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Instructional Design: Schoology

This guide serves faculty, staff, and students in improving and supporting instruction and learning in various learning environments (e.g., face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online). This represents our effort to share our knowledge with you.

Schoology, Our New LMS


In the summer of 2016, the Ed Tech Committee vetted several learning management systems (LMS). Schoology was eventually adopted. Since then, the Library and Instructional Resource Services (LIRS) department has been busy learning the LMS and training others. These are the 10 master trainers: Dwight, Maura, Bret, Lauren J., Terry, Daniel, Royce, Allyn, April, and Sandra. Fall 2016 was our pilot-study with Schoology with our Early Adopters. We've trained 61 instructors and 16 staff on the full use of Schoology. We also trained 18 instructors on the use of Schoology as a communication and/or repository tool for web-enhancement. We trained 22 student LEAP Leaders in 2016; the LEAP Leaders trained all incoming Freshmen. We also introduce incoming Freshmen to Schoology at BadgerConnection.

View the SHC LMS Quest Website for complete details on the implementation and training processes. We continue to provide training for the 2-and-a-half hour Schoology 101: The Basics for full usage and have added specific training such as the Advanced Gradebook. If you only need to use it as a repository and/or basic communication, then come to the first hour of Basic training. Training is highly recommended prior to use. If you already received training and haven't provided us with an evaluation, please take a moment to do so here. 

Providing Accommodations in Schoology


In Schoology, instructors can assign assignments or tests to individuals when they create them. Otherwise, reuse existing assignment or test by saving it to Personal Resources in Schoology. Then bring it back into your course as a new test with a different name. We suggest naming it with "Extended Time" in the title, so students know they're receiving the recommended time. Next, go to test settings and add the prescribed accommodations. Warning: Don't reassign the mainstream test to an individual in Schoology, as it will disappear the test scores of the other students. Instead, instructors should make a separate assignment or test for the student(s) that need accommodations. See image below to locate the option for individual assignment of test to a student when editing the overall test from the settings wheel. For more information, contact Sandra Rogers (x4480).

Option to assign test to individual has 3 dots in the shape of a pyramid

Respondus, Test Migration Software


Spring Hill College (SHC) purchased a campus-wide license for the Respondus software. It’s a Windows application that helps you upload your tests or surveys or your textbook publisher's test bank to your online courses. This will save you from having to create tests questions one-by-one in Schoology.

Download the software on your computer (PC only) or use it on the computer workstations in BL112. Locate the software and password for installation on the Schoology SHC page in the folder titled, Test Migration Software. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Rogers ( for one-on-one support. She created a video tutorial of the entire process of using Respondus for test migration from where to find the software to installation to formatting your tests for upload to Respondus and then migrating it to Schoology. It's titled Respondus Video Tutorial for Migrating Tests into Schoology.

Use this Respondus workaround to transfer your paper-based quizzes into Schoology. You can also transfer your quizzes from other learning management systems (e.g., eCollege, Blackboard, D2L) into Schoology. Watch this video tutorial on how to migrate tests from eCollege to Respondus and then upload to Schoology.

Learn how to use the Respondus Test Bank Network to transfer your textbook publisher's tests into Schoology courses. 

Note.The alternative to Respondus, albeit basic, is the Blackboard Test Generator. See more information listed below.

Blackboard Test Generator


The Blackboard Test Generator can be used to convert your electronic file tests (i.e., MS Word or Text) into Schoology test questions.  This will save you time from having to build a test online one question at a time if you already have it prepared. The limitation to this free software is that it does not convert images; you would need to add those afterward within Schoology. Respondus software is a full test conversion software for migration. (See information listed above.)
Go to this College website and copy-and-paste your test to convert it into a zip file that can be uploaded into Schoology. The directions on the Website are fairly straightforward.  After you convert the text, you'll obtain a bbquiz zip file.  Follow these steps after you log in to your Schoology course to upload the test:
  1. Create a blank test in Schoology.  
  2. Select Add Question.  
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Import Test/Quiz. Select Blackboard 7.1-9.0 button for import type.  Locate your bbquiz zip file for import from your computer.
  4. Then you'll need to provide test settings.
  5. Save!

BigBlueButton Webinar Tool Within Schoology

BigBlueButton Webinar Information for Students

Student View of Schoology Course & Interface

Schoology Student Guide

Some students and instructors will be using the new learning management system, Schoology. We hope this Student Guide will help you.  

Login Information for Spring Hill College Students

  • Go to This will take you to your school Gmail. (Bookmark link for future reference.)
  • Log in with your school Gmail login credentials.
  • Select your class from the Courses drop-down menu.  If you are registered for their course, there is no need for an access code.
  • For Groups, select the drop-down menu and provide your access code.
  • Log out by selecting it in the drop-down menu (Logout) near your name.

***Login Information for University of South Alabama Students

Set-up Profile & Notifications

  • Select your name to add your photo and info.  Hover over the default image to edit.
  • The drop-down menu beside your name will allow you to set your Notifications, Account Settings, and Privacy.

Seek Help

  • Select the question mark (?) in the top right corner to access the Schoology Support Center tutorials.
  • At the top, Submit a Request to Schoology if you encounter an error message or other glitches (bug).
  • Contact the Spring Hill College (SHC) to open a ticket for technical issues in the course.
  • For all regular registration issues, contact the Registrar’s Office at It will take up to 12-hours for your course(s) to populate in your Schoology account after registration---it's not automatic.

