Schoology is a cloud-based learning management solution specializing in curriculum management, course instruction and system-wide resource sharing and collaboration.
Users can upload course content and assignments into the database to create their website, which is hosted by the vendor. From there, dynamic content creation tools and a rich text editor allows for the creation of content and lessons.
HTML and CSS tools are also available to keep lessons as visually simple or complex as desired. From the website, each student’s profile can be viewed to gauge progress. Color-coded workload thresholds will show if any students are overloaded.
With web-based and native apps for iOS, Android and Kindle devices, Schoology allows students and faculty to collaborate and learn from anywhere. From system-wide district announcements to messages with customizable roles and permissions, users can access only the tools they need.
Other capabilities include third-party software integration, student performance tracking, a system-wide grading scale setup, audio and video recording and advanced analytics and reporting.
Schoology is free to educators in K-12 public and private schools, colleges and universities worldwide. An enterprise version is also available, with pricing varying per implementation.
Rebecca from Brandon Valley High School
Employees number: 51-200 employees
I love that Schoology allows me to run my classroom from one location without having to direct students to a ton of different websites. I can link and embed pretty much everything and customize contents to fit my classroom style and procedures.
I wish I could access more features. My school's administration has been against purchasing the paid version, and although the free version is powerful, there are many things I would really love to use within the paid version.
Ryan from Archdiocese of Louisville
Employees number: 51-200 employees
This product helps me create and save curriculum from for the future with ease. I love that!
Schoology is the principle tool for me to organize my class curriculum and communicate it to my students 24/7.
When I double click a line of text it automatically modifies the next line as well (irritating). The way to avoid this is to manually highlight up to the end of the last word instead of the double click option.
Jesse from Kuna School District
Specialty: Software / Technology
Employees number: 201-500 employees
Great system for allowing a web-based system to allow for students/teachers/parents to stay connected. Students can submit their homework, tests and all assignments thru the system. Can allow for great group conversation amongst teachers and students. Parents can check grades and performance via site or application.
The ability to link accounts for staff members to their parent accounts doesn't work correctly with the application. Support can also be delayed response in getting questions answered.
Ranjit from AMD
Employees number: 10,000+ employees
Schoology is great, it provides a solid platform for students and teachers to connect with each other. I am a huge fan of better communication because 91.5% of issues are communication related. Schoology aims to solve this.
Charles from International House of Prayer University
Everything in my course is done through schoology - from course notes to blogs to paper submissions to grading with comments to class rosters and on and on. The interface in setting up the course is exceptionally easy and user friendly.
It is hard to get stuff set up so that students cannot use the 'Find' function to locate information on their open note quizzes and tests.
Students find this program easy to use. It is also easy to make comments on students' papers, almost too easy. The learning curve to use this product is relatively quick.
Andy from International House of Prayer University
Great way to manage class, assignments, interaction and grades. Students, faculty and TAs can all be on the same page
real-time conversation/ chatting tools is missing. I like everything else about it.
find a person who can put together a training video
Gabrielle from International House of Prayer University
Schoology is likable to other social media platforms, in the sense that its easy and familiar to use/navigate, but unique in its focus on education. I like that schedules, assignments, and grading are all easy to navigate.
I find uploading graphics/ videos aren't as simple as they could be. Schoology could also probably use a remodel soon as far as the overall look goes.
If your course uses a lot of videos/ photos/ graphics, Schoology is a little impractical. It's strength lies in text/ written assignments, discussions, etc.
Kyle from International House of Prayer University (Online)
Schoology offers both a free and enterprise (paid) version. Our school of 600 has been using the free version for 3 years and it is still working great! In talking with a Schoology rep, they mentioned that 80% of the functionality of Schoology is available for free. After going through the Schoology Enterprise demo, I would agree. The main things the free version lacks is in the area of custom branding, administrative permissions, high level analytics, video conferencing, various integrations, and open APIs. Each of our instructors sets up their own course and students can log in and take our courses from anywhere they have Internet. We have used Schoology in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. The free iPhone, iPad, and Android apps works great.
The site occasionally cuts out due to maintenance and does not automatically refresh.
