When we moved to Canvas we gained a lot of useful features, but we lost a nice tool – Drop Box. Don’t sweat it! We have some solutions. Here is the list of solutions in the order of our recommendation.
- Use Canvas assignments tool
- Use Canvas group feature
- Use Box.com
- Use Google Drive
In your course menu, you find Assignments. You can create assignments with “+assignments” button at the top. Look closely as you create your assignments. There is an area labeled “Submission Type”. Choose “Online”. This will enable you to have your students upload files. Students can upload multiple files from their desktop or from their Google Drive. Then all the files will be collected for you under the assignment. Some additional features of the Assignments tool are the ability to view and mark up the students’ submission online without needing to download the file. Comments can be sent back and forth with the student for each submission as well.
Use Canvas group feature
You can create groups for your course. Each group gets a site. In each site, there is the Files tool where they can upload.
- Go to People and create a Group Set. Within the group set, create a group. Place students in the group. Students will receive notification that they have been added to a group.
- At this point, you should see a gear/wheel icon next to your group. When you click on that, you will see “Visit Group Homepage.” Click on that to access the files area. You should find all students upload there.
- For STUDENTS: You can tell them to go to People, then click Groups tab, then visit the group homepage. Or you can post the group URL somewhere in your course. The group URL should look like https://canvas.rice.edu/groups/(group number)
Create a folder in Box, label it as “YourCourse 101”, then share it with your students in the class. I suggest select students’ role as “Uploader” when setting up sharing. Uploader can ONLY upload. They can not do anything else. You can also create sub folders with student’s name.
Use Google Drive
*Use your @rice.edu Google Drive, not your personal Google Drive.
Approach I: Create a folder with your course name, share it with everyone in your course. Google can only share the folder as editors. Students *could* delete others’ files.