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Hello Fellow Listserv-ers,

I am seeking information on how faculty members are utilizing the dropbox feature of your current Learning Management System.

 

Our current LMS does not allow instructors to save marked up documents directly back to the LMS. Instructors like receiving and marking up papers online. However, the problem comes in returning papers to students. The process is not fluid; and has a host of issues.

·         Requires the instructor to save graded documents to their computer.

·         Graded papers need to be uploaded back into the LMS shared document library.

·         Graded work cannot be securely stored in the LMS shared document library (students will have access to other student papers.)

·         Emailing graded documents to each individual student is unacceptable to faculty.    

 

The few faulty that have tried using the LMS dropbox found the feature incomplete; and are sticking with Turnitin. Other faculty who use limited features of our LMS, have found other apps (Skydrive or Dropbox) to meet their needs.

 

I am interested in learning more about how your LMS dropbox works; limitations of your dropbox; and if this tedious process is unique to our LMS.

 

I appreciate your assistance.

 

Regina T.  Ewing

Educational Technologist

Mitchell College

437 Pequot Avenue

New London, CT  06320

Bond House 108

860.701.5014

ewing_r@mitchell.edu

 



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Hi Regina,

At RIT we used Desire2Learn (we brant it as myCourses) and are generally very please with the Dropbox tool (we rate D2L in general as a A-). I've attached the documentation for the Dropbox; as you'll see, it avoid the issues you report, expect aspects of the first one—for example, if you to mark up a student's paper with Word track changes, you do have to download the file to your computer, though you could just add comments in the "add feedback" box without downloading any file. Lastly, you can automatically assess all Dropbox submissions via Turnitin.

Good luck, Michael

Michael Starenko | Instructional Design Consultant | Teaching & Learning Services
Wallace 05-A654 | Rochester Institute of Technology | 585.475.5035 | mssetc@rit.edu





From: Regina Ewing <ewing_r@MITCHELL.EDU>
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE Blended and Online Learning Constituent Group Listserv <BLEND-ONLINE@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012 3:45 PM
To: "BLEND-ONLINE@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" <BLEND-ONLINE@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: [BLEND-ONLINE] Dropbox Dilemma

Hello Fellow Listserv-ers,

I am seeking information on how faculty members are utilizing the dropbox feature of your current Learning Management System.

 

Our current LMS does not allow instructors to save marked up documents directly back to the LMS. Instructors like receiving and marking up papers online. However, the problem comes in returning papers to students. The process is not fluid; and has a host of issues.

·         Requires the instructor to save graded documents to their computer.

·         Graded papers need to be uploaded back into the LMS shared document library.

·         Graded work cannot be securely stored in the LMS shared document library (students will have access to other student papers.)

·         Emailing graded documents to each individual student is unacceptable to faculty.    

 

The few faulty that have tried using the LMS dropbox found the feature incomplete; and are sticking with Turnitin. Other faculty who use limited features of our LMS, have found other apps (Skydrive or Dropbox) to meet their needs.

 

I am interested in learning more about how your LMS dropbox works; limitations of your dropbox; and if this tedious process is unique to our LMS.

 

I appreciate your assistance.

 

Regina T.  Ewing

Educational Technologist

Mitchell College

437 Pequot Avenue

New London, CT  06320

Bond House 108

860.701.5014

ewing_r@mitchell.edu

 



Mitchell College Mission Statement


Mitchell College is a national leader in learning engagement within a student-centered community that maximizes each student’s ability to succeed.



IMPORTANT WARNING: The information in this message (and the documents attached to it, if any) is confidential and may be legally privileged. It is intended solely for the addressee. Access to this message by anyone else is unauthorized. If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying, distribution or any action taken, or omitted to be taken, in reliance on it is prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this message in error, please delete all electronic copies of this message (and the documents attached to it, if any), destroy any hard copies you may have created and notify me immediately by replying to this email. Thank you.
********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Hi Regina,


We use moodle at my institution.  Moodle takes a per-assignment approach.  Each assignment is an object where students submit their work and where faculty assess and give feedback on the work.  The feedback can be narrative text (entered online) or through a file upload.  Here is a picture from the docs.


http://docs.moodle.org/23/en/Using_Assignment#Student_grading_page


This seems to cover our bases for faculty feedback.  The turn-it-in tool for completely in-browser marking is probably where faculty would like to be.


- Scott



Scott Krajewski             
Director, IT Services           
Augsburg College    
http://www.augsburg.edu/it/
The Link: IT Newsletter
http://augnet.augsburg.edu/thelink



>>> On 9/27/2012 at 02:45 PM, Regina Ewing <ewing_r@MITCHELL.EDU> wrote:

Hello Fellow Listserv-ers,

I am seeking information on how faculty members are utilizing the dropbox feature of your current Learning Management System.

 

Our current LMS does not allow instructors to save marked up documents directly back to the LMS. Instructors like receiving and marking up papers online. However, the problem comes in returning papers to students. The process is not fluid; and has a host of issues.

