What is the File Drop tool?

The File Drop tool creates a folder for each student in a course site or member in a collaboration site. Each student or member is only able to access their own folder.

Students or members and instructors/site administrators can place files and create folders within their File Drop folders. Each student or member and their instructors/site administrators can also delete files and folders within their own student or member File Drop folder.

The FIle Drop tool mirrors the file management features and functionality of the Resources tool. See What is the Resources tool? for more information on how to add, upload, edit, and delete files and folders within File Drop. As with Resources, multiple files can also be uploaded using Drag and Drop. You can also establish a WebDAV connection to a site's File Drop to manipulate files and folders within it.

Note that an individual student's or site member's File Drop folder does not have permissions options to allow the folder's contents to be shared with anyone other than instructors, site administrators, and the individual to whom the folder is assigned.  You can store items in Resources to share them with the entire site or specific groups, or to make them publicly viewable.  By default, members of collaboration sites can upload items to folders in Resources. To allow students to upload and share materials with other students in a class, see How do I allow students to upload and modify content in a Resources folder?

Note: For instructions on how to add this or any other tool to your site, see How do I add tools to my site?

To access this tool, click the File Drop icon.

To access this tool, select Drop Box from the Tool Menu in your site.

To access the File Drop tool, click the File Drop icon in the tools menu on the left side of the page in your site.

File Drop folder examples

Example: Folders for each student

The File Drop tool displays similarly in course and collaboration sites. The names of students or members are displayed in alphabetical order:

  1. File Drop folders that do not contain any files will display an Empty Folder icon to the left of the participant name. Select Upload Files from the Actions dropdown menu to the right of the participant name to upload files to the participant's File Drop folder.
  2. File Drop folders that contain files will display an Access Folder Contents icon to the left of the participant name. Click the Access Folder Contents icon to expand the folder and view the contents on the main File Drop screen, or click the participant name to view the contents of the folder only.