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Option to default "Disable Submissions" for Assignments

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Hi,
The "Enable Submissions" is always the default setting when teachers create new assignments. Is there a way to change this default? Many forms of assignments are not "submit-able" (i.e. reading assignments and oral presentations).

Also, we use Google Apps for most forms of desktop publishing - our students submit assignments in the form of Google Drive files with teachers using a 3rd party tool. Would be great to have a "Submit Google Drive file" feature for students.

When teachers forget to "Disable Submissions", which happens often, parents and students receive constant reminders that assignments are "overdue". This is causing unnecessary confusion for parents.

Thanks for considering.

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    Ms. McKay

    PLEASE!!

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    Jamie Sullivan

    Either relinquish control of this to the school or set the default to be Disable Submissions - so confusing for students if a teacher forgets to disable and so annoying for 90% of the teachers who have to disable every time they post an assignment.

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    Anne Macdonell

    Agreed. Please change the default OR allow the enterprise (school) to set the default. It causes such confusion for parents when teachers forget. Thanks!

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    Andrew Williams

    Agreed, please either disable by default, or allow the school to set the default. Teachers are pushing to stop using the assignment feature completely, and make a policy to use updates or events for assignments because of this setting.

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    David Yon

    Yes!  Please allow for changes on this setting to be made.

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    Mr. Vander Kooi

    It would make life easier to not have the default to submissions.

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    Barbara Wilson

    Life would be much easier if this could be the default rather than the default to submissions.

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    Ruth Auty

    Nothing like not receiving criticism from parents for something we neglected to when the system could so easily reverse the process for us. Thank you Schoology.

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    Mrs. Babington

    I would like to add my voice to this request, as well. We would use it often.

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    Mrs. McClain

    I too would like the ability to change the default.

     

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    Bess Seewald

    yes

     

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    Mr. Zeller

    Agreed. Especially now that there is an Overdue Assignments section for students that teachers cannot view, there is a lot of confusion from students who have completed an assignment off of Schoology but still get the overdue notice. Teachers can lock or unpublish an overdue assignment, but teachers cannot easily determine which assignments are showing as overdue without looking at a student's account.

    https://support.schoology.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/207082177-Allow-Administrators-to-Disable-the-Dropbox-Submission-by-Default?page=1#community_comment_114094324173

    Edited by Mr. Zeller
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    Rob Flynn

    Just change the default!  

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    Dr. Harrison

    Please add the ability to make "submissions disabled" the default setting at the school level, and also within courses.  It is too easy for teachers to forget to disable the "submissions enabled" icon when creating assignments that don't require digital submissions, and parents get notifications of missing submissions when in fact students have actually turned them in through other means.  This creates a lot of problems for us and a lot of negative press for Schoology and how it sends notifications.

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    Sarah Tunik

    Commenting as both PARENT and TEACHER

    --many teachers don't know (or don't have time) to de-select the dropbox submission.

    --this causes SO MANY false "missed assignments" that the missed assignment feature on schoology is basically un-useable.

    --as a teacher I would be GLAD to click the box when I want e-submissions. 

    --teachers who are weaker with tech are LESS likely to take e-submissions and LESS likely to know how or why to turn off the submission dropbox

    --teachers who are stronger with tech are MORE likely to take esubmission and MORE likely to know how and why to turn ON the submission dropbox. 

    --let's make the default OFF!!

     

    --as a parent I want to know when my child misses an assignment--for real.  After 4 days of school my son has already had 6 "missed assignments" which were really just dropboxes not turned off.  FRUSTRATING.

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    Lori Perez

    This would go a long way in eliminating frustration for teachers, students, and parents.

    Edited by Lori Perez
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    Dr. Harrison

    This thread has been active for three years, and there's still no response or action from Schoology.  The fact that we as a school cannot set our own default to disable digital submissions is a constant source of frustration when parents continually receive overdue notifications on assignments that were completed.  It puts us in a very difficult situation, is difficult to explain to parents, and makes Schoology look bad.  As we review our technology services this year, this will be a major consideration in our review of whether Schoology meets our needs and whether we should adopt a different LMS.

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    Anne Macdonell

    I completely agree with Dr. Harrison's comment.   Just attended a department meeting this morning and this issue was mentioned for the 100th time!    We were early Schoology adopters, but are re-evaluating our LMS choice this year, and this will certainly be a consideration in our discussions and choice.  

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    Eric Hall

    We have been struggling with this issue as well for several years and every year when I remind Faculty I am asked "can't it be off by default?" Even in a school where digital submissions are used there are many times when a teacher will collect work through another channel. WE NEED THIS!

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    Mr. Stanerson

    Yes, I agree.  Our teachers are trying to find work arounds for this.  We are wondering if there could be a bulk edit option for teachers to lock dropboxes.  Even being able to see which assignments have active dropboxes in the bulk edit screen would save time and be helpful.   In addition, if there was a way to lock all dropboxes in a given folder, like at the end of a unit, that would also benefit the workflow for teachers.  

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    Erich Tusch

    This is the number one request from parents, students, and faculty. Parents are growing tired of receiving overdue notices for assignments that are not overdue. Teachers feel the extra clicks are unnecessary and an additional burden. Students are tired of getting stuck in the middle. For example, a math teacher will give homework each night and not necessarily collect it or grade it. Therefore, for each of the 150 entries, he/she must disable submissions. Certainly Schoology can create some way to address this.

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    Ms. McKay

    I added my comment to the request for this feature in 2015.  Here it is 2019, and still no response. If you are following this feature request, please share the link to it with all of your teachers and get them to upvote it.  These "little things" (which I acknowledge might involve some complex coding) are the sorts of changes that can really have a big impact on teachers' work flows.

    https://support.schoology.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/206413837-Option-to-default-Disable-Submissions-for-Assignments?flash_digest=2e63f7bac548abac93d8f43dccd257c5e0fb923b

     

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