New Feature Updates: Grading Groups, Publish/Unpublish Update, and More

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Dylan Rodgers

Content Strategy Manager and Editor in Chief of the Schoology Exchange

New Feature Updates: Grading Groups, Publish/Unpublish Update, and More

Posted in Schoology | March 29, 2013

Happy Friday, Schoology Community!

No matter how your week has been, it is going to end with a bang, and here's how:

Schoology has GRADING GROUPS!

Yes, you heard correctly! You now have the ability to group your students together in any number of ways for any number of reasons—project-based learning, differentiation, learning styles and strengths, etc. Now you can take in-class collaboration to a whole new level!

It is super simple. Just start by selecting the Members tab inside a course, and then follow these instructions:

  1. Click on that perforated box to the right entitled “Organize members into Grading Groups.

  2. A pop-up window will appear filled with all the students in your course. Title the Grading Group and select which students you want in it.

  3. Click "Create Grading Group" and you're done!

You'll see all your Grading Groups listed in the right column. You can edit them at any time by using the Gear icon next to them and selecting or deselecting students in your course. Each student in the Members tab will have a grey tag next to their name designating which group(s) they are in. You can click on this grey tag to see everyone who is in that particular group.

Remember that you can create as many groups as you want and assign students to multiple, so don't be afraid to get creative with how you use Grading Groups.

Now comes the really cool part!

Remember that "Individually Assign" feature in your "More" menu when creating course materials? Well now it is called "Assign" and is perfect for assigning different materials to different Grading Groups!

The fact that Grading Groups are meant to be used in tandem with the Assign feature, we know that this will add a whole new dimension to how you differentiate instruction and promote collaboration among your students. But with most of Schoology's features, it's you, Schoology Community, that truly explores their potential.

We can't wait to see how you take this feature and make it your own!

More Feature Updates

Ability to Publish/Unpublish Materials in an "Available" Folder

You requested it, and we listened! You now have the ability to "hide" materials in a folder that is otherwise available to your students. This way you can set up your folders entirely while still controlling the flow of available information. One thing to keep in mind is that if your folder has completion rules, unpublishing a material will also remove its completion rule settings.

Ability to Hide Point Values on Student Quizzes

In the past, when a student took a quiz on Schoology, the point value for each question was displayed in grey next to the question. Now you can “Hide point values” from the Settings area of a quiz. This way you can have various point values, including zero, without having students assess the question with a bias.

New Equation Editor

We rolled out a new equation editor as a special treat for all you math junkies out there. It is available everywhere a Rich Text Editor is, it now has over 220 characters, and the interface is more flexible and streamlined. As an added bonus, it also supports LaTeX commands. To utilize this awesome shortcut:

  1. Type a forward slash (/) to open the command insert box.
  2. Type a back slash (\) followed by the command.
  3. Hit the "Enter" key on your keyboard to insert the character.

Hint: By hovering over the characters in the equation editor, a clue tip will show you the LaTeX command.

As always, we are interested in your feedback, so please try these newest features out and tell us what you think!

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