I recommend evaluating different LMS's on the basis of four things: 1) faculty ease of use, 2) student engagement and ease of use, and 3) administrative permissions and analytic data, and 4) IT integrations with a student information system (SIS).
William from Lancaster Bible College
As a vendor, Schoology is top notch. I feel like the crew there is an extension of my immediate work group. Everyone at Support, our Account Manager, and especially their PD team are friendly and professional. I follow many of them on Twitter and we share ideas and thoughts on the product. I'm thankful for their responsiveness and their authenticity about not being able to do everything at all times, but to hear all concerns and appropriately triage them for the product's future.
The product is very clean and straightforward. I am a system administrator for our institution, so I am always poking around in the nitty gritty. I may be the sole user at our institution that uses as many aspects of Schoology as I do. From course level settings, to groups, to system wide, I am all over the product and I heartily give my approval. I can navigate through the product with ease and can easily lead others in doing the same. I support our faculty and students on using the product, so it's great to know when I point them to a feature that it will always look and operate the same. I might say that is the BEST part of the product: the uniformity. We previously used Moodle, and our setup was not uniform. Thankfully, Schoology is.
The product is young and still catered towards the K12 environment. The language, the features, and the community of users are primarily K12. While that's not a big deal, it can often make community events or new features irrelevant to the higher ed environment.
The only other downside is that there are not many settings for students with special needs. It is often clunky to create workarounds to accommodate students who need more time in quizzes or struggle to access media content.
Communicate, question, appreciate.
I overcommunicate and it's well received. Schoology values email correspondence and timeliness, so I know that if I have a need or situation that I can email and expect a response. I've even, in a crisis, had the privilege of exchanging personal numbers with my previous Account Manager so that I could connect with him throughout the situation and get real time updates. As a result of that, our emergency was handled in less than 24 hours.
As I communicate, I ask a lot of questions. About the future of the product, about how things work internally, about how to use Schoology to its greatest potential. All of my questions are graciously answered and respected. I am never turned away and get results.
Lastly, I make sure to always tell them how much I appreciate the work they are doing! We are using their product for our institution. I know what it means to have my work appreciated, so I try to treat the vendor according to the Golden Rule.
Following these three steps has made our relationship with Schoology really healthy and provided us a consistently professional and excellent experience.
Kellie from Cherry Creek Schools
We've used several vendors for our Learning Management System (LMS), and Schoology has the most user-friendly and intuitive interface. As a vendor, they are very responsive to the needs of their users, from teachers to students to parents. The parent communication portion is also much better than other LMS's we've used.
I think the calendar feature needs some updating. This is a relatively minor point and can be worked around, but I would like to see the ability to have a live ics feed imported into the existing calendars in Schoology as many districts or schools already have calendars in place that should be easier to integrate.
I would recommend having users from varied experience levels and grade levels be included in the evaluation phase, if you are looking at a solution for multiple grade level bands that will be adopted readily by people with different levels of comfort using technology. In our case, we wanted a solution that could be readily adopted by all users and was flexible for different grade levels (K-12), so it was important to have those voices represented.
Jaime from North Lakes Academy
Still learning about it, but like that it keeps everything in one spot - assignments, updates, calendars, etc. Easy for communication to many students.
The learning process - no easy steps or outlines to help...like setting up tests. Big learning curve as to how to create them. And explanations are confusing. Easy step by step process would help for each type of question, etc.
Practice as often as you can with the feature that you will use most, but get comfortable using all features as they are very important to evolve the teacher & make grading and feedback easier for a teacher.
Benjamin from North Lakes Academy
It allows all of our classes to operate on the same platform which is nice for the students.
While it is intuitive in many ways, there are so many ways to use it to organize information for classes sometimes students get lost.
Consider how your classes are set up and if you will be having the same students in the same classes consecutive semesters or if you will want to set up courses per semester. This has been a frustration for me as a teacher.
Kristi from Minneapolis Public Schools
This product was very user friendly for both teachers and students.
It would have been nice to incorporate more functionality with turning in and grading student work.
