How to Add Drop Box in Thinkific

How to Add Drop Box in Thinkific

As an online course creator, you’re always looking for ways to enhance the student experience. One way to do that is by integrating Dropbox into your Thinkific courses. Dropbox is a popular file-sharing and storage platform that allows you to easily share course materials and resources with your students. In this article, we’ll go over how to add Dropbox to your Thinkific courses, so you can provide your students with an even better learning experience.




Benefits of Adding Dropbox to Thinkific

Dropbox is a cloud storage service that allows you to store and share files online. Integrating Dropbox with Thinkific can bring a lot of benefits for course creators and students. Here are some benefits of adding Dropbox to Thinkific:

Easier Course Material Management:

With Dropbox integration, you can easily manage and organize your course materials in one place. You can upload, share, and update your course content directly from Dropbox, and it will automatically sync with your Thinkific course.

Increased Accessibility for Learners:

By adding Dropbox to Thinkific, you can give your learners access to your course materials from anywhere and anytime. They can download files from Dropbox to their computer, tablet, or phone and study offline.

Secure File Sharing:

Dropbox provides secure file-sharing options that allow you to share your course materials with specific individuals or groups. This can be particularly useful if you are collaborating with other instructors or sharing confidential information with your learners.

Overall, integrating Dropbox with Thinkific can streamline your course management and make it easier for learners to access and interact with your course materials.



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Connecting Dropbox with Thinkific

If you don’t have a Dropbox account, create one by visiting their website and signing up for an account. Once you have an account, you need to generate an API key to connect it with your Thinkific account.

  1.     Go to the Dropbox Developer Console and sign in to your account.
  2.     Click on “Create App” and select “Scoped access”.
  3.     Choose the “Full Dropbox” option and give your app a name.
  4.     Generate an access token by clicking on “Generate” under the “OAuth 2” section.
  5.     Copy the generated access token.

Now that you have your API key, you can connect your Dropbox account with Thinkific. Go to your Thinkific dashboard and follow these steps:

  1.     Click on “Market & Sell” from the left-hand menu and then select “Integrations”.
  2.     Scroll down to “File Hosting” and click on “Connect” next to Dropbox.
  3.     Paste the access token you copied earlier into the “Access Token” field.
  4.     Click “Connect” to complete the process.

Your Thinkific account is now connected to your Dropbox account. You can now add files from Dropbox to your Thinkific courses.



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Uploading Course Materials from Dropbox

If you have connected your Dropbox account with Thinkific, you can easily access your Dropbox files from within Thinkific. Here’s how you can upload your course materials from Dropbox to Thinkific:

  1. In your Thinkific course dashboard, navigate to the section where you want to add the Dropbox file.
  2. Click on “Add Content” and select “File Upload.”
  3. In the file upload pop-up window, select “Link to External File.”
  4. Click on the “Select” button and choose “Connect to Dropbox.”
  5. Navigate to the file you want to upload and click on “Select.”
  6. Once you have selected the file, Thinkific will generate a link to it, which you can copy and paste into your course content.

By linking your Dropbox files to your Thinkific course content, you can ensure that your learners have access to the most up-to-date course materials, even if you make changes to the original file in Dropbox.



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Tips and Best Practices for Using Dropbox in Thinkific

Organizing Dropbox files for easy access

To make it easier to manage your course materials, it’s important to organize your Dropbox files in a logical and intuitive way. Consider using folders to group related materials together and use clear, descriptive names for files.

Keeping Dropbox files up to date

Make sure that the Dropbox files linked to your Thinkific course are kept up to date. This means regularly checking for changes or updates to the files and ensuring that any changes are reflected in your course content.

Ensuring the security of shared Dropbox files

When sharing Dropbox files with your learners, it’s important to ensure that the files are secure. Consider setting permissions to restrict access to only those who need it and use password protection if necessary.


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Dropbox is a valuable tool that can make managing and sharing course materials in Thinkific much easier. By connecting Dropbox to Thinkific, you can streamline the process of uploading and linking course materials.

In this article, we discussed the benefits of adding Dropbox to Thinkific, as well as how to connect and use Dropbox in your courses. We also provided some tips and best practices for using Dropbox in Thinkific.

By following these tips and best practices, you can ensure that your course materials are organized, up-to-date, and secure. We highly recommend adding Dropbox to your Thinkific courses to enhance the learning experience for both you and your students.


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