Edit Settings

There are various settings that the instructor can change within the course website to better cater towards his/her teaching approach and style. These are only general settings for all areas within the course; some can be overridden by settings enacted within an individual activity.

Course Settings

Available options

  1. From the Course Menu, click on Edit settings.
  2. Click the Expand all link to view all setting boxes
  3. Expand

  4. General: The following are options that can be changed/implemented for the course:
    • Visible - Show in the General Section allows students to access the course.
    • Visible

      Note: Be sure to make the course available to students when it is ready. This is a VERY common step that instructors forget to do!

    • Course start date lets PolyLearn know when the class is set to start (for most, Cal Poly's first day of instruction). It is important to accurately set this for gradebook purposes.
    • Course end date is only used for reports. Users can still enter the course after the end date.
    • Course summary is a statement that shows up in the course search. It can briefly outline what the course is about, or it can be a welcome message for students.

    • Format determines how the course is laid out on the main page. The two most commonly used types are Topics and Weekly formats—choose the desired preference.
    • Hidden sections shows week/topic sections as either collapsed (displaying a "Not available" message to students) or completely invisible when hidden from students.
    • Note: Hide sections from students by clicking the corresponding eyeball icon while in editing mode.
    • Course layout determines whether the whole course is displayed on one page or split over several pages.
      screen image of number of topics
      NOTE: Number of sections is NO longer in the Edit Settings. You can add additional sections or remove sections on the course page. Scroll to the bottom of the sections (topics/weeks) to access the Add topics.
           Screen image of section options

    • Force theme - CalPoly Boost is a new theme starting Winter 2019.
      Settings theme screen image
    • Force language prevents students from viewing the course website in any language other than English.
    • News items to show displays the number of items that appear in the Latest news block.
    • Note: The Latest news block will not show up on the main course page if this number is set to '0' or if the block has been already disabled.
    • Show gradebook to students controls whether students can see grades for their completed activities within the course.
    • Show activity reports controls whether students can see activity reports for their completed work.
    • Maximum upload size sets the default file upload size for the entire course website.
    • Note: This value can be overridden if maximum sizes are set within individual activities.

    • Completion Tracking allows the student to track their activity completion in the course.


    • Group mode enables students to work in groups within PolyLearn.
      screen image of group
    • Note: This option can be overridden within individual activities.
        - No groups: There are no sub groups, everyone is part of one big community
        - Separate groups: (preferred) Each group member can only see their own group, others are invisible
            [this option allows you to view groups in group assignments]
        - Visible groups: Each group member works in their own group, but can also see other groups
    • Force group mode requires every activity to be completed within groups.
    • Note: This option CANNOT be overridden within individual activities.
    • Default grouping sets the grouping for the group activities you create.
    • Note: Groupings are needed when course sections are merged. Learn more about groupings.
    • "Your word for..." assigns custom names to roles of people in the course (i.e. 'Student', 'Instructor', etc.)
    • Note: This does not change any roles—only what they are referred to as.