Look for ease of use and accessibility. Look for multiple platforms for discussion and sharing responses with others. Students should be able to see responses of the instructor and the other students in real time. Also look for methods of submitting and evaluating student work.
Melody from North Lakes Academy
It keeps families and students up to date/informed of assignments.
Teacher use of the product is sometimes inconsistent, which causes confusion to parents/students and support staff.
Be honest when providing feedback so the vendor can make meaningful updates/improvements.
Chris from Lancaster Bible College
What I like best about this LMS is three-fold. First, it is super mobile-friendly, and has an excellent app for all OS's. Second is that Schoology is intuitive. Our students and faculty have no problem learning and navigating the software. And third, the LMS is built for design! Our instructional designers can focus on working the the SMEs to design extraordinary courses and not ahve to work about being HTML experts.
What I like best about the vendor is their high level of personalized service.
Its not really a "least," but Schoology was born in the K-12 world and functionality for higher ed is not as strong as it could be. But we have been thrilled with their responsiveness in incorporating our design suggestions.
Make sure you know what you want in an LMS. While Schoology is extremely flexible and intuitive, it is not a "one size fits all answer." Make sure you know what you are looking for. Fortunately they have a free version for teachers to create courses at no cost or obligation, so you can experiment and explore most of the functionality that is available to the enterprise version. They also have a great deal of support material on their website, so learning how to create courses is a snap!
Paul from North Lakes Academy
The ease at which you can post files, documents, and import tests.
Can create tests of different varieties such as MC, Essay, Fill in the Space.
You can hide any folders and items within a couple clicks.
Able to move much of what existed on paper into a digital format.
Can't do mass deletion of members. Have to go through and delete members one person at a time.
There are multiple tools at your disposal for posting assignments, creating different types of tests, etc. Play around and get familiar with all the different features.
Maggie from North Lakes Academy
As a special education teacher, I help students stay on top of their class notes and assignments. Teachers and students can easily communicate with each other. Students can review class notes, lectures, powerpoints, videos, etc. and reprint missing assignments.
Nothing. I haven't discovered anything I don't like about Schoology.
Schoology is intuitive and easy to use. It's format is similar to Facebook, so most students already know their way around it.
Tim from North Lakes Academy
I love the fact that I no longer have to hear the excuse, "I lost the assignment". I download all of the assignments on Schoology so students have access to their assignments. Also, my students know if they are absent, they can get the assignment on Schoology and not fall behind in their work. I occasionally put Links from Khan Academy on my Schoology pages so students and parents can review the concept we covered in class. Schoology is a great classroom tool!
I wish it was a little easier to get students signed up at the beginning of the school year. Sometimes it takes into October to fill in my class memberships.
Sign up and play with it. I learned a lot just by experimenting.
Jill from North Lakes academy
Very easy to use and access! I am new to this and still navigating through it!
Nothing so far from what I have been using and seeing.
Making sure that each teacher understands and knows how to use all of the options of the software.
Tom from North Lakes Academy
I like that it operates similar to Facebook. I also like that, since my staff is agreed to use it, we are uniformly able to refer students and parents to Schoology to get information from class.
I would be interested to see how assessments and attendance could be used through Schoology, but those are components that only work if a school pays for a subscription
It is effective if you have a community of teachers using the platform. Otherwise, it may be a bit obtuse.
I get to see my children progress, and get updates, information and even pictures directly form their teachers.
I like that it looks like Facebook, and that is super easy for us moms to learn and use. I love that my kid's teachers are updating me daily about the progress of the kids, and the activities they have in the classroom.
It´s a little bit confusing while moving between the profiles of families and kids. Sometime I have a hard time find out where to look for the information.
Julie from Columbia Public Schools
It has streamlined my classroom:
Assignments are in schoology, collected in schoology, graded in schoology, I used it to flip my classroom and organize what students do and when.
It has streamlined the work that I do to get ready for class:
I can easily collaborate with the teachers I work with, I can set up one class and copy to others, It helps me keep track of where my students are and what they are achieving.
I teach my students how to use the program to get more out of their own learning:
They can check on their level of mastery, rework old assignments and quizzes (when I let them), they can check their progress, see what is coming, and know what is expected of them just by opening the course.
