Gradebook Enhancements Launch This Friday Evening, November 13
A while back, we gave you a look into the next wave of gradebook enhancements we've been working on. The time has come to pass them on to you! In the evening of this Friday, November 13 (Can you believe it's November already?) you'll get our best gradebook to date.
It's modern and optimized for efficiency, because no one wants to spend more time in their gradebook than they have to. With these enhancements you'll have all the important information you need in one place with the ability to pinpoint specific data instantly.
In case you haven't yet seen what this round of gradebook enhancements includes, check it out below.
Gradebook Enhancements Coming November 13
The following gradebook updates are all about making your experience better. Whether that's by helping you find and synthesize information faster or simply giving your eyes a hug with great design, our gradebook will continually improve in multiple rollouts starting with what you see below.
An Improved Interface
Once these enhancements go live, the first thing you'll notice about your new gradebook is the look and feel.
Doesn't that just feel good on the eyes? But good design is more than aesthetics. When this launches, you'll notice that all the existing features of our gradebook are more quickly accessible because of this streamlined interface.
Grade Column Sorting
You will soon have an extra due date sorting option, enabling you to view grading columns differently. By default, the gradebook organizes columns by due date in ascending order—i.e., from earliest (left) to latest (right).
The new design offers another option: sort in descending order. That means the columns will flow from latest (left) to earliest (right). So if you are setting due dates as you go, you'll always see the most recent first!
More Visible Incomplete and Exemption Labels
Did you know that you can mark a graded item Incomplete or Excused in our current gradebook? You can, but the controls aren't readily apparent. With the new design, however, we'll make these controls easier to access so you can mark graded items Incomplete and Excused easily!
The New View Menu
In the updated design, you'll have a new menu entitled "View." This will help you find important information fast.
Do you want to see all the students who have missing work? Done! How about all the items you still need to grade? No problem!
The new View menu will include:
- Show Full Material Titles
Expand the material header row to show the entire title of materials.
- Marked "Excused"
Highlight all cells that have been flagged excused.
- Marked "Incomplete"
Highlight all the cells that have been flagged incomplete.
- Graded With a New Submission
Highlight all the cells that have a grade where the student turned in another submission.
Highlight all cells that still need a grade.
Highlight all cells where students still need to submit their work.
- Material Factor of 0
Highlight the columns of items with a factor of 0—e.g., items that you don't want to be factored into student grades.
Shortcut to View Individual Submissions
Each cell of the gradebook will have a material type icon. This will show you whether it pertains to an assignment, a discussion, or other material. It also provides you with a quick way to view that material.
Similar to how you can currently click on the name of the material at the top of each column to see it, clicking this icon will take you to the specific submission of that student. This will help you see exactly what you want with a single click.
Above is a test/quiz.
Say, for example, I wanted to quickly view Abigail's American History midterm submission. All I have to do is click on the test/quiz icon in the proper cell and I'm transported directly to her submission. Pretty cool, right?
That's all we have for this round of gradebook enhancements. Just remember that we'll be pushing it live late November 13, so when you wake up on Saturday, you'll have the next-generation of Schoology gradebook. Before then, feel free to check out our step-by-step gradebook help article for all the details on this release. It covers all the enhancements that we couldn't cover here.
Also, expect more gradebook updates to be coming down the pipeline, because we're never done enhancing the platform.