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Instructions for Students

Use the D2L Dropbox to submit assignments online. This document explains how to drop off an assignment and how to verify that it was received.

Types of files: In most cases your document will be a Word file, but the Dropbox also handles Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and many other formats. Any questions concerning the type of file to be submitted should go to your instructor. Note that Microsoft Works files will NOT come through correctly.

An important note on Microsoft Works files: Your instructor might not be able to open a Works file. If your only word processor is MS Works we strongly encourage you to save your file in a Rich Text Format (*.rtf) and submit that rtf file. To save a file in an rtf format click on the Save As button, and select Rich Text Format (*.rtf) from the Save As Type drop down.

An important note about file names: To be safe, file names should consist of letters (upper and lowercase), digits (numerals), a single period before the extension, and spaces (never two spaces in a row). Some characters always cause problems: single or double quotes, apostrophes, slashes, $, etc. Others sometimes do. Examples of safe file names include: FermatsTheorem.docx, My reaction paper.doc, Group5Report.pptx.

An important note on file sizes: Files that contain images can be very large even though the document itself is only a few pages. PowerPoint files can be very large depending on how the images were added. Be aware that uploading large files can be very difficult from a computer with a slow Internet connection. The best solution is to resize images in an image-editing application, e.g., Photoshop, before inserting them into a document, or reduce image file sizes in PowerPoint.

To drop off a file:

Log in to D2L and go to your class.

Click on the Dropbox tool. Each assignment will have its own folder created by your instructor. Instructors typically assign start and end dates to dropbox folders to create a window of opportunity for students. Dropbox folders will not be visible until the specified date and time, and students will not be able to drop off assignments after the assigned end date and time. Any questions pertaining to the start and end dates should be referred to your instructor.

Click on the link for the appropriate dropbox folder.

Click Add a File.

Browse to the file you want to upload. Make sure it's the correct file and that it was saved after the last changes were made. Make sure it's not a MS Works file (see above).

Select the desired file and click Open. Add additional files if necessary.

Click on the Upload button.

Add Comments, if necessary. Comments are optional, unless your instructor requires them..

Click Submit to actually upload your files to the dropbox.

Note that this process sometimes ends in an Error window even though the file(s) went through correctly. Before you get too nervous, please see the "How to determine if your file(s) got through" section below. Even if there were no errors, students might feel better knowing that their files were submitted correctly.

Files can be very large, especially if they include graphics. Submitting a paper from a dialup connection at home might take several minutes or more. You might want to upload large files from on campus unless you have a fast connection or the file is reasonably small.

How to determine if your file(s) got through: You can check your Dropbox history at any time. Go to the Dropbox tool and click the History button. History lists all assignments that utilize the Dropbox and all the files you submitted. History also includes links to any feedback from the instructor. Note that not all instructors provide feedback in the Dropbox tool.



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