Schoology Assignment Types

image of schoology course homepage

Schoology is a great place to students to access course materials. When students select a course they are enrolled in from the “Courses” drop-down along the top, they are taken to the course homepage – also known as the Materials Page. This page will list all the course materials teachers have provided to students in Schoology. Some materials are actual assignments, and some are just for student or parent reference. The only way to know which is which is to look at the icons next to each item. 

  • Graded Materials

    All these icons are for possible graded assignments. Students will need to turn something in for each of these items. Click on each icon to learn more about how each of these graded activities work.

    • assignment iconAssignments

      Assignments - this icon indicates this item is a Schoology assignment. Students can be asked to do a wide variety of tasks for an assignment. Be sure to read the teacher’s instructions carefully and do what is asked. Students may need to download a document, work in Google, submit a quick video, or write a text response. Whatever the students are asked to, all of it will be turned back in via the “Submit Assignments” button on the right-hand side. From the submission window, students can upload a file or video, response via text, or pull documents from a drive. Visit the Connecting Google Drive and OneDrive page for more information on establishing this connection.

    • test or quiz iconTest/Quiz

      Test/Quiz - This icon indicates this item is a test or a quiz. Typically, the test or quiz will be closed to students until the teacher enables the option to submit. Once the teacher has opened the test, students can click on this item to launch the test. Some teachers will use a feature called LockDown browser, which locks the students into the test environment until the test is over. Be sure to follow the teacher’s instructions! Students can work on the test at their own pace and can expect to see up to six different question types. Once the student gets to the end of the test, they will need to click the “Submit” button at the end to turn their answers in. Students may recieve a score immediately – but may need to wait longer if the teacher has to confirm the scores.

    • assessment iconAssessment

      Assessment - This icon indicates this item is an assessment. Typically, the assessment will be closed to students until the teacher enables the option to submit. Once the teacher has opened the assessment, students can click on this item to launch the test. Some teachers will use a feature called LockDown browser, which locks the students into the test environment until the assessment is over. Be sure to follow the teacher’s instructions! Students can work on the test at their own pace and can expect to see up to fifteen different question types. Once the student gets to the end of the test, they will need to click the “Submit” button at the end to turn their answers in. Students may recieve a score immediately – but may need to wait longer if the teacher has to confirm the scores.

    • discussion iconDiscussion

      Discussion - This icon indicates this item is a discussion board. Discussions can have many components, including images, text, video links, and more. In a typical discussion board, the teacher will post the prompt and directions at the top of the window. To respond, students can click in the text box below and type out their response. Students may attach documents, audio recordings, or video recordings per the teacher’s directions. Students will also be able to see what other students post and may be asked to reply to their fellow students’ thoughts. After reading a classmate’s response, simply click on the reply button to reply. The teacher may grade the students’ responses and replies, or choose to leave the discussion ungraded. 

    • external tool iconExternal Tool

      External Tool - This icon indicates this item is an external tool. An external tool is a connection to another website through Schoology. Some examples include TurnItIn and Nearpod. Depending on the site, students may need to submit a paper, work through a presentation, access a notebook, or more. As long as students follow directions and ask for help if they need it, turning in an external tool assignment should be straight forward. One thing to note – not all external tools are graded assignments. But, students will need to interact with the tool in some way, according to teacher directions. 

  • Ungraded Materials 

    In addition to collecting student work, teachers can post helpful items, such as links or documents, that are for purely informational purposes. Each of the icons list below is an example of a material that students can look at for information or help, but does not require the students to turn something in. These items also will not be graded in Schoology. 

    • folder iconFolder

      Folder - this icon indicates this item is a Schoology folder. Teachers might store a variety of course materials within folders to make course organization easier. To access the materials within a folder, students can click on the folder to open it up. To leave a folder, students can click the back button on their browser, or click on the Materials section of the class on the left-hand tool bar. Students are still responsible for accessing materials stored within a folder. Be sure to follow the teacher’s directions.

    • embed iconEmbed

      Embed - this icon indicates this item is an embedded item. Items from other websites, such as videos, can be embedded via a special code into Schoology. The type of content a teacher might embed can vary – it could be a video from YouTube, a Google Form, a Nearpod lesson, a simulation, or more. Students may need to fill out information or just watch a video or presentation. 

    • link iconLink

      Link - this icon indicates this item is a link to another website. Teachers can put links to all sorts of websites in Schoology. To access the link, students just need to click on it. The link should open in a new tab at the top of the browser. Students can close the tab to return to Schoology when they are finished. Links may be used for help resources, additional information, lesson content, and more. 

    • pdf iconPDF

      PDF – this icon indicates this item is a PDF document. When students click on this, a copy of the PDF will download to the student’s device. Students can then read or edit the PDF using Adobe Acrobat DC. A teacher can put a PDF in Schoology for a variety of reasons. Typically, a PDF file posted with this icon will just be for reference, so students do not need to turn it in via Schoology. Be sure to follow any teacher directions.

    • excel iconExcel

      Excel - this icon indicates this item is an Excel document. When students click on this, a copy of the Excel file will download to the student’s device. Students can then read or edit the Excel file using Excel 2016. A teacher can put an Excel document in Schoology for a variety of reasons. Typically, an Excel file posted with this icon will just be for reference, so students do not need to turn it in via Schoology. Be sure to follow any teacher directions.

    • powerpoint iconPowerPoint

      PowerPoint - this icon indicates this item is a PowerPoint document. When students click on this, a copy of the PowerPoint will download to the student’s device. Students can then view or edit the PowerPoint slideshow with PowerPoint 2016. A teacher can put a PDF in Schoology for a variety of reasons. Typically, a PowerPoint file posted with this icon will just be for reference, so students do not need to turn it in via Schoology. Be sure to follow any teacher directions.

    • word document iconWord

      Word - this icon indicates this item is a Word document. When students click on this, a copy of the Word document will download to the student’s device. Students can then read or edit the Word document using Word 2016. A teacher can put a Word document in Schoology for a variety of reasons. Typically, a Word file posted with this icon will just be for reference, so students do not need to turn it in via Schoology. Be sure to follow any teacher directions.