Assessment Dropbox

Consolidating all aspects of assessment and submission online.

Creating an Assessment Dropbox

The Assessment Dropbox is a useful tool that creates a container for students to submit their assignments which can be checked against Turnitin for originality.

The Dropbox tool allows you to set up assignments that students can submit online. You can set up separate Dropbox folders for each assignment and set up start dates and deadlines. Once assignments are submitted, you can view them online, download them, check submission times, enter a score, add qualitative feedback, and return submissions with comments, all from within the Dropbox tool.

You can also check for potential cases of plagiarism by enabling Turnitin Feedback Studio, which will check each student submission against vast databases of previous student submissions, journal articles and other web references.

To see a short video on how to create an assessment dropbox, see the video below:



 Below are steps to walk you through creating an Assessment Dropbox Folder and enabling Turnitin Feedback Studio:


Step one: Access the assessment dropbox tool

1. Click Dropbox from the Assessments menu.


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2. Click the blue New Folder icon.


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3. Insert the folder Name.


Name Folder


4. Enter additional instructions or attach supporting files to further inform students on what’s required for the assessment task.




Step two: Submission, Completion and Categorization


1. Select Folder Type

Note: Individual submission folder will be selected by default. Students will have the ability to submit their own assignment.

If you wish for students to submit group assignments, select Group Submission Dropbox and proceed to select the Group Category.


Submission options

Note: Groups must be created prior to creating a Group Submission Dropbox. Visit the Creating and Managing Custom Groups in VU Collaborate Manager for more information. 

2. Click the down-arrow under Submission type to expand further options for your Assessment Dropbox Folder.


submission types


File submission: Students upload their assessment to the Dropbox folder.

Text submission: Students type their assessment within the Dropbox folder and then submit.  Useful for when you just 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.


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3. Control how many files students can submit at any one time in the Files allowed per submission setting.

4. 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 the most recent submission is kept: Each time a student submits to the Dropbox folder, it replaces the previous submission.

Only one submission is allowed: Students are not able to re-submit to the Dropbox folder.


Step three: Linking a grade item


1.  Enter Out Of Score.  This should be the same Out Of score as the Grade Item and is the total points someone can get for the assessment.  This may be different to the weight of an assessment.  For example, you could score the assignment (and rubric) out of 100 and have it weighted at 25% of the total score for the unit.

2. From the Grade Item drop-down menu, select the Grade Item that you want to be linked to the Dropbox Folder. By linking a Grade Item, you will have the ability to transfer marks and feedback given to students to the Gradebook within your Space.

Tip: Although you are able to create a Grade Item in the dropbox folder here, it is better if you have all Grade Items created before you create the dropboxes.  Visit  Setting up the Gradebook to learn how to manage your grades for all assessment activities effectively.

3. If you have not created a Grade Item for your Dropbox Folder, click on New Grade Item, entering the corresponding point value for the assessment task. This will create an additional row in your Gradebook.


evaluation and feedback


Step four: Linking to a rubric 

1. To assist in the evaluation, marking and provision of feedback for student submissions, you can use a Rubric. Click Add a Rubric to select an existing Rubric or click on Create Rubric in New Window.


add or create rubric


Step five: Allow students to view the assessment dropbox

All Assessment Dropbox folders are hidden from student view by defaultTo ensure that students can see the Assessment Dropbox on VU Collaborate:

1. Click on the Restrictions tab.

2. Uncheck the checkbox next to Hidden from users.


dropbox dates


  • Due Date: Once this date lapses, students that submit to the Dropbox Folder will be flagged in red as late.
  • Start Date: When students can start submitting to the Dropbox Folder.
  • End Date: Once this date lapses, students can no longer see the Dropbox Folder.


Step six: Choose availability settings (optional)



6.1 Add Release Conditions


1. Using Release Conditions, you are able to make the Assessment Dropbox Folder open to certain students.


2. Click Create and Attach to add a new condition.  See the guide Using Release Conditions for further information.


 Release Conditions screen with Create and Attach button highlighted


6.2 Add Special Access


1. Special Access allows you to add students to a whitelist, which allows them to bypass the availability dates listed above.


2. You may find this useful later on in the semester when students are requesting assignment extensions. Visit the

 guide for more information.


Special Access screen


Step seven: Enable Turnitin

Note: Skip this step if you do not wish to enable Turnitin for your Assessment Dropbox Folder. Furthermore, Turnitin has specific file types that it can check. For more information on restrictions, please view theTurnitin File Types and Sizeswebpage.

1. Turnitin allows you to check each submission against global databases to assist in identifying potential cases of plagiarism. 

2. At the top of the page, click on the Turnitin tab.

3. Select the Enable GradeMark for this folder checkbox. Your Dropbox folder will be registered with Turnitin and may take a few minutes for the "Please wait while we contact Turnitin" message disappears.

4. Select Originality Check - Enable Originality Check for this folder.

5. Also select Display so students are able to see their Similarity Scores when they submit their assignment in the dropbox folder.


Turnitin enabled in dropbox

Note: View the Assessing Using Turnitin’s QuickMarks guide for more information.

7.1 Access Advanced Turnitin Settings (optional)


1. You can access further Turnitin settings by clicking on More Options in Turnitin.

2. These settings give you the ability to control what Turnitin searches for and compares the submission against.


turnitin originality check


3. Click Save and Close to finish the creation process.


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Step eight: View Turnitin enabled dropbox folder

1. Verify that a new Dropbox Folder has been created. Turnitin is active if you see the binoculars icon appear next to the name of your Dropbox Folder.


icon for Turnitin in dropbox list

Tip: Now that you've successfully created a Turnitin assessment dropbox, learn Accessing a Turnitin Originality Report once they have been generated.

Further Support

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