3 years after beginning to use it, I don't know how I ever lived without it.
I haven't collected a piece of paper in 3 years. It grades many things for me and I can get feedback on how my students are doing. I continue to have access to everything in a course even after it has ended. Schoology is incredibly helpful in fixing problems, and asking for feedback. It merges seamlessly with my school's grade book program. It has allowed me to turn my traditional classroom into a flipped-mastery classroom that use standards based grading. Differentiating instruction and assignments is easy with this program.
There are still things I wish it could do that it can't... yet. They are still working on those things.
Terry from Clarks Summit University
The website is easy to use and very similar to a social media giant that we are all familiar with. It has significant flexibility within the software for a wide variety of uses by both teacher and students.
The app (for Android) is insufficient. Students are unable to see discussion forum type threads in the same way they are displayed on the website. Also, students are unable to see a teacher's comment on their submission, which is unacceptable.
Tim from Sherman first baptist church
Meets a specific need for online education
I use this software for my seminary classes. For the most part everything g is pretty straightforward. Overall though I think it's great and will get easier to use over time.
Most of the time it's easy to navigate but every once in a while it takes a bit to figure out how to get to a specific page.
Was an affordable LMS for my school.
The first feature I like from Schoology is that wer were able to incorporate our Student Information System to Schoology. This allowed me to pull information that was already available instead of recreating users. Second, I was able to use a Single Sign On authentication with my users so they could use an existing account instead of having another set of credentials. Third, this has a Facebook feel which is great for users because most of them are already familiar with the facebook layout, which decreased the length of time it took for them to use the product.
Schoology has a lot features available for users to utilize. Unfortunately, a lot of these features take a lot of time to learn properly. Certain environments sometimes do not work properly.
George from West Chester Area Schools
It doesn't put a virus on my computer, so I guess it has that going for it, though that's not saying much.
It claims to be "like Facebook", but it is more like an awful, horrible Oracle platform designed for one-eyed accountants or something. It is not helpful to students, and it's even worse for parents.
Lori from IGH Schools
Robust assessment creation feature allows random selection of questions from question banks, resulting in a unique assessment for every student. Layout looks familiar to students, so its use is intuitive to them. Scoring with a rubric is amazingly simple.
Sometimes drop-down menus overlap windows, making it difficult to complete tasks that require the use of both.
Marja from Parkview Baptist School
Employees number: 51-200 employees
As a former English teacher, it was so nice to have students be able to speak their voice in a setting they may not have been comfortable with prior to using Schoology. We were able to do many of the same discussions with our Bible students as well. It really helped in studying scripture passages.
I love the addition of the discussion board feature. Requiring students to post prior to seeing other students' post makes it easier to ensure they are not summarizing/rewording someone else's post. This was something that several teachers at my school requested and Schoology was very quick to implement it.
I really have nothing negative to say about the software. Many teachers at our school had a real problem with handing over a copy of our drivers licenses to a company when we already had a full background check with our school during the hiring process. It felt like a violation of privacy.
Matthew from Parkview Baptist School
Employees number: 51-200 employees
The teachers really liked using it. Nobody really had any problems while we were using it.
Integration ability was really good. They sync with a large number of third parties and if there was a feature that they didn't have then they were most likely already working on getting it implemented. It was very easy for the IT Department to manage.
Philip from Fieldcrest CUSD #6
Employees number: 201-500 employees
I use Schoology for almost all of my course work. I teach using the flipped classroom model and Schoology's platform allows me to share my lecture videos, conduct assessments of student knowledge and understanding, to give assignments, and to provide communication with students and parents. All of my content is available to my students through Schoology 24/7, I can make it available in a variety of ways, and I can make updates in real time. Recently, Schoology's introduction of the Google Assignment App has me excited about our switch to Chromebooks. This app allows you to attach a Google Doc (say a study guide) as part of an assignment. When students open the assignment the document is copied, renamed, and added to their Google Drive. No more students opening or copying a new version of the document each time they go back to the assignment instead of to the copy they made but didn't actually rename like the directions stated. The document is 'tied' to the assignment and updates no matter where they work on it from (inside the assignment or through their Google Drive.)
