Idea to Feature: Save Time with Drag & Drop in the Assignment Calendar

June 13, 2013 Peter Baron

Allowing teachers to change assignment dates within the calendar via drag & drop garnered a lot of votes in UserVoice – 32 to be exact.

Being able to simply click on an assignment and drag it to a new date makes a lot of sense, especially when a teacher needs to update a number of assignments due to an unexpected closure (can my friends in the northeast say snow day!?).

We knew that the process needed to be more intuitive and efficient.

Back in April, Jackie Christensen, Product Owner for onCampus, shared how we brought drag & drop capability to athletic events. Today, she shares how we’ve made this possible for assignments as well.

Gaining Efficiency through Drag & Drop!

From the assignment calendar view, a teacher can simply click and ‘grab’ the assignment that they want to change and drag it over to a new date. Then a confirmation screen will appear, asking if they want to change the date for not only this particular section, but for any other sections where that assignment has been added.

Once the teacher confirms and saves, the updated assignment date will be available to all of the students and parents who have access to the assignment.

Drag & drop makes your life just a little bit easier – and that’s our goal.

About the Author

Peter Baron

As senior product marketing manager, Peter Baron is focused on illustrating how Blackbaud K-12’s software builds deeper connections among key school community stakeholders, including parents, teachers and students. Peter regularly contributes to various online communities and education conferences like NAIS, CASE/NAIS & SSATB to explain the importance of providing modern, user-friendly experiences for school constituents. Peter hosts Blackbaud K-12's Get Connected Podcast and is the founder of edSocialMedia, a community-driven site dedicated to exploring the role of social media in education. Peter also serves as a trustee for Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School and is an Executive Committee member of TABS’ North American Boarding School Initiative.

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