Editing a Dropbox Assignment

In Brightspace, assignments are provided to students and submitted by students using Dropboxes. The following instructions assume that you have at least one dropbox created.Identifies the Edit Folder selection in the context menu.

On the Dropbox Folders page, click  Edit Folder from the context menu of the folder you want to edit. Make your changes in the Properties, Restrictions, and Objectives tabs. For details about Turnitin®, see the corresponding article.

Identifies the Properties tab.

Properties Tab Options


Shows the Name field.

You may edit the name of the assignment, but the dropbox Name field is a required field.

Folder Type

Shows the Folder Type of the dropbox.

Folder type is not editable. If you wish to change type, you must create a new dropbox. Folder type is either Individual or Group.


Shows the category containing the dropbox if there is one.

Categories are for your organizational benefit. They are not visible to students. Categories are not required. If you have categories, you may choose one from the dropdown menu or click New Category to create a new one. (These categories are not related to Gradebook categories.)

Grade Item

Shows the Grade item selector dropdown

In order for the dropbox to be graded and have the grade publish to Grades, you must select a Grade Item. A Grade Item can only be associated with one dropbox. This is where you would disconnect a Grade Item if you want to make it available to a different dropbox.

Out of

Shows the Out of field.

Assign or edit the point value of the assignment. This point value should be the same as the point value of the Grade Item associated with this dropbox in Grades.

Student View Preview

This shows you the format of the grade as it will appear to students. You can change the student view format of this one Grade Item by clicking the dropdown menu, but generally it is better to do this in Grades > Settings.

Shows the Override Student View settings available.

Shows rubric options.


Click Add Rubric to add an existing rubric. Click the red  icon to remove a rubric. See the Rubric article for more information on adding a new rubric.

Default Scoring Rubric

This allows you to choose a default rubric, but choose another rubric for certain students.

Shows the Default Scoring Rubric.


Edit or enter instructions. This field is visible to your students.

Shows the Instructions field.

Shows the Attached Files options.Attached Files

These are files provided by the instructor to the students. Add a file, record audio or record video by clicking the corresponding button. Or remove a file by clicking the red X.

Submission Options

Under Files allowed per submission, you can set submissions to Unlimited to allow students to submit multiple files per submission, or limit each submission to One file per submission. Under Submissions, you can accept all submissions, only the most recent or limit submission attempts to one.
Shows Submission Options.

When an Assignment has been submitted, instructors can now be notified by inserting an email in the Notification Email field.

Very Important!


Make sure you save your changes by clicking the Save button.

Identifies the Restrictions tab.

Restrictions Tab Options


Shows availability date options

Dates are optional.

Has Start Date prevents students from seeing the dropbox before this time.

Has Due Date marks assignments as late if submitted past this time.  If you select Has Due Date and choose a date, the Dropbox name will appear in the calendar on the date and time set.

Has End Date prevents students from submitting any files.

Release Conditions

Release conditions allow you to create a controlled learning path through your course materials. When you attach a release condition to an item, students cannot see that item until they meet the associated condition. For example, you could create a condition that required users to view a content topic before gaining access to a quiz, or one that required them to post to a discussion topic before they could see a content module.

If you attach multiple conditions to an item, users must meet all conditions before they can access the item. For example, you could require users to visit the first three content topics in a unit before gaining access to an associated quiz. See article on Release Conditions for more instructions.

NOTE: Using multiple release conditions can be confusing and troubleshooting can be difficult so add this when you have plenty of time to test it in Student View.

Special Access

  • Allow users with special access to submit files outside the normal availability dates for this folder
    This selection extends specific students access without altering the settings for the rest of the class. 
  • Allow only users with special access to see this folder
     This selection prevents other students from viewing the dropbox. 

See article on Extending Access for a Student to a Dropbox Assignment for more instructions.

Identifies the Objectives tab.

Objectives Tab Options

By associating a dropbox folder with a learning objective, you can tie the folder to a competency you want users to master. See article on Associating Objectives and Competencies for more instructions.

Turnitin Tab Options

Turnitin® OriginalityCheck enables you to monitor dropbox submissions and identify potential cases of plagiarism by automatically comparing submissions to an online database of original content. You can then view Originality Reports which highlight key areas, show a breakdown of matching sources, and provide direct links to the matching content.

You can also take advantage of the integrated GradeMark® which enables you to add comments, inline text, and highlight sections in file submissions, directly from the Dropbox tool.  See article on Checking Assignments for Plagiarism for more instructions.