Info on Schoology Tests


Create tests/quizzes in your Schoology course to assess your students’ grasp of the material or evaluate their preparedness for class. Each test/quiz is automatically graded (unless you’ve included a subjective question, such as a short answer/essay), providing you with instant and powerful feedback that can help guide your upcoming lesson plans.

You can manually override grades, add comments, and customize a wide array of settings for each test/quiz.Important Notes:

  • If you use Schoology Enterprise and there is no Test/Quiz option in your organization, please reach out to your Schoology representative.
  • The option to create a Test/Quiz is no longer available on Schoology Basic. Learn more here

Read this article in its entirety, or use the links below to jump to guides on specific aspects of using tests/quizzes in your Schoology course.

Create Tests/Quizzes

To create a Test/Quiz, follow these steps:

  1. Click Add Materials.
  2. Select Add Test/Quiz.
  3. Fill out the Create Test/Quiz form.
    • Set a Due Date to place the test/quiz in the Course Calendar and Upcoming area.
    • Set a Category to include the test/quiz in your gradebook.
    • Use Period to choose grading category from the drop-down menu.
    • Set a Scale for the test/quiz.
  4. Click Create to complete.

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


Use Options to turn on/off the following features:

  • Use Individually Assign (Enterprise only)to only display the assignment to a specific member of the course or a grading group.
  • Published to Students to display or hide the test/quiz from student view.
    Note: Using Published determines whether students see the test/quiz on the course Materialspage. This is different from the Allow Attempts option in the Settings tab of the test/quiz, which determines when students can begin taking the test/quiz.
  • Enabling Grade Statistics displays the statistics for the test/quiz to students
  • Enabling Comments allows students to comment on the test/quiz:
  • Copy to: Test/Quizzes can only be copied after all questions have been created and finalized.

Add Questions

To create questions:

  1. Click Add Question.
  2. Select a question-type from the menu. Click here to learn about the different types of questions on Schoology.
  3. Fill out the question.
  4. For multiple-choice or true/false questions, you can also add feedback:
    1. Click Show Feedback.
    2. Add answer-level feedback in the text fields next to each answer choice.
    3. Add question-level feedback in the text fields beneath the answer choices, labeled Incorrect Response Feedback and Correct Response Feedback.
    4. To hide feedback, click Hide Feedback.
  1. (Optional) Add a learning objective to the test/quiz question.
  2. Click Create Question to complete.

Note: There is a limit of 200 questions per test/quiz.

Add Questions from Question Banks

Once you have a Question Bank in Schoology, you can build tests/quizzes with questions from the banks. You can add individual questions from a question bank, or you can add a random selection of questions from multiple question banks when you create your quiz.

To add individual questions from one question bank to a test/quiz:

  1. Create a test/quiz, or click on the name of test/quiz into which you’d like to add questions.
  2. In the Questions tab, click Add Question and select From Question Banks in the menu.
  3. In the Import from Question Banks window, select Individual Questions.

  4. Click the Question Bank from which you’d like to import questions.
  5. Select the box next to the question(s) you’d like to import. To import all questions, select the box next to the Auto-select button.
  6. Using Auto-select (optional): To insert a set number of randomly-selected questions from the bank:
    1. Click Auto-select.
    2. Enter the number of questions you’d like to add to the test.
    3. Click Select.

When you use the Auto-select feature, the selected number of questions are added to the test/quiz, and all students in the course receive the same set of questions.

  1. Enter a point value in the field to the right of each question to set the number of points each question is worth. To set a consistent point value for each question, click the Set Points button and enter a value in the Points Per Question field.
  2. Click Add Questions to complete.

To add a random selection of questions from one or more question banks to a test/quiz:

  1. Create a test/quiz, or click on the name of the test/quiz into which you’d like to add questions.
  2. In the Questions tab of the test/quiz, click Add Question.
  3. Select From Question Banks.
  4. In the Import from Question Banks window, select Random Questions.

  5. In the Select Question Banks window, select one or more of your question banks to pull from. You can select as many as you’d like.
  6. Click Select Question Banks.
  7. In the Add Random Questions window, enter:
    • The number of questions that you want to generate from each bank.
    • How many points each question is worth.
  8. Click Add Questions to complete.

