Dropboxes

The Dropbox tool enables you to submit assignments through Waterloo LEARN. Simply upload your assignment to the appropriate folder.

Accessing A Dropbox Folder

From the Submit menu on the course navigation bar, click the link to Dropbox.

click Submit menu and then Dropbox

In the table of Dropbox Folders, click the link to the folder you want to submit your assignment to.

Uploading and Submitting a file to a Dropbox Folder

Before you begin:

  • Ensure that the name of your file does not include special characters such as symbols or punctuation (e.g., \ / : * ‘, ? " < > |). Such characters may cause problems when uploading your file.
  • Review the list of recommended file types:
    • Text Document - PDF, DOC/DOCX, PPT/PPTX, PPS, XLS/XLSX, TXT, RTF
    • Web Document - HTM, HTML
    • Image - BMP, GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIF

Click the Add a File button.
click Add a File button

In the popup dialog box select My Computer.

select My Computer

Next click the Upload button to browse for and select the file you would like to add. Alternatively, drag and drop the file from your computer to the upload area. Note: the drag and drop feature is not available in all browsers.

click Upload to attach files or drag and drop

Once your file has been uploaded, click the Add button.

click Add to attach files to submission

Ensure your file(s) appear under Files to submit and enter any comments you want to submit with the file.

Click the Submit button to complete the submission process.

click Submit button to complete the submission

Important: If your dropbox submission is successful, you will receive an Email Confirmation Receipt sent to your @uwaterloo.ca email address. If you do not receive an Email Confirmation Receipt, please double-check your submission and re-submit if necessary. Keep all Email Confirmation Receipts until the course is over as proof of submission.

Note: These instructions will outline the steps to follow if you are uploading a file from your computer. For ePortfolio, please refer to the instructions for Submitting ePortfolio items to a dropbox

Using the Record Audio Tool in a Dropbox Folder

Click the Record Audio button to record an audio file directly within the dropbox folder.

click Record Audio button to add audio file to Dropbox

In the Adobe Flash Player Settings dialog box, click the radio button next to Allow. You can also make adjustments to your microphone selection and volume. When you have finished, click Close.

activate setting Allow Flash and click Close

Ensure your microphone is set up correctly and click the Record button to begin recording. Click the Record button again to stop recording.

click Record button to begin recording audio

Click the Play button to review your recording.

click Play button to review your recording

Click Clear to erase your recording.

When you are satisfied with your recording, click the Add button to add it to your submission.

click Add button to add the recording file to your submission

Ensure your file appears under Files to submit and enter any comments you want to submit with the file.

Click the Submit button to complete the submission process.

click Submit button to finalize the submission

Important: If your dropbox submission is successful, you will receive an Email Confirmation Receipt sent to your @uwaterloo.ca email address. If you do not receive an Email Confirmation Receipt, please double-check your submission and re-submit if necessary. Keep all Email Confirmation Receipts until the course is over as proof of submission.

Submitting a Group Assignment to a Dropbox Folder

Group dropbox folders have a Group Folder icon beside their name.

Group icon beside Dropbox name

Any user in your group can submit files to the group folder. The instructions to submit to a group dropbox folder are the same as those for Uploading and Submitting to an individual dropbox folder.

Special notes about group dropbox folders:

  • All members of the group will see all submissions to the dropbox folder.
  • The submission history allows you to review who in your group submitted files and when. See the section below for instructions on how to review your dropbox submission history.
  • Feedback, including grades, that are associated with a group folder apply to every member of the group (unless otherwise indicated by your instructor).

Reviewing Your Dropbox Submission History

On the Dropbox Folders page, click the number under the Submissions column for the applicable dropbox folder.

click number in Submissions column to view submissions

A list of submitted files will display on this Submission History page. You can view a file’s size, the date and time it was submitted, and if comments were included. For group dropbox folders you can also check who submitted a file.

Viewing feedback in a dropbox

From the Dropbox Folders page, click the View link under the Feedback column for the applicable dropbox folder. Note: the View link will not appear until feedback has been published for your submission.
click View in the Feedback column

The View Feedback page displays the score, comments from the marker, and/or rubric achievement.

Click the Download All Files button to download any attached files provided as feedback from the marker.

review feedback score, comments, and download feedback files