Still to come, a cleaner looking interface with differentiation for elementary students!
+Google Assignment App - this is a game changer for schools using Google and Chromebooks.
+Most open LMS - it integrates with more outside apps and programs.
+New interfaces on the way - a cleaner look for all and an elementary version of the interface.
+More question types coming for assessments including labeling.
+Options are available for assessment monitoring for schools and districts.
-I wish I could move and resize pop up editing boxes. I create complex and visual landing pages with hyperlinks for my students. I wish that box were able to be made bigger and many pop up boxes cover information on the page that would be helpful when working in the box.
-Settings and due dates for assessments are in two completely different places when creating them. One is in a tab in the content area, the other is in the creation "gear" menu. If both are not set correctly, your assessment will not work.
Kyle from Software Company
Employees number: 1 employee
LMS helps teachers to give out virtual assignments and grade them easily. Export/Imports through software with API make integrating with other SIS systems quick and easy.
Easy to use, simple clean UI, they have an app, many options to import to quickly get started. Also, they have an API that is well documented.
There are annotation aspects for drawing on worksheets, what I do not like is there is two different version. One is really one looking and isn't really intuitive.
Nicholas from Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District
Employees number: 201-500 employees
I love having used Schoology in the past when teaching HS English an gamifying my classroom. I now utilize Schoology for professional development purposes. This allows me to create and offer my teachers anytime, anywhere, self-paced learning modules.
Schoology truly focuses their attention on personalized student learning. The features to set completion settings and afford students the opportunity to complete units/lessons/folders at their own pace is truly a game-changer. With that, it works perfectly when trying to gamify your classroom with the added benefit of included badges.
Navigation and ease of use require a little bit of time to play around and get comfortable with the program. So many added benefits and features are within other options. But once you figure them out (like embedding other apps into Schoology) they become the norm.
Grace from Culver Academies
Employees number: 201-500 employees
Ease of use, continual upgrades, available both in web and app version, LTI compliant, robust grading features such as rubrics and customizable grading scales, mastery grading features...The App, in particular, is very easy to grade on, as it allows for easy inking on student submissions. It has also been used that students can submit work on their phones if their regular laptops are not working.
The calendar feature is relatively weak. It would be great if that were better able to connect and sync with Google calendar and Outlook.
Hope from Lowndes County School District.
Employees number: 201-500 employees
We are a 1:1 district and this product gave us the capability to fully integrate our technology in a meaningful way that still focused on the curriculum.
Schoology is intuitive and it is ever-evolving. It is one of the only LMS's that will work for grades K-12.
I wish that they had an add on feature for it to be an SIS so it could be a total one stop shop. The gradebook will not fit into one screen. You must still scroll up and down and side to side.
Glen from Wabasha-Kellogg School District
Employees number: 51-200 employees
Schoology has transformed my teaching! I have been teaching for almost 18 years and I knew that I was basically teaching to the middle group of my students. I was not differentiating for the various learners in my class. The tools available in Schoology helped me to move my teaching from lecture based to a blended classroom approach. I now train teachers on a daily basis to transform their teaching using Schoology. The Schoology community is one of the most active, supportive groups I have ever encountered.
Schoology is an easy to use LMS initially as a teacher and student. The best part is that there are so many added features and an amazing supportive community to help you customize and develop your courses even further. The customer service for Schoology is fantastic and the professional learning community in Schoology Educators is active and very helpful to anyone from a beginner to an advanced user. We did a side by side comparison between Schoology - Edmodo - Canvas and Google Classroom and our teachers and students completely supported our adoption of Schoology!
Some missing features include the ability to lock an entire folder and the ability to navigate quiz/tests more easily.
Sarah from Pilates ProWorks
I really like Schoology and have used it both as student and teacher over the past few years. The interfacing is great, I love the course formatting and functionality, and the ability you have to access individual units/lessons is fantastic. Generally speaking, the only breakdowns in functionality come with email or non email notifications, which quickly clog up and take some tedious time to sort out or filter. It's a small complaint for otherwise fantastic and very easy to use software. The ability for teachers to add assignments with deadlines, be it final drafts or check ins, is great and incredibly useful. The formatting for graded assignments is good, as students are able to compare drafts with graded projects, which I feel is a huge step up in how they perceive their grades and work flow.
