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3 Google Drive Assignment App Feature Requests

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I like the new Drive Assignment app, but it would go from good to great with a few additions:

1. The ability to easily "open in new tab" or "open full-screen". Too many simple Drive tasks like adjusting margins, inserting pictures/graphs can't be done inside the iframe. There needs to be an Open in drive option to pop out the paper in a new tab. 

2. There also needs to be a button (like in Classroom) to Return or "hand back" all student papers, which would give editing access back to all students. This is essential for them to be able to see teacher comments (not visible in View only) and make revisions, which is the point, right? I am currently "unsubmitting", which has to be done one-by-one and fosters poor communication since the student did submit the assignment; I just want them to be able to see my comments and make changes if necessary.

3. Need to be able to copy Drive Assignments. Right now, when I copy the assignment from one class to another, it reverts back to the "old" assignment tool and I have to re-click the Google Drive Assignment app button to again attach my template. This is a cumbersome and easy to forgot to do when copying to multiple sections.

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    Mrs. Nastasi

    I am in agreement with all 3 suggestions! I came onto this Forum today to suggest the same 3 things.

     

    Re: #1: Absolutely. I work on grading using my Chromebook, and the screen is too small to work well with putting in comments.

    Re: #2: My students can't edit their work unless I unsubmit completely, and I do not think this is a good way to operate. In addition, my Google Drive is alerting me that my students are "suggesting" edits when they are trying to edit their work after it's been submitted and posted. 

    Re: #3: Yes! This takes a while to go through and find the file to attach...

     

    In addition, the grading tool is also cumbersome. The box to type in the score is very small and difficult to check if I put in the correct score. The "late" feature doesn't list what time they submitted (as far as I can tell); only that it was late. I work with middle schoolers, and I try to be a little kind (did they turn it in only 30 seconds late? Or a day late?)

     

    Thank you for considering our suggestions!

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    Katie Aquino

    We are in full agreement with all three suggestions.  We have teachers who are really drawn to the new assignments app because of the upgraded feedback features, however, we still feel like those could be enhanced by allowing a full screen view (especially for teachers using the comment feature built into the Google Doc)--it is impossible to both see the writing and the comments at the same time.  And the workflow for returning work is unclear and cumbersome--making the revision process difficult.  And finally entering the grades is confusing when teachers can't see/confirm the grade they entered because the box is too small.

     

    Finally, we'd also like to see more choices for distributing work for students.  We'd like to be able to choose to either hand out a copy to each students, hand out one editable file to the whole class or handout documents for small groups to work on collaboratively.

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    Katie Siemer

    love all of these suggestions! I would also like the ability to minimize the panel with the list of students, so the teacher view can be the width of the full screen!

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    Ms. HARNAGE

    I would like to add the ability for students to turn in multiple revisions. They can do that in schoology assignments but not with the google app.

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    Christine Gumpert

    Yes!  There needs to be an "unsubmit all" option, or it needs to automatically give students back editing rights to their docs once the assignment has been graded.  

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    Mr. Recore

    It would also be really helpful to add a button so that in the event if a student has not yet submitted their work but has missed a deadline, the teacher can 'force submit' their work.  Otherwise we can't grade their assignment on schoology.  

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    Beth Greenstein

    It is difficult to grade student work and very cumbersome to scroll around to be able to view documents.  A full screen option would solve this.  Also, there is no way for students to incorporate comments on Google Doc and then resubmit.  After grading essays, for example, we often have students return to previous papers to fix what is missing or what needs further development.  At present this isn't possible - they can only "suggest" changes.  Finally, there is no place to actually resubmit work for evaluation.

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    Ms. Vickery

    I agree with the suggestions being made here.  I have students work on and submit their engineering notebooks through here and they need to be able to work on it the entire semester.  However, I need to be able to grade it multiple times over the semester and give them feedback.  Right now that's very hard to do.  You can't see it well in the screen because there is no full screen.  I have to grade, comment, and unsubmit them one by one.  If I put a grade in it doesn't allow them to work on it any more.  I'm also having an issue with it creating multiple drive folders for the assignments.  Currently I have 4 in my Google Drive, some with only 1 assignment in them.

    I love the new capability of using it since Google Classroom doesn't give me all the robust features found on Schoology, but it definitely could use some of the feature improvements suggested here.

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    Ben Bohmfalk

    Agreed, esp on Full Screen mode since students often work on small Chromebook screens.

    One more request: figure out a way to manage permissions on submitted docs so students can still see teachers' comments, but can't make suggestions after submitting. The problem is that teachers get an email every time a student makes any tiny change to their doc after submitting it, so teachers' inboxes are flooded with emails about students centering a title, deleting a comma, etc. And they can't turn off those email notifications in bulk or filter them out of their inbox because every one is from a different email address and must be configured from the individual student document. 

    Somehow this is not a problem in Google Classroom but it is here.

