Dropbox: Creating Assignments

What is it?

A new create and edit experience for Dropbox is coming in July 2021. We would like to share an early preview of this update so that you can review it, prepare, and raise any questions you may have.

New Layout

The first thing you’ll notice when viewing the new creation screen in Dropbox is an updated look and feel. The classic tabbed view has been transformed into a new, fully immersive page layout.

Screenshot of the new Dropbox assignment creation layout

Figure: The updated look and feel of the new Dropbox creation screen

The primary panel on the left contains common, frequently used fields that are always displayed. These fields are most relevant to learners and are the core details instructors want to add like a due date, instructions, and attachments.  

The panel on the right organizes additional, more advanced options such as start and end dates, rubrics, annotation tools, and Turnitin. These options have been logically grouped and labelled in a way that resonates with instructors and makes them easily discoverable. While these options are collapsed, summary text provides details about which settings are active and subtle hints that aid in the discovery of additional settings. As a result, you can see everything at a glance with little to no scrolling, and without having to navigate through any tabs.

Streamlined Grades Integration

We can’t talk about core creation workflows without mentioning grades. The new experience streamlines adding to Gradebook. Simply enter a score and your assignment is added to Gradebook, where the name and score are automagically synced for you. Don’t worry if you traditionally create grade items in advance, as support for selecting existing grades and categories is also available.

A GIF showing how grades can be added to assignments and linked to Gradebook automatically.

New Brightspace Editor

The new Brightspace Editor permanently replaces the previous HTML editor in the new Assignment Grading Experience and the new Assignment Creation Experience. The editor will be coming to all other parts of eLearn later including Content, Announcements and Discussions.

Previous HTML Editor:

An example screenshot of the previous HTML editor.

New Brightspace Editor:

An example of the new Brightspace Editor.

The new Brightspace Editor includes the following improvements to existing features:  
  • Refreshed formatting options 
  • The Lato font type 
  • A refreshed color picker 
  • A refreshed font size menu 
  • A comprehensive and standard emoticon menu 
  • A comprehensive and refreshed Symbols menu 
  • An advanced source code editor 
  • A refreshed Tables feature, including data sorting 
  • A refreshed Accessibility Checker 
  • The Check AccessibilityHTML Source EditorPreview, and Toggle Full Screen functionalities have now been placed in the top bar
The Editor also includes the following new features:
  • Wordcount functionality that includes words, characters, and text selection.
  • Context menus while editing to enable quick access to text, link, and image editing options; including advanced image editing options. Note that image editing is not available in all context menus yet.
  • A new overflow menu with additional, less frequently used menu options.
The list below outlines what is not included in the Editor:
  • Spell check functionality. D2L recommends using your browser spell check functionality.
  • Cut/Paste functionality. D2L recommends using your browser hot keys/menus for this functionality.

Comparing Assignment Creation Experiences


  Classic New Location in New
Name Primary panel
Instructions ✓ 1 Primary panel
Attachments Primary panel
Assignment Type Submission & Completion
Submission Type Submission & Completion
Submission Options Submission & Completion
Notification Email Submission & Completion
Category (existing/new) ✓ 2 Submission & Completion
Score Out Of Primary panel
Grade item (existing/new) ✓ 3 Primary panel
Student View Preview n/a n/a
Rubrics (existing/new) Evaluation & Feedback
Default Scoring Rubric Evaluation & Feedback
EPortfolio Artifacts ✓ 4 n/a
Anonymous Marking Evaluation & Feedback
Annotation Tools Evaluation & Feedback



  Classic New Location in New
Hide from Users Footer
Due Date Primary panel
Start Date Availability Dates & Conditions
End Date Availability Dates & Conditions
Release Conditions (existing/new) Availability Dates & Conditions
Special access Availability Dates & Conditions



  Classic New Location in New
Competencies Evaluation & Feedback
Learning Outcomes Primary panel



  Classic New Location in New
GradeMark® Evaluation & Feedback
Originality Check® Evaluation & Feedback
More options Evaluation & Feedback


Article ID: 131898
Mon 4/26/21 4:24 PM
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