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Submit assignment without forced upload

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Because not all assignments will be completed in Schoology, I would like an option when I create each assignment that allows me to choose whether or not students should attach anything when they click "submit". 

This would allow teachers the full functionality of the gradebook regardless of whether the assignment is electronic or pen/paper and helps students and guardians keep track of assignment submissions.

As it is now, each "assignment" created requests an attachment and clutters up the gradebook with tabs. The students may chose to click "create" and type "done", but this also creates a situation where a student may type other information and think they are communicating with a teacher, but the teacher is not actually reading those submissions.

 

Another option is to add a "discussion" and mark it for grading. However, this then opens up a page where students can comment on each other's work - since no actual work is intended to be submitted, this is just an additional page for a teacher to have to monitor.

The option to submit without attachments is the best solution (Maybe instead of "Submit" this type of assignment just has a tab for students to "Mark as done" like Google Classroom offers).

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    Nina Lewis Comentario oficial

    Hi Kristal,

    Thank you for reaching out in the Schoology Community and posting your ideas!

    While we currently do not have a "Mark as done" feature for assignment submissions, you can add a grading column or disable submissions for work completed outside of Schoology.

    Also, in order to  best track your feedback, we ask that you limit each post to one feature idea at a time. This allows us to better track the votes for your idea.  Additionally, several of these ideas have existing posts with feedback from other educators. We recommend that you upvote these existing posts.  

    In the future, please search for existing requests for your idea to help us consolidate feedback for the feature idea. See our Feature Idea guidelines for more information.

    Thank you for your understanding!

    Best,

    Nina Lewis 

    Community Communications Specialist 

    Schoology | A PowerSchool Unified Classroom Product

     

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    KRISTAL SHAIKH

    Thank you. These solutions do not accomplish what I was looking for.

    "Also, in order to  best track your feedback, we ask..." This was ONE feature request. If my post was read, I was listing all the possible solutions that have already been presented in the EXISTING posts that do not meet my needs which is why I created a NEW post.

     

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    Nina Lewis

    Hi Kristal,

    Thank you for your feedback. I apologize if I misunderstood your goals.

    To clarify, it sounds like you want an option to add a requirement for students to submit a file or not with their assignments?

    Currently, students can submit an assignment by going to Create> type their submission, and that would be considered a file upload even though the student did not manually attach a file as such. However, I understand you mentioned that may also cause confusion for students and you would prefer for them not to follow that workflow.

    When creating assignments outside of Schoology, we often suggest disabling submissions or adding a grading column as I mentioned previously. To help our team better understand your feature idea, can you please provide more specific information as to why these two features do not help you accomplish your goals? Is there something more specific you are looking for?

    Also, the "Submitted Status" (Gradebook Exception Code) feature is currently on our Product Roadmap. When released, teachers will be able to mark materials as 'Submitted" in the course gradebook and assign a score for that material if desired. Would this feature help you reach your goals?

    If not, please let us know. We take feedback like this very seriously when we are deciding on future updates.

    Thank you!

    Best,

    Nina Lewis 

    Community Communications Specialist 

    Schoology | A PowerSchool Unified Classroom Product

     

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    KRISTAL SHAIKH

    The Submitted Status sounds close, but what I am looking for is student accountability. It is for them to mark as sumbitted/completed so that they know which assignments are waiting for me to grade. I can see that some may want to list an ungraded item and be able to mark as submitted for the student so that the student knows the teacher received it, but it sort of defeats my purpose if I have to go in and mark as submitted. I need the student to take ownership of that and then the feedback they get from me is the grade.

    I want them to be able to mark it submitted for their own tracking and for parents that are following the students assignments.

    Again, Google Classroom has an option that allows students to "Mark as Done" so that it shows in there list that it is complete and shows in my list that I should have it for grading. (An example is folders that students leave in my room - when they are ready for me to check a certain page, they can mark as done and I can pull that page).

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    Ms. McKay

    I am excited about the Submission Status update!  I also like the idea of students having a "I have completed this work" button (I have used the "create" tab for this, and it's OK, but not as simple as a one-click button would be.) On a related note (and I will find posts directly about this and repeat my comment there) - PLEASE make the "enable/disable submissions" button something that teachers can set their own default - or at least that System Admins could set a custom default for the school.  Teachers who do not use the gradebook in Schoology have to remember to "disable submissions" for every assignment.  Unfortunately, that set of teachers tends to be less tech-savvy, and therefore, they often either neglect or forget to make that extra click.  It would make the Overdue Notices information SOOOO MUCH more useful if the default were the other way - since teachers who are more likely to collect assignments via Schoology are also (generally speaking) the ones who would have less trouble making the extra click.

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