Schoology Homepage for Instructors


Your homepage is the first place you'll land every time you log in to Schoology. Every aspect of the platform can be accessed directly from this location. Your homepage is where you'll be briefed on all the events that have taken place while you were logged off. It also keeps you organized by showing important events. The left menu of your homepage houses features specific to your role in the system (System Administrator, Teacher, etc.). The center column displays your Recent Activity feed, and the right column a running list of Upcoming events and reminders. 

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Recent_Activity.PNG Recent Activity

Your homepage is the first page you’ll see after logging into Schoology. By default, you will land on the Recent Activity feed. This feed shows all the comments, updates, and events pertaining to your connections, courses, and groups.

Use the menu in the top-center of the page to post Updates, Polls, Assignments, Events, or Blog Posts directly from your Recent Activity page. You can also choose where in Schoology the post is visible, and who is able to view the post.

Finally, you can filter the Recent Activity feed by clicking the Most Recent dropdown menu on the right side of the center column.

Note: You can post assignments, updates, and events to any or all courses and groups at once using the Post to... function. 

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Calendar.PNG Calendar

The Schoology Calendar is an important organizational element for your connections, school, courses, and groups. It keeps events and due dates organized and easily accessible from the right column. By clicking the Calendar area in the left column of your homepage, you can view events and due dates by the Month, Week, or Day. Each item is color-coded depending on the affiliation to which it pertains (Courses, Groups, School, or Personal).

Create Events

You can create Events from various areas of Schoology (Homepage, Course Profile, Group Profile, plus others). You must be an administrator for a course or group to create events.

The quickest way to create an event is from the Recent Activity tab on your Home Page. Simply locate the Event Icon in the upper middle part of the page.

To create an event, follow these steps:

From the Home Page

  1. Select the Calendar area in the left column.
  2. Click the Add Event icon in the top-right corner, or just click on a specific calendar day.
  3. Fill out all the necessary info.
  4. Click Create to complete.

From a Course or Group

  1. Navigate to the desired Course or Group Profile using the top menu.
  2. Click the Add Event link to the right of the right column.
  3. Fill out all the necessary info.
  4. Click Create to complete.

RSVP options:

  1. Disabled—Requires no RSVP. This event is visible to you and/or members.
  2. Only Invitees Can RSVP—Event remains personal or allows for RSVP from connections or members.
  3. Anyone Can RSVP—Event becomes public (available to anyone).
  4. Attach a File, Link, or Resource (optional).
  5. Enable Comments at the bottom left (optional).

To modify an existing Event from the Calendar, click on the event and click the button to Edit Item.  To modify an event from the event profile, find the Gear icon to the right of the page. You can use the Gear icon to edit your events, hide the Guest List from other guests, and Delete the event.

Note: If you create an event with RSVP from your personal calendar, you can invite people manually from the event profile. If you create an event with RSVP from a Course or Group Calendar, then the Course or Group members are automatically invited.

Inviting People

To invite people to your event, it must have RSVP enabled. To adjust the RSVP setting from your Calendar, click the event and click the Edit Item button. To modify an event from the event profile, click the Gear icon to the right of the page.

From the event profile, you can invite people using the +Invite Other Guests button in the top-right corner. You can use this button to invite your connections from other schools as well as your own.

Color-Code Calendar

When accessing your personal Calendar in the left menu of the homepage, you view all personal, school, group, and course items by default. To filter the calendar view:

  1. Click the All Calendars menu near the top of the calendar.
  2. Click a personal, school, group, or course calendar to view items specific material and events.
  3. To customize colors associated with each calendar, click a calendar and select a color from the chart that appears to the right. 

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Messages.PNG Messages

You can send personal messages to members of your school and outside connections using the Messages area. To send a message:

  1. Select the Messages area in the left column of your homepage.
  2. Click the +New Message button.
  3. Fill out the pop-up form.
  4. Attach a File, Link, or Resource (optional).
  5. Click Send to complete.

Click the Sent Messages tab in upper-middle part of the page to view a history of sent messages. 

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People.PNG People

The People area in the left column is a comprehensive list of all the people you know through Schoology. By connecting your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts to Schoology (see the Accounts section of the guide), you can expand your connections. Simply click on the Facebook or Twitter Icon in the right column. 

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Subscriptions.PNG Subscriptions

The Subscriptions area in the left column displays a list of all blogs to which you've subscribed. By default, your account is subscribed to the Schoology blog. When a subscribed blog posts a new blog post, a number will appear in the left column that indicates the number of new blog posts since your last visit.

Subscribe to blogs

The blog feature on Schoology is currently a user blog experience. The feature is housed in user profiles. By default, student blogs are not enabled, since it is difficult for faculty to manage items posted in user profiles. However, teachers can subscribe to other teachers' blogs.

Note: By subscribing to a blog, new blog posts will appear in the Subscriptions area of your Schoology account.

View more of the blog post

To view more of the blog post, click on the title of the blog. From within the blog post, you can:

  • Leave a comment.
  • Browse by date.
  • Browse by category (Schoology blog only).
  • Search for topics (Schoology blog only).

Unsubscribe from a blog

  1. Click the Subscriptions area on the left menu.
  2. Click the x that displays to the right of the blog name. 

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Reminders.PNG Reminders

The Reminders area appears in the right column of your homepage when students in a course submit an assignment, a quiz, or a discussion post that needs to be graded.

Note: A reminder also displays when a student re-submits an assignment.

To view the item:

  1. Click the type of item you'd like to grade:
    • Assignment submissions
    • Assignment re-submissions
    • Test/quiz submissions
    • Discussion posts
  1. Click the name of the item you'd like to grade.
  2. A blue dot next to students and submissions indicates items that require grading.
  3. Add a grade by clicking into each user's submission or post. 

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Upcoming Feed

In the right column of your home page, you'll see a running list of upcoming events, assignments, test/quizzes etc. This list will update as you refresh the page, and it displays up to ten items. 

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