Each quiz will contain the determined number of questions from the selected question banks.
Each student in the course receives a unique set of questions. Even if students receive a few of the same questions, they will appear in a different order, so no test is alike. This is helpful in maintaining the validity of your quiz results.Pro Tip: Having a question bank strategy and strict labeling system can separate good tests from great ones. Think about how your random tests might turn out if you organize your question banks by lesson unit, question type, learning objective, or even learner type (e.g., visual, auditory, etc.).

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Import a Test/Quiz


To import a test/quiz from Blackboard 7.1-9.0, Edmastery, or ExamView, follow these steps:

  1. Click Add Question.
  2. Select Import Test/Quiz.
  3. Select to import from Blackboard 7.1-9.0, or from Edmastery. ExamView questions can be imported by first exporting them to the Blackboard format.
  4. Click Next, and select a file from your computer.
  5. Click Import to complete.


Click Settings of the Test/Quiz profile to adjust the following settings:

Instructions: The text you enter here will be accessible while students are taking the test/quiz. Use the Rich Text Editor tools to add multimedia content or attachments to the instructions.Submissions: Specify if students are able to take the test or quiz, and when they have access to it. This is separate from the publishing feature on the test/quiz profile:

  • Enable: Students are able to open and take the test.
  • Enable until: Students can take the test until the date and time you specify in the Until field that displays.
  • Enable from…until: Students can begin the test after the date and time indicated in From and before the date and time in Until.
  • Disable: Students can not take the test.

Note: The default setting for test/quiz availability is Disable. If your students can open the test/quiz but the Start New Attempt button is not available, you may need to switch this setting to one of the Enable options.

Time Limit: Set a time limit for the entire test/quiz.Note: The Time Limit setting does not control setting a time limit for individual questions.

Attempt Limit: Specify a limit to the number of times a student can take the test/quiz.

If students can take it more than once, use the Grade By menu to select how to grade the test/quiz.

  • Randomize Order: Randomizes the order of the questions on each student’s test/quiz, enabling you to give students a different version of the same test/quiz. Selecting Yes ignores page breaks, and students will see one question per page.
  • Paging: A quick way to set one question per page. Or, you can determine where page breaks fall in the test by inserting your own using the Add Question and selecting +Page Break. Then, on the test/quiz Settings page, select Using Page Breaks from the Paging dropdown.
  • Language Keyboard: Select Spanish in this menu to provide a keyboard in the browser that includes Spanish accent marks that students can select while answering short answer and fill-in-the-blank questions.
  • Question Review: If enabled, students can see an overview page at the end of the test/quiz where they can review their answers before submitting.
  • Resumable: Enablesstudents to resume an incomplete submission.
  • View Submissions: Enablesstudents to view their submissions (and whether they answer questions correctly or incorrectly) after submitting the test/quiz.
  • Hide point values: Enablesyou to hide the point value for each question. If you choose to display the point values and enable the View Submissions setting, the total point values display when students view their submissions.

Note: Tests/quizzes save student answers automatically. Tests/quizzes can remain open for a maximum of 6 hours before the session expires. Make sure you tell students to exit the test/quiz and resume it at a later time if the test will take longer than 6 hours to complete.

Preview Test/Quizzes

You can preview the quiz from the Preview area. This feature enables you to check your questions and settings before you make the test available to students.

Grading Tests/Quizzes


Once your students take the quiz, the results are immediately cataloged for you under the Results tab of the quiz. This area enables you to view student submissions by student or by question. Use this in conjunction with View Stats to understand how your students performed on the test.

The default view of the Results tab displays submissions in the View by Student view. If your test/quiz has subjective questions, you must grade the test or test question manually for the student to receive a score.

To grade a test/quiz from the View by Student area:

  1. To grade the overall test, click on the asterisk, and enter a score.
  2. To grade student’s test/quiz submission, click the View Attempts option to the right.
  3. If your test/quiz allows for multiple submissions, each submission displays under the selected student’s name. To view a particular submission, click the gear to the right, and then select View/Edit from the menu.
  4. Enter a score for the subjective question, and adjust other automatically graded questions if needed.
  5. Click Save Changes.
  6. Click different student names to toggle to their submissions.

