Add Other Materials

This section includes information regarding Assignments, Discussions, File/Link/External Tool, Page, Media Album, and Packages.

(Sub-menus include all of the above)

Create Course Assignments

Assignments can be used as graded items in conjunction with the Gradebook. Each assignment can have submissions for students to submit files. You can use the assignment submission viewer to view, grade, and and add comments to submissions. Assignments can also be given a Due Date, which will automatically display the assignment in the Calendar and Upcoming areas for all members.

  • To create an assignment

    Use the Add Materials button located at the top of your Course Profile. You can also access the Add Materials button from within a folder. Follow these steps:

    Select the Add Materials dropdown menu and click Add Assignment.
    Fill out the Assignment form.

    Enter a Description (optional).
    Set a Due Date to place the assignment in the Course Calendar and Upcoming area.
    (Optional) Click Enable Submissions to enable/disable the feature.
    (Optional) Add a learning objective to the content.
    To grade this assignment in the Gradebook, you must select a category other than (Ungraded).

    Click Create to complete.

    Note: Assignments can also be created within course folders, or added to folders after their creation.

    Assignment Profile

    Once you have created an assignment, a profile will automatically be generated. The description and any additional files or links will appear in the profile, along with the Submissions and comment tools. You can use the profile to manage assignment submissions, grade students, and participate in the comments area.

  • Assignment Submissions

    The Submissions feature is located in the right column of the Assignment Profile. It can also be reached by clicking the Assignment listed in the Calendar. You can use this area to manage files that have been submitted by students.

    Submitted files are split into On Time and Late areas based on the assignment Due Date. You can download or view each individual file, or you can download all assignments in a bulk .zip file.

  • Document Viewer

    The Document Viewer allows you view and/or annotate student assignment submissions directly through your Schoology account. To use the Document Viewer, click on a submission.

    In the Document Viewer, you have the ability to:

    Comment  and discuss in the right column.
    Upload a file to the comment/discussion feed.
    Highlight selected text (if the annotation tool bar is available).
    Comment in the document (if the annotation tool bar is available).
    Strikeout selected text (if the annotation tool bar is available).
    Draw on the document (if the annotation tool bar is available).
    Grade the assignment (if the assignment has a grading category).
    Download the file and save it on your computer
    Return the annotated/graded assignment to the student just by clicking Save Changes.

    Note: Our Doc Viewer supports the following file types—.doc, .docx, .html, .odt, .pdf, .rtf, .text, .ppt, .pptx, .swf, .xls, .xlsx, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, .wav, .wmv and many more. The submission viewer does not convert iWork files, but you may download these submissions onto your computer. Not all file types (e.g. media files) can be annotated using the Annotation tool bar.

  • Returning Assignments

    The Submissions Viewer feature allows you to ‘return’ assignments to students simply by clicking the Save Changes button in the bottom right corner of document. If you use a third-party annotation program, you can upload your revised document to the comments/discussion area to the right of the student's submission.

Google Integrated Assignments

Important issues relating to Google-integrated assignments in Schoology.


Occasionally when a Google doc is shared, some students may not be able to open it. Please see details below about what causes this and how to remedy the problem.

Many times students use their devices to access their personal Gmail or Google Drive and forget to log out of their personal account before doing school work. If this happens (and it frequently does), the student will not be able to open a Google file that has been assigned in Schoology.

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If a student cannot open one of these files, usually all they have to do is to log out of their personal Google account.image showing how to sign out









Sometimes however, their personal account gets locked to the Google Connected Apps on their school device and they will not be able to open the Schoology file even after they have logged out of their personal account. In these cases the student will have to follow the directions below to disconnect their Google App personal account connection. 


1.    In your personal Google account, click on your icon in the upper-right and select My account image








2.    Under Sign In and Security, click Apps with account access.

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3.    Under Apps connected to your account, open Manage Apps.

4.    Select Schoology.

5.    Click Remove.