·         Requires the instructor to save graded documents to their computer.

·         Graded papers need to be uploaded back into the LMS shared document library.

·         Graded work cannot be securely stored in the LMS shared document library (students will have access to other student papers.)

·         Emailing graded documents to each individual student is unacceptable to faculty.    

 

The few faulty that have tried using the LMS dropbox found the feature incomplete; and are sticking with Turnitin. Other faculty who use limited features of our LMS, have found other apps (Skydrive or Dropbox) to meet their needs.

 

I am interested in learning more about how your LMS dropbox works; limitations of your dropbox; and if this tedious process is unique to our LMS.

 

I appreciate your assistance.

 

Regina T.  Ewing

Educational Technologist

Mitchell College

437 Pequot Avenue

New London, CT  06320

Bond House 108

860.701.5014

ewing_r@mitchell.edu

 



Mitchell College Mission Statement


Mitchell College is a national leader in learning engagement within a student-centered community that maximizes each student’s ability to succeed.



IMPORTANT WARNING: The information in this message (and the documents attached to it, if any) is confidential and may be legally privileged. It is intended solely for the addressee. Access to this message by anyone else is unauthorized. If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying, distribution or any action taken, or omitted to be taken, in reliance on it is prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this message in error, please delete all electronic copies of this message (and the documents attached to it, if any), destroy any hard copies you may have created and notify me immediately by replying to this email. Thank you.

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Greetings, Specifically for mark-up, you may want to explore Waypoint Outcomes, which allows student file uploads via an lms and digital, very robust mark-up by faculty, all in the cloud. We use it with Blackboard and our faculty love the features. There is a free as well as paid version. Good luck! http://waypointoutcomes.com/
Hi,

At my institution, we use Sakai which does allow for either writing comments directly to the student through the Assignments tool or by uploading a modified document with comments into the Assignments tool where only the student has access.

 

Another way that I am experimenting with this semester is giving feedback on student work using Google Docs. Our institution has Google’s Apps for Education, so each of our students have secure access to those tools. So far, I am finding the process far less cumbersome and time consuming that handling the papers through multiple uploads/downloads through the LMS. Basically, students write their papers in Google Docs and share the document with me, I go in and comment directly to them (this also allows for them to respond back as well—sometimes in real time), and then I enter the grade in the LMS. This is the first semester that I am using this, but I created a screencast with an overview of the process and some of my thoughts on the process if anyone is interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zxcHYmuJnE.

 

Dr. Donald Jordan

Instructional Designer/Coordinator of E-Learning Initiative

Center for Professional & Continuing Education (CPCE)

University of the Pacific

1776 W. March Lane Ste. 290

Stockton, CA 95211

P 209.946.3927

C 209.606.2128

www.pacific.edu

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>>> On 9/27/2012 at 02:45 PM, Regina Ewing <ewing_r@MITCHELL.EDU> wrote:

Hello Fellow Listserv-ers,

I am seeking information on how faculty members are utilizing the dropbox feature of your current Learning Management System.

 

Our current LMS does not allow instructors to save marked up documents directly back to the LMS. Instructors like receiving and marking up papers online. However, the problem comes in returning papers to students. The process is not fluid; and has a host of issues.

·         Requires the instructor to save graded documents to their computer.

·         Graded papers need to be uploaded back into the LMS shared document library.

·         Graded work cannot be securely stored in the LMS shared document library (students will have access to other student papers.)

·         Emailing graded documents to each individual student is unacceptable to faculty.    

 

The few faulty that have tried using the LMS dropbox found the feature incomplete; and are sticking with Turnitin. Other faculty who use limited features of our LMS, have found other apps (Skydrive or Dropbox) to meet their needs.

 

I am interested in learning more about how your LMS dropbox works; limitations of your dropbox; and if this tedious process is unique to our LMS.

 

I appreciate your assistance.

 

Regina T.  Ewing

Educational Technologist

Mitchell College

437 Pequot Avenue

New London, CT  06320

Bond House 108

860.701.5014

ewing_r@mitchell.edu

 

 


Mitchell College Mission Statement


Mitchell College is a national leader in learning engagement within a student-centered community that maximizes each student’s ability to succeed.



IMPORTANT WARNING: The information in this message (and the documents attached to it, if any) is confidential and may be legally privileged. It is intended solely for the addressee. Access to this message by anyone else is unauthorized. If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying, distribution or any action taken, or omitted to be taken, in reliance on it is prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this message in error, please delete all electronic copies of this message (and the documents attached to it, if any), destroy any hard copies you may have created and notify me immediately by replying to this email. Thank you.

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

Hello Fellow Listserv-ers,

Thanks for all your responses. I am going to investigate the various options suggested. Other suggestions are welcomed. I will keep you informed of my progress and faculty responses.

Thanks again,

Regina T.  Ewing

Educational Technologist

Mitchell College

437 Pequot Avenue

New London, CT  06320

Bond House 108

860.701.5014

ewing_r@mitchell.edu

 

 

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