To grade a test/quiz from the View by Question area, follow these steps:

Unsubmit Attempt

To unsubmit a student attempt from the View by Student area:

  1. Click the View Attempts option next to the student. 
  2. Click the gear icon next to the attempt. 
  3. Select Unsubmit.

Note: Unsubmitting an attempt cannot be undone. If you have deleted an attempt and need to restore it, contact Schoology Support.

View Stats

View Stats provides key statistics for a Test/Quiz including:

  • # Grades: The total number of grades recorded.
  • Max Points: Total points possible for the quiz.
  • Highest Grade: The highest grade achieved.
  • Lowest Grade: The lowest grade achieved.
  • Average: The average for all grades achieved, or the Mean.
  • Standard Deviation: The amount of grade variation.
  • Median: The ‘middle’ grade.
  • Mode: The most common grade.

View Stats includes a graph that visualizes Average and Standard Deviation across the grades for the Test/Quiz.

If this graph does not appear within View Stats, be sure that Flash is enabled within your browser settings. For more information, review: Viewing Flash and HTML5 Content in Google Chrome or contact Schoology Support.

Lexile Details

This table reflects the 50th – 90th percentiles from national student norms for grade(s) K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 at the End of Year (EOY).



50th to 90th Range

EOY – Spring


BR 160L 150L


165L 570L


425L 795L


645L 985L


850L 1160L


950L 1260L


1030L 1340L


1095L 1410L


1155L 1470L


1205L 1520L


1250L 1570L


1295L 1610L


1295L 1610L


Creating Student Portfolios

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Both students and educators need to communicate their achievements and to reflect on what they learn. Portfolios provide them with the ability to quickly and easily collect, organize, and share their work with others.

To access portfolios:

  1. Click your name in the upper right corner and select Your Profile.
  2. Navigate to Portfolios from the left menu under your profile picture.

Note: By default, all Enterprise users have permission to access portfolios. Your System Admin can enable or disable this feature.

System Administrators can enable the permission for users to create Portfolios with the following steps:

  1. Click Tools.
  2. Select User Management.
  3. Click Permissions.
  4. The Portfolios permissions are in the Users area of this page.
  5. Check the box corresponding to the permission Create Portfolios to enable Portfolio creation for the selected roles.

How to Create a Portfolio

  1. Click your name in the upper-right corner of any page in Schoology.
  2. Select Your Profile.
  3. Click Portfolios in the left menu.
  4. Click New Portfolio to add a new portfolio to your account, or click on an existing portfolio on the page to edit it.

Portfolios Page

  1. Click to change the cover image for the portfolio. This is the image that displays for the portfolio on the main Portfolios page.
  2. Click to title the portfolio. Your title displays below the cover image for the portfolio on the main page.
  3. Click “What does this portfolio mean to you?”  to add a description for the portfolio.
    This text displays when you hover over the cover image for the portfolio on the main page.
  4. Click Portfolio Items to open the menu, from which you can select:
    • Assignment Submissions.
    • Files from your computer. You may attach any file type with a size limit of 512mb.
    • Web links.
    • Web pages.

Note: Assignment Submissions that were submitted through the Google Drive Assignments app or OneDrive Assignments app are not supported in Portfolios. Instead, students can export the document and add as a file or add the direct URL shareable link.

See the sections Adding Items to a Portfolio below for more information.

  1. Added items display in the panel below the add button. Click and drag items to re-arrange them in your portfolio.
  2. The timestamp in the upper-right shows when the portfolio was most recently saved. To the right of the timestamp is the Undo button . Click it to undo your most recent action – for example, if you accidentally delete an item from your portfolio, click Undo to add it back.
    Note: The Undo button is a “single-level” function and cannot undo actions previous to the most recent one you completed.
  3. The number below the Undo button shows how many items are in the portfolio. The items number displays in the lower-left corner of the portfolio on the main page.
    This portfolio, for example, contains 12 items.
  4. Click the circle in the lower-right to publish the portfolio and make it viewable for other Schoology users.
    See the section Sharing Your Portfolio below for more information.

Adding Items to a Portfolio

After you add a portfolio, you can begin to build it with content added from your assignments submitted in Schoology, from your computer, from online links, and from web pages created directly in your portfolio.Note: Items housed in your Resources cannot be added to Portfolios.

