Bulk Upload Assignment Feedback Files in D2L

In most instances, we recommend using the D2L Assignments Annotation function directly in the D2L Assignments tool, because it is more straightforward. However, you can download all student assignment files in bulk, annotate individual files, and re-upload the files in bulk to D2L.

Bulk uploading feedback files takes four larger steps:

A: Download All Student Submission Files
B: Unzip the Submission Files and Add Edits
C: Rezip the Files and Upload back to D2L
D: Publish the Feedback

A: Download All Student Submission Files

  1. Click Activities in the top navigation menu of the course for which you want to give feedback.
  2. Click Assignments.
  3. In the assignments table, click the title of the assignment you’d like to give feedback on.
  4. If you have a larger class (with over 20 submissions), scroll to the bottom of the page and change the “# per page” dropdown to
  5. “200 per page,” to see all submissions on one page.
  6. Click the checkbox at the top-left hand corner of the submissions table. This will select all submissions.
  7. Click the Download button just above the submissions table.
  8. A new window will appear where your files will be prepared to download. This may take a couple minutes, depending on the size and number of files.
  9. Once you see the message ‘Your file is ready to download.’ click the blue Download button.
    Note: The folder you just downloaded will likely be saved to wherever your default download directory is set. This is usually either “Downloads”, “Documents”, or the desktop.

B: Unzip the Submission Files and Add Edits

You now have all student submission files on your computer, in one compressed folder. The next step (B) involves uncompressing the folder so that you can see the files. This step varies depending on your environment.

Once you have the folder unzipped, you may edit the files directly in Microsoft Word, or whichever program you’d like to use. Be sure of the following:

  • You save the files as you edit, making sure to save before moving on to the next file.
  • DO NOT change the file name of any of the documents. D2L uses the titles of the assignments to determine which files belong to which students. If you rename any files, you won’t be able to automatically upload them back to D2L.
  • DO NOT use the “Save As” feature in Word (or any other application you’re using on these files). This will make it impossible to bulk upload the files back to D2L.

Once you’ve saved all your edits/feedback on the files, you’re ready to move on to step C.

C: Rezip the Files and Upload back to D2L

  1. Follow the steps outlined in the zipping tutorials in step B above to REzip the folder with the SAVED student files.
  2. In D2L, navigate back to the assignment you’d like to publish the feedback files in. Remember: you may do this by following steps A1-2.
  3. Click the Add Feedback Files button above the submissions table.
  4. The “Add Feedback Files” dialogue box will appear. In this box, choose the Upload button.
  5. Navigate to the folder on your computer in which the new zipped folder is stored from step B.
  6. Select the zipped folder and click Open. Note: It may take several minutes for the file to upload, depending on the size, as indicated by the green progress bar.
  7. Click the Add button.

D: Publishing the Feedback

The feedback files have been uploaded and attached to the correct student via step C, but the feedback is not published by default, meaning the students will not be able to see your feedback yet. You can publish the files all at once with the following steps. Note: making the feedback files visible will not publish numerical grades to the D2L gradebook unless you have manually added numerical scores to student assignments in D2L.

  1. Check the checkbox at the top-left corner of the submissions table. This should select all submissions.
  2. Click the Publish Feedback button.
  3. Confirm the dialogue box.

This article was last updated on Nov 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm.