You Requested Them and Now They're Here: Five New Feature Updates

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Dylan Rodgers

Content Strategy Manager and Editor in Chief of the Schoology Exchange

You Requested Them and Now They're Here: Five New Feature Updates

Posted in Schoology | August 20, 2014

Many people around the world know Schoology as a learning management system, or an LMS. While this is true, all of us—Schoology users and staff—know it as much more than that. We know Schoology as a living and breathing community.

Take a moment to peruse through the public groups and you'll see people working together to develop new and better strategies, solve problems, and even brighten each other's days. And when you browse the platform, you're looking at a product built, in large part, upon the ideas of the community it serves.

Today, we are pleased to announce five new features that started as community requests and are now live.

Customize Folder Colors

You wanted the ability to change the color of your course folders, and now you can! Simply select Edit using the gear icon, choose your color, and click Save. Just like that your folder can be any one of nine different colors available. 

Folder colors can be as much of an aesthetic choice as a strategic one. In the example above, I used folder colors to designate my previous lessons (Black), current lessons (Red), and future lessons (Blue). This way students logging into my course instantly know which folder to open.

Color coding folders can also be beneficial in the lower grades, foreign language classes, and many other scenarios. Ask around in the Schoology Educators group, because I'm sure your peers will have some innovative uses for this feature.

Rich Text Folder Descriptions

Now when you create or edit folders, a whole world of rich text description possibilities are at your fingertips. You have free range to add images, utilize bullets for clarity, or even insert mathematic equations into the folder description to relay its contents at a glance or give it some overarching context.

This flexible feature can be used in countless ways to enhance your course design. But before you start your exploration, I have one friendly word of caution.

As I fiddled with this feature on my own, I got caught up in the wide range of possibilities rich text folder descriptions afforded me. It was quite easy to go overboard just for the sake of using the tools. So as with many things in life, a little rich text goes a long way, especially when it comes to clarity in navigation.

Let the exploration begin!

Ability to Edit Comments and Discussion Posts

You and your students will now be able to edit comments and posts across the platform. So if you've ever posted a comment, and forgot to add some important information or found a grammatical error staring you in the face after hitting "Post," then this new feature is for you.

Notice that the time and date stamp underneath the comment above verifies
that it has been "Edited" and still includes the original posting date. 

Editable comments and posts include:

  • Personal updates and comments
  • Group updates and comments
  • Course updates and comments
  • School updates and comments
  • Discussion posts and replies

 Students can edit their discussion responses by default. If you do not want your students to be able to edit their discussion responses, you must change your Course Privacy Settings located in the menu just beneath your course's profile image. 

Improved Turnitin Integration Enterprise Only

Per your requests, we've improved our Turnitin integration in a big way. You can now toggle between Turnitin's Originality Checking, GradeMark, and PeerMark panels (that you access from within Schoology's Turnitin app) to the Schoology Document Viewer!

Now you can keep all your grades, annotations, and comments within Schoology so they are automatically pushed into your gradebook and back to the appropriate student. By making our integration with Turnitin more seamless, your grading workflow is now more seamless too!

To use this new feature, go to your Turnitin app, select the assignment you want to view, and select View Report. When the Turnitin panel opens up, you can click the Schoology tab at the top to switch to our Document Viewer.

Bulk User, Course, and Course Section Deletion Enterprise Only

As you requested, we have just made it possible to delete large numbers of users, courses, and course sections in one fell swoop. If you're a system administrator, this feature enables you to upload a CSV file of data and let Schoology find and delete the data with which it corresponds. It's really simple. 

Here's a quick explanation:

  1. You export and download a file from your Schoology Export area.
  2. Adjust the file to ONLY include the users, sections, or courses that you want to delete.
  3. Import the file back into to Schoology's Import area under the Delete tab and match the fields.
  4. Kick back and let Schoology take care of the rest.

This new feature will save you tons of time and effort when managing your school's or district's data. To learn all the details of this process, please see this Help Guide article.

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Those are all the new features we have this time around. Go try them out and let us know what you think, because we're always excited to hear your feedback. You can reach us here on the blog or across the Twitterverse (@Schoology).

And if you have any questions or concerns, check out our Help Guides or reach out to our Support Team in our Support Center.

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