You can add files from your computer to a portfolio by dragging and dropping one or more files onto the field below the Portfolio Items button. Alternately, you can click Portfolio Items and then:

  • To add Schoology assignments you’ve previously submitted in a course:
  1. Click Assignment Submissions.
  2. Select the course in which you submitted the assignment.
  3. Select the course in the list and then click Add Submission.

    You can also submit an assignment to a portfolio from the assignment itself by clicking the Submit to Portfolio button  in the Submissions area on the right side of the page.

Note: Assignment Submissions that were submitted through the Google Drive Assignments app or OneDrive Assignments app are not supported in Portfolios. Instead, students can export the document and add as a file or add the direct URL shareable link using the instructions below.

  • To add files from your computer:
  1. Click File and browse to the location where you’ve saved the content.
  2. To add the file, highlight and then click Open, or just double-click it.
    The portfolio item automatically takes the filename as its title, but you can edit the title by clicking into the text box.
  • To add web links:
  1. Click Link/URL to open the Add a Link window.
  2. Paste a URL to add a web page.
  3. Paste a video embed code to add an embedded video—for example from YouTube or Vimeo.
    The portfolio item automatically takes the webpage or embedded video’s name as its title, but you can edit the title by clicking into the text box.
  • To add a web page:
  1. Click Page.
  2. Enter a Title and Description for the page.
  3. Use the Rich Text Editor to design a page within your portfolio.
    Use the Insert Content tool to add multimedia, links, items from your Schoology Resource Apps, and more to your Page. Click here for more information on the Insert Content tool.
  4. As you build your web page, click the Preview button in the upper-right, above the Rich Text Editor, to see how the page will look when published.

Note: Your Portfolio automatically saves once you have completed an upload, or once you have finished typing and clicked your cursor out of the text field. However, note that if you are experiencing poor Internet connectivity, auto-save may not function correctly. Check the auto-save timestamp in the upper right of your Portfolio item to ensure it is saving as you work.

Editing Items in a Portfolio

After you’ve added items to your portfolio, click on the content card to open it and add details or make changes.

  1. Click on any level in the breadcrumbs to return to that area. For example, click on Portfolios to return to your main Portfolios page, or click on College Admission Samples to return to that portfolio.
  2. Click to change the cover image for the portfolio item. This is the image that displays for the item on the main Portfolios page.
  3. Click to title the item. Your title displays below the cover image for the item on the main page.
  4. Click to add an item description. The description displays when you hover over the cover image for the item on the main page.
  5. The item’s full page view display is how the item looks in your portfolio after you publish it.
  6. Portfolio items also have a time stamp showing when your portfolio was last saved and an Undo button to undo your most recent action.
  7. Replace button is also in the toolbar to change files you’ve added to your portfolio.
    To replace a link you’ve added, highlight the link in the URL text box below the description and paste in the new link.
  8. Use the arrows on either margin to browse through the other items in your portfolio.

Sharing Your Portfolio

From a Portfolio’s More Options menu  you can generate a private link that enables anyone to view your portfolio even if they are not logged into Schoology (or don’t have a Schoology account). For example, if you have a Portfolio for a college admissions application, you can generate a link to share with admissions counselors.

You can also download a ZIP archive of your portfolio, so you can still access your work and materials from your local computer (if you don’t have an internet connection for example) or if you no longer have access to your Schoology account.

Sharing Your Portfolio from a Private Link

You can share your Portfolio using a private link that will allow the recipient to view your portfolio even if they are not logged into Schoology (or don’t have a Schoology account).

To generate a private link for your Portfolio:

  1. Go to your personal profile.
  2. Click Portfolios on the left side of your profile.
  3. Click the lower-right corner of your profile cover.
  4. Select Share Portfolio.

Use Command + C (Mac) or CTRL + C (Windows) to copy the link to your clipboard, and paste into a Schoology Message or email to send to the recipient.Note: Anyone with the link will be able to view your portfolio, even if your portfolio is Unpublished, and regardless of the privacy settings on your personal profile and/or whether or not they are logged into Schoology. The link overrides all privacy settings configured at the system or account level.

You may reset the URL that points to your portfolio to prevent anyone who previously held the link from continuing to access your Portfolio.

