Assessment Dropbox

Consolidating all aspects of assessment and submission online.

Marking assignments in the dropbox


This guide is about how to mark assignments in the dropbox. Before marking assignments, you may need to have created an assessment dropbox; for steps on how to create an Assessment Dropbox, please refer to Creating an Assessment Dropbox.

To see a short video on how to mark assignments in the dropbox, see the video below:



Here are steps to mark assignments within VU Collaborate:


Step One: Access Assessment Dropbox

Select Dropbox from the Assessments menu.


Dropbox Folder


Step Two: Access the Assignment Folder 

The numbers in the columns titled Completed, Evaluated and Feedback Published, relate to the number of students who have submitted out of the total number of students enrolled into the unit space. If a student has made a resubmission, the numbers here will not change.  To see a resubmitted assignment, you will need to work through the following steps as you would to see the first assignment submitted for a student.

 Choose the assignment folder by clicking on the title.

select assessment


After accessing the assignment folder, you will see submissions below student names. The assessment title in bold means that file is unread.

You are able to Download, Email, Mark as Read, Mark as Unread, Delete and Publish Feedback in this page. 

Select the checkbox, or multiple checkboxes to the left of student names and then select the action. The following screenshot is an example about how to mark one assessment as unread.


example mark as unread


Step Three: Access the Evaluate Submission Page

Before you start, you may need to filter the list of assignment submissions to a group.  To do this, click the dropdown arrow next to User and select Groups then click Apply.  You then need to click on the dropdown arrow next to the group to select the group that is relevant you, then click Apply again.


Attendance or classlist dropdown for groups  attendance or classlist groups and apply  attendance or classlist choose group 


Click the assessment title below the name of the student you wish to grade and leave feedback for.


 wish to mark2

 Note: Use the Search Options to find specific submissions based on student name, date, or whether feedback has already been given.

When you click on the assignment name, your dropbox screen will open to one like the picture below.  

  1. The assignment to scroll through and read.
  2. The link to the rubric.
  3. The score.  If there is no rubric to complete, place the score here manually.
  4. Where to place written overall feedback for the assignment.
  5. Student name, when they submitted the assignment and a notice in red if it was past the due date.
  6. The title of the assignment file.
  7. Click Save draft to save all the information but keep it hidden from students.  Click Publish to save the information and show it to students.


the dropbox


Step Four: Methods of Providing Feedback

An assignment can be assessed in different ways such as rubrics, scores, feedback, audio and video etc. To see details about how to provide feedback and grade, please see Providing Feedback and Grading within VU Collaborate


4.1. Rubrics

Click on the associated rubric in the Evaluation Panel and evaluate according to the rubric.


Associate rubric 


4.2 Score

Enter a numerical value in the Score out of field.


Score Assignment


4.3 Feedback

Provide qualitative feedback in the Feedback field. You are also able to include photos, URL links and other multimedia elements in the HTML editor.


Feedback Field 


4.4 Recording audio or video

Click Record Audio or Record Video.


record audio n video


Further Support

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