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Using the Assessment Dropbox tool in VU Collaborate

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Written assignments are a large component of the curriculum for many units and courses. Take advantage of the Assessment Dropbox tool in VU Collaborate to receive, store and mark assessments online, check for originality using Turnitin and post qualitative and quantitative feedback. View common questions on these tools below. 

How do I create an Assessment Dropbox? 

Creating a Dropbox folder can be done in a few steps. When creating assessments, ensure that you always link to a grade item. Secondly, be careful of your start date, due date and end dates as the end date controls the visibility of the dropbox to students. Finally, when entering the Out Of mark; ensure that it’s the maximum number of points given in the linked grade item. 

How can I add assessment information? 

Basic assessment instructions should be placed in the description field; you can also create a rubric and attach it to the dropbox.  It is also advisable to attach the assessment item in the Add a file area so students can access their assessment item in multiple areas.  

What is Turnitin and how do I use it? 

Enable Turnitin (Step five) when creating Assessment Dropbox folders to check submissions for originality and plagiarism against thousands of sources. If you are using Turnitin and you wish for your students to view their Originality reports, ensure that you select the Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores in their dropbox folder checkbox within the Turnitin tab. 

A student has applied for an extension for the assignment to the Dropbox; how do they submit their assessment? 

You can add special considerations to specific students by changing the dates of submission only for those students. View this guide on giving Special Access for more information. 

For more information on using Assessment Dropbox in VU Collaborate, please visit the Learning Environments Help site. If you encounter any issues, please contact the ITS Service Desk by phone on (03) 9919 2777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or self-service

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Thursday, 22 February 2018