To reset your private link:

  1. Go to your personal profile.
  2. Click Portfolios on the left side of your profile.
  3. Click the lower-right corner of your profile cover.
  4. Select Share Portfolio.
  5. Click Reset Link.

Sharing Your Portfolio from Your Personal Profile

The System Admin at your school manages the privacy settings for your personal profile, which includes your portfolios. Depending on how your Admin configures these settings, your published portfolios may be viewable by:

  • Everyone: Anyone who has the URL may view the portfolio.
  • Schoology users: Anyone with a Schoology account may view the portfolio.
  • District: Any Schoology user in your district may view the portfolio.
  • School: Any Schoology user in your school may view the portfolio.
  • Connections: Only Schoology users to whom you’re connected may view the portfolio.
  • No One: No other Schoology users may view the portfolio.

These settings affect who can view your portfolios by navigating to your personal profile and clicking Portfolios on the left menu. You may also choose to further restrict the sharing permissions for your Portfolios. For example, if your admin has set portfolio-sharing permissions to District, you may choose to adjust your own settings to School, Connections, or No one.Note: These settings apply to all of your portfolios. You can not choose different privacy settings for different portfolios.

To change your sharing permissions:

  1. Click the arrow next to your name in the upper-right corner of any page in Schoology.
  2. Select Privacy from the list.
  3. In the Portfolios row, check the box for the group with whom you want to share your published portfolios. You can only select columns at or below the sharing permissions set by your System Admin.
  4. Click Save Changes to update your settings.

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Exporting Your Portfolio

Instructors and students can export their Schoology Portfolios as ZIP files so they can archive their work and continue to access it even if they no longer have access to their Schoology accounts.

From the More Options menu, select Export to ZIP to download a copy of your portfolio that you can access from your computer even if you don’t have an internet connection, or if you no longer have access to your Schoology account.

The export process may take some time to complete; you can monitor its progress by hovering your mouse over the down arrow.

Download in processDownload complete

Unpack the ZIP file and click the Index.html link from the root folder to open a webpage with all the items in your portfolio listed. Click any item in the list to open that item in a new page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I organize my portfolio into sub-folders?

A: Although you cannot currently organize Schoology portfolios into sub-folders, you can create as many portfolios as necessary and organize them on your main Portfolios page.

You can review all your portfolios at a glance and quickly re-arrange them by drag-and-drop functionality.

Q: Why is the content of a web page I added to my portfolio not displaying?

A: Content from some popular web sites – including Wikipedia and – may be blocked in your portfolio due to perceived security risks from your web browser.

If this happens, when you open the link in your portfolio the contents of the web page will not display in the item pane. Different browsers indicate this issue in different ways; Chrome and Firefox, for example, display a gray shield icon in the URL field, while Internet Explorer shows a lock icon.

To display the content in the item pane, click the icon for your browser and follow the instructions. Review this article for more information.

If your content still doesn’t display in the pane, Schoology provides an “open in” icon in the link pane .

Click the icon to view the web page in a separate tab in your web browser.

Q: How do I view someone else’s portfolio?

A: To view another user’s published portfolio, go to their personal profile page and click Portfolio in the left menu. You will be able to see all of their portfolios that are published and shared at a level at which you have access.

To send a message about the portfolio to its owner, click Send Feedback in the upper-right corner. A System Admin for your school manages the messaging permissions for your profile; review this article for more information on sending messages to other Schoology users.

How to recover lost grades and students

Moving Student Grades from One Section to Another (Enterprise) – Schoology Support

Overview. Changes to student enrollments are common both at the beginning of a course’s grading period and throughout the course life cycle. When students move from one section to another, instructors and system administrators may need to recover their grades from the previous section and move them to the new one.

How to keep students from taking control of TEAMS meetings

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Meeting policy settings – Designated presenter role mode

This is a per-user policy. This setting lets you change the default value of the Who can present? setting in Meeting options in the Teams client. This policy setting affects all meetings, including Meet Now meetings.

The Who can present? setting lets meeting organizers choose who can be presenters in a meeting. To learn more, see Change participant settings for a Teams meeting and Roles in a Teams meeting.

Currently, you can only use PowerShell to configure this policy setting. You can edit an existing Teams meeting policy by using the Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy cmdlet. Or, create a new Teams meeting policy by using the New-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy cmdlet and assign it to users.

