Feature Preview: The Ins and Outs of the Materials Index Redesign
Exciting changes are happening here at Schoology, and we wanted to remind you of one big update that is right around the corner. If the title of this blog didn't tell you enough, I am referring to the Materials Index Updates coming soon.
What You Need to Know
Thanks to tons of great community feedback and support questions we've received, the improved course materials page has a number of small updates with big impacts.
In short, this new layout will make it easier to create and organize course materials. It will even allow you to create materials at the "root" level, meaning they'll appear outside of the folder inline without being filed away in the index.
The new materials layout will work in basically the same way as it does now, and your courses will still have all their content, settings, and student completion rules. The major difference is that any existing course materials currently not organized in a folder will be automatically placed in one for added functionality, as shown below.
1. Current Materials Index | 2. New Folder Layout
You'll also have a Materials Filter (a re-imagined Materials Index) available at the top of the page.
After the change is live, any time you create a new material and choose not to place it in a folder, the material will appear at the root level. Below you'll see both a quiz and an assignment at the root level.
Why Replace the Materials Index?
If you do not currently use folders to organize your materials and course structure, this relatively small change will have a big impact on you and your students. For instance, your materials will be organized in much the same way as before, but you can now take full advantage of folder benefits. This includes:
- The expandable tree structure for quick and easy course navigation and management
- The ability to create content inline
- Drag and drop reordering
- The ability keep materials organized when saving your courses to Resources
- Student Completion Rules for self-paced learning and progress tracking
- The ability to keep a large amount of materials organized and easily accessible
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Now that you know what's coming up, what do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts below or on Twitter (@Schoology). Also, if you have questions, please direct them to our Support Team via our Support Center.