D2L - Dropbox Submission for Students

This document covers D2L's dropbox and how uploading assignments for your class and can occasionally give you error messages or not work properly.

Basic Information:

The dropbox is component of D2L that serves as a means for students to submit assignments and coursework.  After a file is successfully submitted to a dropbox, the student will receive a confirmation email stating the file has been uploaded and will see the information in the History area.



All of the following steps must be completed for the document to be submitted successfully.
  • Click the title of the appropriate dropbox folder
  • Click [Add a File]
  • A pop-up window will appear asking you to choose a file to upload.  Click the [Upload] button and select your file
  • Click [Add] at the bottom of the pop-up window.  This will close the window
  • Be sure to click the [Submit] button at the bottom of the page
  • Click Done at the bottom of the following page to complete the submission process. 
Many clients upload the file but do not click Submit.  Without clicking the Submit button, documents will not appear in the dropbox.  If an error occurs during the process, have the client try uploading their document again.  If the problem persists, have the client contact their instructor.

More detailed instructions and screenshots can be found on the Learning Technology Center website.

Caution: Dropbox files are not backed up and cannot be recovered if deleted. Also, students cannot remove dropbox files once uploaded, but an instructor can.

Size Limit/Internet Connection

While there is no actual limit to the file size that can be uploaded to the dropbox in D2L, there are a few factors to consider:
  • The client's Internet connections (wireless/hardwire, dial up/DSL/cable/campus).
  • The possibility that a large file might upload successfully, but it may be too large to subsequently download.
For these reasons, we recommend keep files smaller than 10-15 MB to avoid running into problems.





Keywords:d2l, dropbox, drop box, student, submit, submission, upload   Doc ID:42077
Owner:Help Desk K.Group:UW-Milwaukee Help Desk
Created:2014-07-22 16:12 CDTUpdated:2016-07-19 09:50 CDT
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