To specify the default value of the Who can present? setting in Teams, set the DesignatedPresenterRoleMode parameter to one of the following:

  • EveryoneUserOverride: All meeting participants can be presenters. This is the default value. This parameter corresponds to the Everyone setting in Teams.
  • EveryoneInCompanyUserOverride: Authenticated users in the organization, including guest users, can be presenters. This parameter corresponds to the People in my organization setting in Teams.
  • EveryoneInSameAndFederatedCompanyUserOverride: Authenticated users in the organization, including guest users and users from federated organizations, can be presenters. This parameter corresponds to the People in my organization and trusted organizations setting in Teams.
  • OrganizerOnlyUserOverride: Only the meeting organizer can be a presenter and all meeting participants are designated as attendees. This parameter corresponds to the Only me setting in Teams.
Teams meetings: Presenter and attendee rolesBY  LINUS CANSBY · In Teams meetings everybody are Presenters. With the presenter role you can mute others kick them out from the meeting or take over the meeting and start presenting. In larger meetings this can be a bit problematic. But now with a new feature you can select who should be a presenter and should be attendee, this is controlled from Meeting Options for your meeting. Earlier you were only able to control who could bypass the lobby in Meeting Options, read more about it here.

Roll out starts: mid-November
Roll out completed: Late November

When you schedule your meeting in Outlook you have the option “Meeting Options”, click on that link while holding CTRL-button.

From Teams calendar you can also select Meeting options, but you have to send the meeting first. It is after you sent away the meeting invite you can see Meeting Options in the meeting.

Here you can select who should be a presenter (Who can present?).

  • Everyone (default) – This is the option that will be selected if you don’t change anything. Everyone in the meeting will be a presenter when they join.
  • People in my organization – People in the same Office 365 tenant as you will be presenters when they join the meeting
  • Specific people – Select who should be a presenter. You have to send the invite util you can select other presenters.
  • Only me – The egoistic choice but maybe the easiest.

Specific People

To select specific people send your invite first, then select the meeting options link. You can only select people from your organisation, not external attendees.

  1. Select Specific People in the “Who can present”-dropdown (1).
  2. Search for a participant (have to be invited to the meeting first (2). Or:
  3. Use the drop down to select one or many presenters.

Change in an active meeting

If you have an active meeting and what to change a presenter to an attendee role instead first click on the People button.

Update You can reach Meeting Options from the People pane, click on the Manage permissions button and a web browser will open with Meeting Options. This is useful if you start a meeting with “Meet now”.

Manage permissions is now available in active meetings

In the People pane select select More options (…) next to the person you want to make an attendee, then select Make an attendee. You will get an warning first, select Change on that to perform the change.

Roles in a meeting

Capability Organizer Presenter Attendee
Speak and share video checkmark checkmark checkmark
Participate in meeting chat checkmark checkmark checkmark
Share content checkmark checkmark
Privately view a PowerPoint file shared by someone else checkmark checkmark checkmark
Take control of someone else’s PowerPoint presentation checkmark checkmark
Mute other participants checkmark checkmark
Remove participants checkmark checkmark
Admit people from the lobby checkmark checkmark
Change the roles of other participants checkmark checkmark
Start or stop recording checkmark checkmark
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Schoology Video Series & Discussion Support

4 Part Video series, Bus video,

Click the link below to access the 4 part Video Series on Learning About Schoology and Online Learning.


Read the article below in its entirety to understand how to create, manage and grade Discussions in your Schoology Courses, or use the links below to jump to specific topics:

Creating Discussions

You can create an interactive Discussion for your students. Each Discussion has threaded commenting that allows students to respond to any post by another student. These comments can also be moderated, which will require a Course Admin (the teacher) to approve each post before it is published. Deleted posts will are listed under Moderate Posts in the Course Options in the left column of the Course Profile.

