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Dropbox

The Dropbox allows you to submit assignments in BeachBoard through Dropbox folders set up by the instructor. Instructors can view submitted files and provide grades and feedback all from within the Dropbox area. If the instructor has connected the Dropbox folder to Turnitin, the plagiarism detector, and allowed you to see the results, the Dropbox is where you will be able to access this information. Unless it is a group Dropbox folder, only you and your instructor can see what you have submitted, and any feedback and/or grades left by the instructor.

Dropbox Table of Contents

Accessing Dropbox

Dropbox from course nav barClick Dropbox on the course navigation bar.

Submitting Assignments to a Dropbox Folder

The Folder List page lists all Dropbox folders available for the course. Each assignment has its own Dropbox folder, and folders can be arranged into categories by the instructor. If the instructor has set up a start date for a Dropbox folder, you will not be able to submit anything to that folder before that day and time. If the instructor has set up an end (due) date for a Dropbox folder, you will not be able to submit after that day and time.

To submit:

  1. From the Folder List page, click on the title of the assignment to which you want to submit a file/document.
  2. Click Add a File . This will open a pop-up window where you will be able to browse your computer and select the file.
  3. Click Browse to attach the file you want to upload. You can click Add to attach additional files.
  4. Click Upload in the lower right corner of the window.
  5. To record up to a minute of audio, click Record Audio. This will open a pop-up window where you will record your audio. Click Allow in the Adobe Flash Player Settings to allow BeachBoard to use your microphone (whether external or internal) to record sound. When ready, click the Record button and record your audio clip. Press the same button (now Pause) to pause/stop recording. Press the Play button to listen to your audio clip. You can clear your previous recording by clicking Clear. When finished, click Add in the lower right corner to attach your audio clip to your submission. recording audio popup window
  6. If you wish to send a short comment along with your submissions, type your message in the Comment text box.
  7. Click Submit and wait for the confirmation page to load. The system will also send an email to your preferred email address (as set in MyCSULB).

Dropbox Supported File Types

  • MS Word   (.doc, .docx)
  • WordPerfect  (.wp, .wp1, .wp2, .wp3, .wp4)
  • PostScript (.ps)
  • Acrobat PDF (.pdf)
  • HTML  (.htm or .html)
  • RTF (.rtf)
  • Plain text (.txt)
  • .ppt or .pptx

Unsupported File Types

  • .odt
  • .wps

Reviewing your Dropbox Submission History

You can check your submission history to ensure your submission was accepted and to see if it has been retrieved.

  1. On the Folder List page, click History at the top of the page.
  2. From the drop-down menu next to Folder, select the folder you want to view the submissions history for and wait for the page to load.

A list of submitted files submitted, if any,  will display on the Submission History page. You can check each file’s size, when it was submitted, whether comments were included with it, and if it has been retrieved. For group dropbox folders you can check to see who submitted each file.

  • Unread - The file has not been retrieved. 
  • Read - The file has been retrieved, though it may not have been read or graded.

 

Submitting Group Assignments to a Dropbox Folder

Group dropbox folders have a Group Folder icon beside their name. Any user in that group can submit files to the group folder. The Submissions column in the Folder List lets you know how many files your group has submitted. The Submission History page provides details on who submitted files and when. Feedback, including grades, associated with group folders applies to all group members.

To submit a group assignment:

  1. From the Folder List page, click on the title of the assignment to which you want to submit a file/document.
  2. Click Add a File . This will open a pop-up window where you will be able to browse your computer and select the file.
  3. Click Browse to attach the file you want to upload. You can click Add to attach additional files.
  4. Click Upload in the lower right corner of the window.
  5. To record up to a minute of audio, click Record Audio. This will open a pop-up window where you will record your audio. Click Allow in the Adobe Flash Player Settings to allow BeachBoard to use your microphone (whether external or internal) to record sound. When ready, click the Record button and record your audio clip. Press the same button (now Pause) to pause/stop recording. Press the Play button to listen to your audio clip. You can clear your previous recording by clicking Clear. When finished, click Add in the lower right corner to attach your audio clip to your post.
  6. If you wish to send a short comment along with your submissions, type your message in the Comment text box.
  7. Click Submit and wait for the confirmation page to load. The system will also send an email to your preferred email address (as set in MyCSULB).

 

Viewing Instructor Feedback

From the Course Homepage

When you login and enter your course, the Updates box will indicate that your submission has been graded.

Dropbox unread feedback

From Dropbox

  1. From the Folder List page, click the View icon in the Feedback column for a folder.

Turnitin dropbox view

  1. View your comments, grade, and/or rubric achievement.
  2. Click Download All Files to download any attachments the instructor has added.
  3. To view your Turnitin Originality report and Grademark comments (if the instructor has used this tool and allowed you to see the reports), click the the icon under Markup on the View Feedback page. Or, if you see a colored block and percentage turnitin report color block under Report, click the colored section to see your Originality report. Doing either will open your Originality report at Turnitin's website in a new window. Click on Grademark in the upper left corner to view comments left by the instructor or Originality to view your originality report.
    turnitin view markup
    Grademark button
  4. If you do not see the Markup icon, the instructor may not have used Grademark, may have completed their comments only recently, or might not have allowed students to view their reports. Check back later or contact the instructor.

Note: If you try to resubmit your paper within 24 hours of your first submission, there will be a 24 hour delay before you can see the Originality report for your second submission.

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