Four Little Feature Updates Making Big Things Happen
The tallest organisms on Earth, Sequoia trees, start as seeds the size of grains of sand.
It's easy to overlook the little things in life. After all, we only have so much time and energy. In hindsight, however, some of the most insignificant details can turn out to be defining moments in our lives. To quote John Wooden, a former teacher and legendary basketball coach, "It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."
If you've been with Schoology, even for a short time, you know that we release new features and updates constantly—over 57 notable new features from May 2013 to May 2014! Some updates are instant blockbusters (Mobile Annotations) while many others can go unnoticed. The fact is, they all play a role in your Schoology experience.
We'd like to share with you a few of our most recent feature updates. They may not be press worthy, but we're positive that you will find them useful.
Override Rubric Total Scores
Have you ever wanted to change the total score on a rubric without changing the criteria scores? Well now you can. Simply click on the total score in the bottom corner of your rubric and type in any score you want.
This little bit of leeway has some pretty large implications. Let's say a student turns in their essay late and you need to dock them five points, because that's your policy. Your ability to override the total rubric score enables you to account for external factors, such as lateness, without altering and ultimately misrepresenting the student's criteria score.
After you override a rubric's total score, an orange option will appear below your override that enables you to undo it.
Three New Final Grade Settings
You now have more ways to customize student grades in Schoology. From choosing how final grades are displayed to adding a custom overall grade column, these new options help you better control the flow of information to students and their parents. This is especially nice if your institution doesn't utilize Schoology's calculated grades.
Let's take a closer look at these three new grade settings. Start by going to your Grade Setup area.
Hide Overall Grade from Student Reports
Select this option if you don't want students to see the calculated overall grade in their grade reports. The overall grade will also be hidden from parents and advisers.
Hide Grading Period Grades from Student Reports
This option allows you to hide the calculated grading period (term) grades from students, parents, and advisers.
Add custom overall grade column
You can now replace the calculated overall grade column with a custom overall grade column. Though this requires more manual upkeep on your end, it gives you the ability to quickly update a student's grade with minimal effort. Just select "N/A" and type in a number.
Notice that any time a column is hidden, it shows up "greyed out" in your gradebook.
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Those are all the feature updates we have for you this time. I have no doubt that these relatively small changes are going to have big impacts on your overall experience. And as always, we want to know what you think. Feel free to comment below or message us—and the world—on Twitter (@Schoology).
Also, if you have any questions, please direct them to our Support Team. They're the best around.
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