Mobile App

  • Google Play free Android app for Schoology
  • iTunes free Apple iOS app for Schoology

Google Apps for Education

  • You can access your SHC Google Drive in Schoology when submitting assignments and posting discussions. Be careful when deleting documents from Google Drive from within Schoology, as this will delete it from your actual Drive account. 
  • Go to the Resources tab and select Apps from the drop-down menu. Select Google Drive, YouTube, and others of interest.  

Sample Student and Teacher Expectations for Online Courses

Faculty and Students:

These are some best practices that an online instructor can use. Ask your instructor about their expectations and protocol.

What you can expect from your Instructor:

  • I’ll reply to your posts within 24-48 hours except during holidays or weekends.
  • I’ll provide clear and concise instructions and exercises for you to follow.
  • I’ll monitor discussions to clarify students’ postings, highlight good or interesting comments and ideas, and provide insight.
  • I’ll provide the necessary components of successful interaction: explanation, demonstration, practice, feedback, and assessment.
  • I’ll provide a range of practice opportunities–from self-corrected multiple-choice items to free form expression on a concept.
  • I’ll provide meta-cognitive, cognitive, and social strategies for instruction.
  • I know the platform you're using very thoroughly so that I can anticipate and make good guesses about the origins of any problems you’re likely to have and some answers for them.

What I expect from my Students:

  • You’ll learn what the minimum technical requirements of the course include. View the student orientation tutorial for this learning management system (Schoology) before getting started. Read the information in the Help tab (online manual) to learn how to use a tool. Seek other training services for basic computer and word processing skills.
  • Your discussion posts will be consequential and full of content! For example, simply responding “me too,” or “thanks,” does not include content. Use good grammar and spelling when posting online. 
  • You’ll follow the rules of Netiquette. For example, no bullying online.
  • You’ll complete all required tasks in a timely manner. Be proactive with a backup plan in case you're unable to access the Internet in your regular place of study.
  • You’ll preplan for testing situations to ensure uninterrupted span of time. For example, you won’t be able to access the Internet in remote locations like on a cruise.
  • Don't plagiarize the work of others and claim it as your own. Cite your sources using the style guide required for your field of study (e.g., American Psychological Association’s manual). Make sure you use the latest edition.

Protocol for Technical Issues:

  • First, make sure it’s not a browser issue (e.g., Google Chrome), and try a different browser to see if this resolves the issue. If so, then you either need to update your regular browser or clear its history/cookies/cache.
  • If after updating your browser, or other browser do not work, make sure it's not your computer. Try logging in from a different computer to see if you receive the same error message.
  • Read log error messages and record specifics of problems and forward this to the tech support and instructor. Take a screenshot if possible to illustrate the exact problem.
  • Remember that your peers can help you, too!
  • Last, after someone (or you) fixes the problem, make sure you refresh the Web page, as the system will remember the exact same page you were looking at the last time you logged in.

Advanced Schoology Gradebook Training

Schoology How-to Guides

Schoology Intergration with LTI Apps

Schoology's App Center offers numerous software applications (apps) that meet learning tools interoperability (LTI) standards. This means that the apps offered will seamlessly integrate within your Schoology course as a standalone component. Benefits include single sign-on and the integration with the Schoology Gradebook. View the list available in the App Center on the Schoology Homepage. For example, if you use Cengage learning products, they have the Cengage LMS Integration app.

Perhaps you'd like to reuse open educational resources (OER) in your course. If so, Schoology's App Center offers the OER Commons and MERLOT resources that you can integrate into your courses, as they have share licensing. For these, you need to create an account with the third party (e.g., MERLOT or Cengage Learning) and obtain an access key. Contact Sandra Rogers (x4480) for more information.


Back to Schoology: Part 1 Organize Course Materials

Back to Schoology: Part 2 Discussions

Back to Schoology: Part 3 Embed Images

Back to Schoology: Part 4 Grades

Tips for Blended (Hybrid) Course

The three most important things to remember when transitioning a regular face-to-face class (F2F) to that of a blended format are as follows:
1. Establish a clear schedule that explicitly outlines the activities to be conducted according to your blended format.
2. Revisit each of your F2F lessons and assignments to decide which ones are 
compatible with the online format and adapt them accordingly.
3. Apply many of the same basic principles for engendering a community of inquiry in your F2F to that of the blended format.

Blended format schedule. It’s imperative to state which activities will happen in the F2F class and asynchronously online; otherwise, students will become confused and miss F2F class meetings other activities. Educators should provide students a paper schedule and also add the important dates to the online course calendar. Additionally, special reminders can be shared via the online course announcements tool. This schedule should also be appended to the course syllabus. I suggest placing the dates of the F2F class meetings in the heading of the syllabus instead of buried within the other information.

Adaptation of lessons. Review all of your lessons with a new lens for the blended format. Make a t-chart of which lessons are suitable for the F2F and online learning environments. Then build a new schedule. It will serve as a nice outline for the course. You may have to modify, add, or remove existing activities and lessons to adequately fit the blended format. For example, I like to conduct a mock and formal debate. In the past, I taught the reading course in a Web-enhanced format. In designing my project for the blended format, I realized that I could conduct the mock debate via the Sakai Meetings tool and keep the formal debate F2F. Lastly, make sure you edit all your existing assignments tied to lessons to reflect the updates.

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