Crystal from Educational Service Unit #10
Moodle. Blackboard. Edmodo. Google Classroom. Each year of teaching seemed to bring with it another piecemeal LMS until we found Schoology! Schoology allows our teachers, students, admin and community to stay informed and connected. As a teacher, Schoology was easy to figure out due to its intuitive platform. I love the various features and app integrations that allow students to do much of their online learning within the platform avoiding third party site visits and lots of extra clicking. As an Enterprise user, I also appreciate the SIS integration with PowerSchool that automatically transfers student grades from Schoology. The group feature allows me to easily send updates about One-Act and Speech practice schedules or leave time reminders that can be routed to students' phones, and the groups also provide excellent PLNs for various topics. Admins have begun harnessing the power of online professional development modules via Schoology as well. Students enjoy the calendar view, which we have taught them to use like a planner and appreciate the quick feedback from assessments. Parents enjoy more transparency about what is going on at school and the media albums work great for capturing all of the awesome learning that needs to be recognized and celebrated. As a BlendEd Learning leader, Schoology is integral to day to day planning and organization.
I also appreciate that Schoology is very responsive to user issues and requests. Their Client Success team is there to answer questions and trouble shoot when you need them, and the product developers are always taking suggestions and creating new features to make the platform more user friendly for teachers and students.
Unlike previous platforms, Schoology is my one-stop shop that is here to stay! After four years of use, I couldn't imagine teaching without it!
-Ease of use
-Groups provide online PLNs
-Supportive client services
-Excellent BlendEd Platform
-Can align with CC or state standards
-Allows for competency-based grading (Mastery via Enterprise)
-Parent log in options (one log in for all of their kids)
-App works well on Mac and Android devices
-Can't create reoccurring events or assignments (yet)
-PowerSchool Pro and Schoology integration in beta only (Enterprise)
-Enterprise version is worth the cost for integration with SIS but free version works great too!
-Pairs well with Notability app for paperless users
Stephanie from Bishop O'Dowd High School
Employees number: 201-500 employees
I am the instructional technologist at a private high school, which means I spend lots of time working with teachers on integrating new technologies into the classroom.
Most parts are pretty intuitive, but for slower learners, it can seem like a pretty big learning curve. Customer service is fantastic.
Cannot undo in gradebook, occasional glitches in gradebook-SIS sync that tech support is still working on.
While there are some drawbacks to Schoology, they are getting better!
Marisa from Lake Travis ISD
In my 4th year of teaching, my school district made staff aware of Schoology. As someone who taught in a computer lab, the LMS was fairly easy to incorporate. I shared content with my neighbor and together we began building our course splitting the workload. The use of groups and groups resources was probably the best part of teaching that year. We easily shared assignments, quizzes, vocabulary etc...By the time we started the next school year, our course was completely built, with a few tweaks, given feedback we had literally planned the entire 1st semester in the first 2 days of in-service.
In addition with the integration of the content's vocabulary right into schoology (quizlet) we were able to manage our "bell ringers" which were study opportunities for students. Students quiz grades began to rise , and I observed positive study habits occurring. The instant feedback also helped with students. In addition my time spent grading was greatly reduced. I introduced rubrics which were very easy to use and share with my colleague.
Overall I believe Schoology to be a great resource for educators. Some things that set it apart from other LMSs:
Post questions or concerns and quickly hear from educators around the world.
Immediate Feedback for students
Save Collaborative ways for students to learn and engage
Built in App intergration
Shared resources & Public Resources
Some items that still need work:
Discussions between all courses instead of just sections
Portfolios/Media Albums : needs to be more interactive, more robust
More intuitive Grade book
Free Lockdown Browser
Josh from RMC Research Corporation
I discovered this software during a professional development course I ran in Massachusetts for High School educators. The software is easy to use and makes course organization a simple task. I would love to learn more about it.
How you select courses.