How to send files and receive files using the Digital Dropbox

Use this guide to send and receive files through your Blackboard course’s “Digital Dropbox”.

Access Course Tools

Access Course Tools

1. Enter your Blackboard course.

2. Click on Course Tools from the Tools box below the course menu.

Tools list

Tools list

3. Click on Digital Dropbox.

Dropbox Screen

Dropbox Screen

4. You will be taken to the Dropbox screen. There are two buttons, Add File, and Send File. If you have been sent any files by your instructor, you will see them listed below. For information on how to download files from Blackboard please see our instructions at for downloading files to the right under “What’s Related”.

Important note
If you wish to send a file to your course instructor it is important to use the Send File button. The Add File button simply loads your file into your Digital Dropbox but does not send it to anyone.

How to send a file

How to send a file

5. To send a file to your instructor click on Send File.

File Information

File Information

6. You will be asked to provide information about the file you wish to send.

Name
Enter a name for the file you are uploading, for example the title.

File
Click on Browse, a Choose File box will appear, select the file you wish to send and click on Open.  Please make sure that you do not have any spaces or special characters (e.g. !”£$%^&*()#’@[]{};:’|/,<>) in the filename.   Keep the filename short, the maximum number of characters allowed in the filename is 83. 

Comments
Enter any comments you wish your instructor to read regarding this file into the Comments box.

Submit

Submit

6. When you have completed the above steps and are ready to send the file to your instructor click on Submit.

Receipt

Receipt

7. You will receive a receipt screen confirming your submission.

Review

Review

8. If you look in your Dropbox again you will see a reminder of your file and when you submitted it. Note that you cannot edit the file or change it once you have sent it. You can however send additional files.

Important note
Make sure that the text beside your file reads “Submitted”. This means that it has been sent to the instructor. If the text reads “Posted” then the file has only been added and has not been sent, the instructor will not receive the file until you send it using the Send button.

If your course instructor sends you back a file to your Digital Dropbox it will appear here. Note that no email notification is sent when you receive a file.