set in the delivery space)
- Release Conditions (4) - students are unable to access or view the dropbox until the release conditions are met. See Using Release Conditions for more information.
- Special Access (5) - provide access to either
(a) only a select group of students i.e. one class, or
(b) individualised access for select users, that differ from the rest of the class i.e. extention of due date. See Add Special Access for more information.
1. Expand Submission & Completion.
Assignment Type (group or individual)
2. Select an Assignment Type.
3. Select submission type
- File submission: Students upload their assessments to the Dropbox folder.
- Text submission: Students type their assessment within the Dropbox folder and then submit. Useful when you need a link to another site where a student has created something, such as a YouTube clip.
- On paper submission: Students completed a paper-based assessment and don't need to submit anything. The dropbox is used to register completion of the assessment with marks and feedback, use a rubric if wished and have grades added to the gradebook.
- Observed in person: Students completed their assessment under the observation of an assessor and didn't need to submit anything. The dropbox has the rubric for each student, register completion of the assessment with marks and feedback, and have grades added to the gradebook.
Files (number and types)
4. Control how many files students can submit at any one time in the Files Allowed Per Submission setting.
5. You can also set restrictions for file extensions on specific assessment submissions in the Allowable File Extensions setting.
- PDF only: only PDFs can be submitted.
- Annotatable Files: refer to Using the Annotations Tool to Provide Feedback on Dropbox Submissions guide for more information.
- Files that can be previewed without any conversion: .HTM, .HTML, .MHT, .MHTML, and .BMP
- Images and Videos: JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF, TIFF, SWF, MPG, MPEG, RM, MP3, MP4, M4V, M4A, AVI, WAV, RAM, ASF, MOV, RA
- Custom File Types: enter a specific file extension that is allowed for assessments i.e. ".TXT".
6. Choose if students can re-submit to the Dropbox Folder through the Submissions setting.
- All submissions are kept: Students can re-submit as many times as they desire, showing all previous submissions to teaching staff.
- Only one submission allowed: Students are not able to re-submit to the Dropbox folder.
- Only the most recent submission is kept: Each time a student submits to the Dropbox folder, it replaces the previous submission.
7. You may enter your staff email or other email types to receive notifications when students submit a file or document into the dropbox.
1. Expand Evaluation & Feedback.
1. To assist in the evaluation, marking and providing feedback for student submissions, you can use a Rubric.
2. Select Add rubric (1), then select Add Existing (2).
If a rubric has not yet been created, see Rubrics.
3. You can Search (3) to locate your rubric, tick (4) to select, then click Add Selected (5) to attach the rubric to the Dropbox.
4. Once the rubric has been added you can expand inline, to see what it will look like when evaluating a student's assessment.
Learning Objectives, Annotation Tools and Anonymous Marking
- Learning Objectives (1): Learning Objects attached to the assessment. Select only if required.
- Annotation Tools (2): Enables annotation for the submitted document. Keep selected.
- Anonymous Marking (3): This allows for the anonymous marking of students identities from the person marking said assessment. This is not recommended unless required.
Turnitin Similarity Check
Before you begin
1. Enter a Due Date and select Save or you will receive an error message when you try to enable the similarity check.
2. Check that Urkund/Ouriginal is not turned on in the Dropbox - Originality Check
3. Scroll to the bottom of the Evaluation & Feedback panel and select Manage Turnitin.
4. See Enabling Turnitin Similarity Check to select settings.
All Assessment Dropbox folders are hidden from student view by default. To ensure that students can see the Assessment Dropbox on VU Collaborate:
1. Located on the bottom of the page is a Visibility button, defaulted to hide users' assessment dropbox. To make the dropbox visible, click on the eye icon.
- If it's blue with an eye icon within (2), visibility is available for students
- When utterly white with the eye icon slashed (1), visibility is not available for students.
Text-only dropboxes restrict assignment submissions to text that can be entered in the submission process. This can be useful when you require links from students to files hosted outside of VU Collaborate, such as to a website or if the assignment is a video. The method for creating a text-only dropbox is very similar to creating a regular dropbox and only requires a slight change in the submission type.
1. Expand Submission & Completion.
2. From Submission Type select Text submission.
3. If you have finished creating your dropbox, select Save and Close.
Contact ITS Service Desk on (03) 9919 2777 or via self-service servicedesk.vu.edu.au for technical support.