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New assessment tool issues

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Since Schoology announced they would transition from the old assessment tool to the new one, I decided to go ahead and make my final exam using the new assessment. Unfortunately, it has caused a number of issues, but there are also some nice aspects.

Pros:

  • Much easier to copy previous questions and slightly edit them to make new questions.
  • Many more question types available.
  • Allows for full screen, which makes it easier to ensure all students are where they're supposed to be during an assessment'
  • Flagging questions for review

Cons:

  • Creating questions takes much longer - Once I click something or save something, I have to wait for the loading arrows to complete before I move on.
  • No Spanish (or other languages) keyboard - As a Spanish teacher, I highly depended on this to allow my students to write the language correctly. I understand they can install the keyboard on their device, but using this tool inside Schoology was so much simpler than forcing students to learn the Spanish keyboard.
  • Grading one question at a time not available - I can't open one question and grade all students' answers to that question at once.
  • Grading in general - In order to grade, I have to click on each student, and scrolling to the question(s) that needed graded is difficult. The scroll is hidden under the bar at the top. In summary, scrolling is very tedious.
  • Saving grades - Schoology is not easily saving the score I enter next to a question. I have to watch and wait for the little circular arrow to complete to ensure it will save.
  • Rubrics open to the right and cover up part of the written answer. There is no adjustment for this. Previously, I could at least scroll a little and get the student's answer to appear below the rubric.
  • Difficult to transition from the beginning to the end of the test or vice versa. Students are forced to click over and over (for longer assessments) to transitions back and forth throughout the assessment.
  • Directions for a section cannot appear at the top unless you intentionally type them into the question box.

Please make adjustments to the new assessment tool. Carrying over features previously used in the old assessment tool is critical.

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    Yimei Shao Official comment

    Hi all, 

    I’m pleased to announce that Grade by Question is now available for Course Assessments and Managed Assessments (AMP)! Instructors can view all student responses to a single question in one place and view the average score on each question across the course. You can find out more information here: Grade by Question.

    Thank you for your understanding and excitement while we worked to add this feature to Schoology!

    For other updates to Assessments, you can follow our Product Roadmap. In order to follow the progress of items on our roadmap, click Follow on each section of the roadmap:

    Best,

    Yimei Shao
    Knowledge Management Associate
    Schoology, Inc.

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    Charles Black

    Hi Sarah!

    Thank you for sharing these great ideas for improvements to Assessments in Schoology. I want to make sure you know that we are working hard to bring a lot of the features to you have listed here to life, and that you can track these improvements via our Product Roadmap. Additionally, we highly recommend that you click Follow at the top of the page in order to receive updates on our progress.

    Thanks again!

    Charles
    Knowledge Management & Community Specialist
    Schoology, Inc.

    Edited by Charles Black
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    Sarah Wood

    Thank you! So happy to hear it!

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    Amy Zwolinski

    Also,  why do the uncompleted tests not show up in my reminders to be graded?  I have to physically go to the class and open up the assignment - this makes it difficult when students complete the test at a later date because there is no indication that they have completed it.

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    Mr. A. Davis

    I am still looking for a feature that would re-grade an assessment, should an error in the assessment be found, or if I want to accept another form of an answer, not previously considered.  I can change the answer key, but student work is not regraded automatically.  I've tried to look for this on the Roadmap, and do not see it.

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