Your Home Page is the first place you'll land every time you log in to Schoology. Every aspect of the platform can be accessed directly from this location. Your Home Page is where you'll be briefed on all the events that have taken place while you were logged off. It also keeps you organized by showing important events.
The Recent Activity feed is the majority of the home page screen, featured on the left. This feed shows all the comments, updates, and events pertaining to your connections, courses, and groups.
You can post Updates, Polls, Assignments, Events, or Blog Posts directly from your Recent Activity area by using the buttons located along the top of the Recent Activity Feed. You can also choose where in Schoology the post is visible (and essentially who is allowed to view the post).
Finally, you can filter the Recent Activity Feed by clicking the dropdown menu (labeled as Most Recent) on the right side of the center column.
This tab of the home page shows an icon list of the courses that you are a member of, whether that is as an administrator or not. If you are an administrator of the course, you will see a shield icon with a star in the middle next to the course name.
These courses can also be accessed from the Courses button at the top left, which will open a drop down menu of the courses you belong to. Finally, you can rearrange the order of your courses here by clicking and dragging the icons.
The Schoology Calendar is an important, organizational element regarding your connections, courses, and groups. It keeps events and due dates organized and easily accessible from the right column. By clicking on the Calendar icon at the top of your home page, you can view events and due dates by the Month, Week, or Day. Each item is color-coded depending on the affiliation to which it pertains (Courses, Groups, School, or Personal).
You can send personal messages to members of your school and outside connections using the Messages area of your Home Page. To send a message, follow these steps:
- Select the Messages area in the left column of your Home Page.
- Click the +New Message button.
- Fill out the pop-up form.
- Attach a File, Link, or Resource (optional).
- Click Send to complete.
By using the Sent Messages tab in upper middle part of the page, you can also view a history of sent messages.
The Reminders area appears in the right column of your Home Page when students of a course submit an assignment, a quiz, or a discussion post that needs to be graded. To view the item:
- Click on the type of item you'd like to grade: Assignment dropbox submissions, Test/quiz submissions, or Discussion posts
- Click on the name of the item you'd like to grade.
- There will be a blue dot next to students and submissions that require grading.
- Add a grade by clicking into each user's submission or post.
In the right column of your home page, you'll see a running list of upcoming events, assignments, test/quizes etc. for your courses, arranged chronologically by due date and time from the closest due date on. This list will update as you refresh the page, and display up to ten items.