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Using Dropbox as a course management tool

By Michael McLaughlin
October 7th, 2011

Tools such as Dropbox can eliminate the need to use paper when grading assignments.

Today’s classroom teachers are increasingly seeking out simple ways to effectively share information and collect assignments over the internet.  Numerous institutions now encourage the use of course websites organized through larger management systems such as Moodle, Sakai, and Blackboard.

However, with tech-savvy teachers, administrators, and corporations driving the eLearning movement, the typical pen-and-paper teacher is often lost in the dust.  Although powerful, virtual learning environments, course management systems, and online learning centers often prove exceedingly cumbersome and complicated.  The addition of grade book features, attendance modules, and performance tracking only exacerbates the difficulties.  The jargon alone leaves one’s head spinning.

Fortunately a simple, self-contained means of sharing course information over the internet now exists – Dropbox. Of course, for those interested in maintaining the robust features of a full virtual learning environment, Dropbox can easily integrate with Moodle, Sakai, and Blackboard.

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