To create a discussion, follow these steps:

  1. Click Add Materials 
  2. Select Add Discussion.
  3. Fill out the Discussion form.
    • Enter a Description (optional instructions for the Discussion).
    • To have the Discussion appear in the Upcoming feed, enter a Due Date. If you do not enter a Due Date, the Discussion will remain accessible in the Discussions index or Course Folder.
    • To make the Discussion a graded item, check Enable Grading and adjust the grading preferences.
  4. Options
    • Use Individually Assign (Enterprise only)to only display the discussion to a specific member of a course or a grading group.
    • Add Learning Objectives to add a custom learning objective, common core, or state standard. Once you have aligned your material with learning objectives, use the Mastery tool to track your students’ progress.
    • Lock prevents students from posting in the discussion. You may want to lock the discussion after the due date has passed.
    • Published enables you to display or hide the discussion from your students.
    • Members can see other responses before participating: You can decide if students are able to see their peers’ responses before they post. If this is enabled, the other students’ posts will be greyed out:

      You may choose this option to encourage originality in your students’ posts.
    • Shared Discussion: Enables sharing the discussion with other courses. Shared discussions cannot be graded.
    • Copy to Course: Click this to simultaneously create this discussion in another section you administer
  5. Click Create to complete.

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

Sharing Discussions

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You can share your ungraded discussion with other courses. This option is located in the Advanced options at the bottom of the popup window when creating a discussion.

Sharing the discussion will give the discussion a ShareID that other instructors can use to join their classes into the same discussion. You can also automatically share the discussion with your courses and sections.

Limitations of Shared Discussions:

  • If you do not see the option to share the discussion under Advanced, it is likely that Grading is enabled. Graded discussions cannot be shared with other courses.
  • You cannot share discussions after they have been created.
  • Shared discussions are not available across linked sections.

Reading Discussion Posts

Course admins and students see the discussion toolbar, which floats at the top of the discussion as you scroll through the posts. 

The toolbar includes the following tools:

Post Count and Unread Posts

The Post Count displays the total number of posts and replies on the discussion. The Unread Posts displays the number of posts and replies that have been added since you last loaded the page.Note: Openinga discussion on the mobile app does not affect the Unread Posts count. Posts that you read while logged into the Schoology mobile app will still be marked as unread the next time you log in to the web version. 

Unread Posts are highlighted in orange on the right side of the post, such as in the example below:

Expand All and Collapse All

On very long discussions, you may find it useful to use Collapse All to make the page easier to scan and to find posts more quickly. Clicking Collapse All truncates all posts and hides all replies to each post. 

To expand the text on a particular post, click Read More next to where the post is truncated. 

To show the replies on a particular post, click View Replies below the post.

To display all posts and all replies, click Expand All

Scroll to Top

When you are finished reading the latest posts by your students, you can quickly jump back to the top of the discussion in one click by clicking the Scroll to Top icon in the toolbar:

Formatting Posts

Sometimes, students opt to draft their discussion posts in another program — such as Microsoft Word or another text editor — and then copy and paste the response into the Schoology discussions post field. Copying and pasting can sometimes bring in unwanted formatting from another program. If this happens, encourage your students to use the new Remove Formatting button in the post field.

Grading Discussion Posts

Highlight User

Click Highlight User to filter posts by author. Clicking Highlight User displays a list of members in the course, accompanied by the number of posts each member has contributed to this discussion. The total posts appear in green, and the number of posts you have not yet read appears in orange. Students who have not yet posted to the discussion appear at the bottom of the drop-down menu under Not Submitted.

Selecting a student from the drop-down menu highlights all of the posts that student has created in this discussion, allowing you to see all of the discussion posts by a particular student at a glance.

Unread Posts

Discussions are one of the most dynamic course material types on Schoology. To help you stay organized and keep track of the posts you haven’t seen yet while grading students’ posts to a discussion, you can now see the number of unread posts on a discussion right from the Course Materials page. The number of unread posts appears in orange next to the discussion’s title.

Administering Discussions

Course Admins have a star icon next to their names on discussion posts. This helps students see at a glance which posts may be directions or feedback from the instructor, and which are from their fellow students.

To delete or edit students’ posts:

  1. Hover to the far right of the post and click the three vertical dots.
  2. Click Edit or Delete.
  3. Click Delete to confirm or enter your change and click Save Changes


Students who have not yet received a grade for the discussion have the grading button and orange indicator next to their post.

Clicking the grading button brings up the grading window, where you are able to enter a grade and a comment for the student. This grade applies to all of the students’ posts on the discussion, not just the one you have selected.