Dropbox's latest announcement last month: the File Request Feature, has made it a little bit easier to gather homework from your online course students.
What is the purpose of the File Request feature?
The new File Request feature in Dropbox forms makes it simple to receive huge files and tasks from anybody.
You can collect files from your students as a teacher, and all of the stuff you get will be well-organized and saved in one location. It's incredibly simple to use as a student, and there's no restriction to the size of the file you can post.
- For everyone, the File Request feature is straightforward to use and configure. Students don't need a Dropbox account to submit documents, and you'll find all of the files you get in one convenient location.
- There are no restrictions on the size or type of files that students can upload. That means you may ask for everything from Word Docs and JPEGs to big films and Illustrator files, depending on what you need for your course. Everything is allowed!
- File Requests have the advantage of allowing students to submit an infinite amount of files. Instructors get a copy of every change they make and will receive an email alerting them of every new submission, even if they can't make changes to previous submissions.
- This also means that instructors can plainly tell when each document was submitted by looking at the timestamp. If you give pupils a deadline, you'll know they've met it!
- Students will not be able to see other students' assignments, which provides an additional layer of privacy. The instructor is the only one who can see a file once it has been submitted.
What's the best way to get started?
If you haven't already done so, sign up for a free Dropbox account. To get started, go to the left-hand menu of your dashboard and select "File Requests."
To begin, select "Create File Request" from the drop-down menu. This will bring up a window asking you to name your folder (typically something related to the assignment or file you're requesting to be submitted). Also, specify where you wish the files you upload to be saved.
So, what do you do with the link to the file request? You can put the URL as a text content type in your course and urge students to submit documents there. For example, include a link to your file request page that says "Assignment #1 is due on Wednesday, September 15th!"
That's all there is to it; you're done! Dropbox will now send you a link to share with your pupils for your file request. To see all of your contributions, go back to the left-hand menu and select "File Requests," then select the folder you just established.
Third-party proposals are being sought
It doesn't have to be a difficult or time-consuming procedure to gather proposals. You can submit a request and send the link to your suppliers when you require estimates for a future project. The files will then be sent to you, directly to your Dropbox account. Dropbox Plus and Business clients can establish deadlines to encourage a speedier response to their bid requests if they're on a tight deadline. Simply set a deadline and inform them that only submissions up to that point will be considered.