Tie Dropbox to Grade Item (D2L)

When a dropbox and grade item correspond in D2L, an instructor can easily grade and provide feedback in the dropbox tool and then "push" or publish that grade to the corresponding grade item. To do so:

NOTE: If you've published feedback in the dropbox already, this process will not erase that information. This process WILL over-ride and REPLACE manually entered grades.

Creating the Dropbox and Grade Item Together

  1. In the dropbox tool, click New Folder

  2. In the new folder properties screen, provide a name for the dropbox (this can be different than the name for the grade item) and then click "New Grade Item" under Grade Item.

  3. Use the pop-up window to create your new grade item.

  4. Click Save
  5. The grade item's name will appear in the dropdown under Grade Item, but you will still need to provide and "Out Of" value. This value does not need to match the grade item's max points (see below), but it is helpful to students if it does.
        
  6. Finish creating the dropbox as normal.
  7. Click Save and Close.

Tying a new Dropbox to an Existing Grade Item

  1. In the dropbox tool, click New Folder
  2. In the new folder properties screen, provide a name for the dropbox (this can be different than the name for the grade item).
  3. Under Grade Item, use the dropdown menu to select the corresponding grade item. NOTE: You can only tie one dropbox (or quiz) to each grade item. Only available items will appear in the dropdown list.

  4. You will still need to provide and "Out Of" value. This value does not need to match the grade item's max points (see below), but it is helpful to students if it does.

        
  5. Finish creating the dropbox as normal.
  6. Click Save and Close.

Tying after students have submitted and you've published feedback

  1. Check in grades to verify that you have not manually entered grades for any student under the grade item that you would like to tie to. Once you tie a dropbox and publish dropbox feedback/grades, this will overwrite what is already in the gradebook.
  2. Go to the dropbox tool and click the dropdown to access "Edit Folder"

  3. Tie the grade item following the steps for Tying a new Dropbox to an Existing Grade Item above but do not alter the "Out Of" value if you have already scored students in the dropbox.
  4. Published feedback may automatically go to the gradebook. Go to the gradebook to verify that scores were sent. If not, continue to re-publish the feedback.
  5. Return to the dropbox submissions page. Those students with published feedback should have the "Published" icon near their names.

    To republish this feedback, select all students you would like to publish OR re-publish by checking the boxes next to their names (left-hand side). Then click "Publish Feedback" above.

What happens when the points on the dropbox and the points in the gradebook don't match?

When the points don't match up, D2L is smart enough to convert the score via a percentage. Example: Dr. Bunsen Honeydew creates a gradebook where each journal is worth 20 points so that 5 journals total 100 points of the final grade, but when he grades, he uses a rubric which totals 50 points. Beaker submits a journal to the dropbox and Honeydew grades it giving him 46/50. D2L converts this to 92% and gives Beaker 18.4/20 in the gradebook. Beaker can still view feedback in the dropbox indicating 46/50 but will see 18.4/20 in the gradebook.

Multiple dropboxes & multiple grade items.

Unfortunately, D2L will not allow you to tie multiple dropboxes to a single grade item (such as in cases when students must do one of three assignments, etc.), nor will it tie multiple grade items to one dropbox (such as multiple submissions or "stages" of a project). Instead dropboxes and grade items are one-to-one only. The best way to "trick" D2L into doing what you want with multiple drop-boxes and one grade is to create hidden grade items excluded from calculation and then keep a points grade item updated. To feed multiple grade items, you must create multiple drop-boxes or grade by hand and manually enter grades.





Keywords:dropbox, tie, grade, d2l, publish, push, feedback, tying, folder, assessment, points, edit, out of, item, enter   Doc ID:63825
Owner:Luke K.Group:UW Green Bay
Created:2016-06-02 11:42 CDTUpdated:2016-06-02 12:38 CDT
Sites:UW Green Bay
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