The Dropbox tool provides a central location where you and your students can submit and retrieve assignments and graded activities. Think of the Dropbox as a virtual Inbox and Outbox for course assignments where you can:
Retrieve submitted assignments from your students in your Inbox
Send graded assignments back to your students in your Outbox
Your Dropbox/Inbox is also linked directly to the Gradebook, which makes it easy to open an assignment, grade it, and then record the student's grade directly into the Gradebook all from one place. Students can open a graded item from either the Dropbox or from the Gradebook and see their grade for that item. You can also attach files and documents to assignments when you return them to students. If you attach a file with a different extension than what is supported by the system, zip the file(s) and then attach the .zip file.
You can move Dropbox submissions between baskets so long as the student does not have a submission in the other basket.
You can select students within Dropbox and navigate to the Email tool with the selected students automatically inserted as recipients.
You can select and download all submissions in Dropbox at once. The system zips the files upon download.
Click the No Submissions tab to view a list of those students who have not submitted documents to Dropbox.
For best results, avoid using special characters (like "*," "-," "%," etc.) in the folder and file names you upload to Dropbox.
Have students submit assignments to Dropbox. This reduces the amount of email you receive, and can substantially reduce
clutter and possible confusion for you and for your students.
Students will appreciate a central location for submitting and retrieving assignments and graded activities. Since Dropbox links directly to the Gradebook, you can view and grade submitted work from a single location. You can also create links within the course that go directly to the Dropbox, so students know exactly how and where to submit assignments.