Scenario 4 - Create an assignment using ATL Scale in Schoology

This article references the Secondary Schoology Guidelines.  This video has been provided as an overview of all aspects of assignment creation and configuration in Schoology.

Here we have outlined the agreed upon requirements for configuring and creating assignments in Schoology, as well as important considerations for materials management and organisation.

Types of Assignments

  • Assignments
    • An "assignment" is the assessment type that is used most frequently by teachers. "Assignments" can be used for physical or in-person assessments (see below) or for tasks that require students to submit their work digitally.
    • Assignments can be aligned or unaligned to Measurement Topics
  • Quizzes
    • A "quiz" is an assessment type that may be used to collect ungraded evidence of learning
  • Discussions
    • A "discussion" is an assessment type that may be used to collect ungraded evidence of learning

Assignment Configuration

When configuring assignments there are important options to consider such as the type of assignment, learning objectives alignment, rubric, and assignment description. A Schoology "Learning Objective" is synonymous with an HKIS "Measurement Topic". When assignments are aligned to Learning Objectives (aka Measurement Topics), the General Academic Scale rubric must be used.  Assignments may be aligned to one or more learning objectives.

Below are examples of how different scales applied to assessment types should be configured in Schoology. The main assessment types are Discussions, Quizzes and Assignments.

  • Scenario 1: The assignment/discussion uses the full general academic scale AND aligns to learning objectives.
  • Scenario 2: The assignment/quiz/discussion uses only part of the general academic scale.
  • Scenario 3: Assignment/quiz/discussion for completion only
  • Scenario 4: Assignment/quiz/discussion for ATLs


Scenario 4: The assignment/quiz/discussion for Approaches to Learning (ATL) Scale

All assignments linked to an Approaches to Learning (ATL) Scale must ultiize a rubric on a 3-point scale. At HKIS, Approaches to Learning (ATLs) refer to the development of skills, attitudes and behaviours that help students become successful learners. At HKIS, Approaches of Learning are evaluated on three main categories: 

  • Self-Motivated Learning
  • Respect and Responsibility
  • Collaboration

The scale for ATL rubrics is as follows: 3 = Consistent, 2 = Inconsistent, 1 = Seldom.  When creating an ATL assignment, please note:

  • Use the Approaches to Learning (ATL) Scale
  • Do not align to learning objectives

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Select "Add Materials" from the top left of your course content page.

2. From the dropdown menu select "Add Assignment"


3. Name your assignment using the HKIS naming protocols


4. Embedding a task-specific rubric in Schoology

The assignment body (shown below) in Schoology should include a description of the task and either a link to a task specific rubric or have the rubric embedded. This task-specific rubric must be aligned to the General Academic Scale and at a minimum, the Exhibiting Depth, Exhibiting and Developing columns must be completed.

5. Select a due date for the task.  Please remember that all assignments should be put on Schoology at least one week before the due date.


6. Select "Evidence of Learning" from the Assignment Category


7. Select "Completion Description" from the Scale / Rubric


8. Click Save Changes

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