How to Set Up New Courses: First Steps with Schoology | Part 1

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Dylan Rodgers

Content Strategy Manager and Editor in Chief of the Schoology Exchange

How to Set Up New Courses: First Steps with Schoology | Part 1

Posted in Pro Tips | September 20, 2016

Your professional development days have passed and you're now in the midst of building (or refining) your online courses. As you start to focus on course and lesson design, it hits you—you zoned out during the "How to use Schoology" PD session because, well, you have a billion other matters that need your attention.

So now what are you going to do? 

For starters, don't panic. Bradley Kemp and the Schoology PD Team have put together a five-part video series called First Steps with Schoology that'll walk you through the ins and outs of creating new courses and then making them awesome.

Here's Part 1 on how to set up a new course:


Over the next 5 weeks, think of Bradley as your sidekick—like Robin to Batman or Arthur to The Tick. He'll be here, whenever you need him, to remind you of the basics (and some more advanced practices) until you can build a course blindfolded, though I wouldn't recommend that. 

You'll notice that the language Bradley uses is directed towards K-12 instructors who are new to the platform, but don't let that stop those of you in higher ed or who've use Schoology for years. We're positive instructors of all age groups and Schoology comfort levels will find this tutorial useful.

* Have a Schoology course from the semester before? See how to reuse old courses here.

What You'll Learn in Part 1

In the video above, you'll learn:

  • How to navigate the main areas of the Schoology platform
  • How to set up new courses, including your gradebook
  • The basics of managing student and course rosters 
  • Some of the differences between Basic (Free) and Enterprise (Paid) accounts

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Make sure to check Parts 2–5 of our First Steps with Schoology:

Part 2 | How to Organize Your Courses

Part 3 | How to Share Content with Students

Part 4 | How to Engage Students with Discussions

Part 5 | How to Reuse Content Efficiently


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