    And one more while I'm at it: if Schoology could complete the process of incorporating Google Classroom's best assignment features, and add the ability for students to submit their own document from their Drive even if the teacher uses the 'create a copy' feature on the assignment. In Classroom, it's always possible for a student to easily submit a doc from their Drive, and give the teacher full access to it, no matter how the assignment was created. Submitting a student's own original doc in Schoology is still an unintuitive process that disconnects the submitted file from the Google Doc.

    Thanks for your consideration!

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    Collin Broekhuis

    I especially like the "open in a new tab" option. Especially for Science where I like to have the students make graphs of their data from labs. The graphs can really get small and difficult to use and move when the screen isn't large enough to see it all at once.

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    Sharyn Merrigan

    So many great ideas already suggested above.  Our students and many staff are using Chromebooks, and the small screens combined with the Schoology frame really cuts down on workspace for student and teacher.  

    I heartily second the suggestion to add opportunities for the teacher to distribute a copy to each student, one copy for the class, or copies for small groups to use (and be graded together).  Using the Google Drive Resource App for students to turn in Google Docs is difficult and renders the "live" document benefit of Google Docs useless.  Students and teachers are continually confused by the opportunity to Upload vs. Adding from Resources.  Creating one workflow for classrooms that only use Google Drive would increase efficiency and buy-in.  

    Thanks!

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    Paige Junge

    A big YES to all of these suggestions! A huge reason we chose Schoology over Canvas is this Google doc integration. So many of our teachers use Google Classroom because of the permissions features. It makes absolutely no sense that there isn't a "return" button that allows students to edit the doc again. Isn't that THE POINT?! They write, we give feedback, they revise and learn. I want to click the revision history to see the changes they've made. 
    It's truly silly some of the straightforward functionality that seems to be missing from this integration. 

    I second these features: 

    1. Allow us to return assignments for revision.
    2. Allow the student list to be minimized on the grading screen. (Yes, I know we can open in a new tab, but guess what? There ain't no* rubric or score box in that new tab!)
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    Cece Boehme

    Some of us are piloting Schoology for our district, and I'm sorry to report that #2 and 3 of your original post STILL are not in place.  (I haven't checked #1.)  I am fearful this lack of response means all our other concerns are going to remain unaddressed, too.  

    One day, someone might be able to explain to me why we are switching to this system, but so far, it is unclear.  The lack of functionality and cumbersome processes baffle me.  It can sync to my gradebook...kind of.  Whoopdedo.  

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    Yimei Shao

    Hi Cece, 

    I apologize for the frustration. We always welcome feedback in Schoology and we encourage feature requests and upvoting through this community. And although we review all submissions, it’s not possible, due to the high volume of requests, to personally respond to every posted request. 

    However, I'm pleased to be able to let you know that the first item on this list (opening Google Drive Assignments in a new tab) is available from the Submissions page: 

    To address the second item: As the Google Drive Assignments App currently integrates with Schoology, a new, unique copy of the document is created when the student clicks on the assignment. Once they submit it, they cannot continue to edit unless they (or their instructor) unsubmit the assignment. As a potential workaround, you can ask students not to submit their assignment until you've given them the go ahead via a comment. (You're able to comment on their documents before they've submitted them.) That way, those who need additional edits will be able to edit and submit with less back and forth. 

    To address the third item: Currently, copying assignments will only copy the information native to Schoology. Google Drive Assignments do not "live" within Schoology, but rather are external attachments. Because of this, and a myriad of privacy settings, the attachment will not carry over when copied. 

    Please rest assured we have noted this request which helps us gather feedback for our Product team to consider for future updates.

    Additionally, you may consider following our Product Roadmap for a snapshot of what our team is working on at any given time. Simply click Follow in the upper-right of the following sections: 

    Thank you for your understanding as we work to improve our Google Drive Assignments App and for your help making Schoology even better!

    Best,

    Yimei Shao
    Knowledge Management Associate
    Schoology, Inc.

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    Paige Junge

    "To address the second item: As the Google Drive Assignments App currently integrates with Schoology, a new, unique copy of the document is created when the student clicks on the assignment. Once they submit it, they cannot continue to edit unless they (or their instructor) unsubmit the assignment. As a potential workaround, you can ask students not to submit their assignment until you've given them the go ahead via a comment. (You're able to comment on their documents before they've submitted them.) That way, those who need additional edits will be able to edit and submit with less back and forth."

    That's all well and good, but it's a workaround and still doesn't address what we're looking for. I want to score them on a rubric so they can revise using those criteria. The goal is to see that rubric score increase with each revision. If they don't submit the assignment, then we can't give them a score. Also, so many students will submit even if we've told them not to. Finally, the student can't unsubmit an assignment after the due date. If they missed it by a few seconds and forget a citation, they're out of luck, which is not what we want. 

    And is there anyway to minimize the sidebar with the student names? It takes up so much real estate! 

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    Yimei Shao

    Hi Paige, 

    Thank you for taking the time to submit this additional feedback. 

    To clarify my previous comment, these are potential workarounds that might help users while our team works to prioritize ways to make Schoology even better. 

    Again, please rest assured that your feedback is being heard. 

    Best,

    Yimei Shao
    Knowledge Management Specialist
    Schoology, Inc.

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