Fall 2012 - Faculty and Staff PolyLearn (Moodle 2.3) Workshops

Walk-in PolyLearn Support

Monday Sept 17 – 1pm – 3pm Library 35-209 CTLT

PolyLearn (Moodle) is our new learning management system. If you have content in Blackboard that you need, please contact the PolyLearn Support Team at polylearnsupport@calpoly.edu.

laptopNote: There are several options for the prerequisite workshop Introduction to PolyLearn (Moodle). You may take the course in a face-to-face workshop or sign up for the (Moodle) asynchronous online workshop, which displays the workshop materials to review on your own time. We suggest that you make sure you have covered the materials of the Introduction to PolyLearn (Moodle) workshop before taking any of the other face-to-face PolyLearn (Moodle) workshops.

Helpful Videos

Seven different PolyLearn hands-on workshops are being offered to Cal Poly faculty and staff during Fall quarter 2012:

  1. Introduction to PolyLearn
  2. Adaptive Instruction with the Book and Lesson Tools
  3. Introduction to the Gradebook
  4. Using the Rubric and Marking Guide Tools in the Assignment Tool
  5. Enhancing Self- and Peer-Assessment with the Workshop & Assignment Tools
  6. PolyLearn's Glossary - When a Glossary is Not "Just" a Glossary
  7. Principles of Good Course Design in PolyLearn

Registration is required to attend these workshops (located at the bottom of the page).


Introduction to PolyLearn - 1 hour

In this workshop, we'll be demonstrating the basics that faculty need to be familiar with in order to get started with PolyLearn Moodle. (Note: This workshop will not cover advanced topics such as quizzes, grading, wikis, blogs, etc.) Come and be guided in an introduction to the layout and fundamental tools of PolyLearn Moodle and learn about other available training resources to assist you in using Cal Poly's new learning management system.

Note: This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab. If you do not have access to PolyLearn, please indicate such when you register for the workshop and we will create an empty PolyLearn shell for you to work from during the workshop and beyond.

Workshop Schedule

DAY

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

Wednesday

9-19-12

8:00 - 9:00 PM

Thursday

9-20-12

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Macintosh Lab, 35-216A

Wednesday

9-26-12

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Macintosh Lab, 35-216A

Monday

10-1-12

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Windows Lab, 35-216B

online workshop icon Live Session: 9/19  8 - 9 PM    Click to join the Collaborate Online Live Session (open's in new window)
Online Support: Use Wizard to Setup Your Computer for this Session
This session will be recorded so you can watch it at a later date.


Adaptive Instruction with the Book and Lesson Tools - 1 hour

Prerequisite: Introduction to PolyLearn (Moodle)

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Online Support Options

You may find the online tutorials helpful for learning how to use the Book tool and Lesson tool.

During this hands-on workshop, we will examine the benefits of the Book and Lesson tools in PolyLearn. Books can be used to provide chunked content with built-in simple navigation controls in an easy-to-create and edit environment. Books can easily be viewed and printed by students or exported as a complete series for later reference. Books can also be used to allow students to create presentations and generate content to share with the class, and can be reused by the instructor in other PolyLearn (Moodle) courses. The Lesson tool is very similar to the Book tool, but allows the instructor to assess student learning within the lesson and set parameters for advancement. Instructors can use the Lesson tool to increase student engagement and to see the results of each student’s progress. Come find out how these tools can enhance students' understanding through formative self-assessments and feedback.

Note: This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab. If you do not have access to PolyLearn, please indicate such when you register for the workshop and we will create an empty PolyLearn shell for you to work from during the workshop and beyond.

Workshop Schedule

DAY

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

Wednesday

10-3-12

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Macintosh Lab, 35-216A

 


Introduction to the Gradebook - 1 hour

Prerequisite: Introduction to PolyLearn (Moodle)

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Online Support Options

You may find the online tutorials and video helpful for learning how to use Grades and Gradebook Examples. Also, see the tutorial on weighting.

PolyLearn Moodle’s Gradebook provides a central location where students’ grades can be stored and displayed via a computer browser such as Firefox, Safari or Chrome. Instructors can keep track of their students’ progress within the Gradebook and choose which set of grades students are allowed to view. If you choose to use the Gradebook, students can only see their own personal grades in the Gradebook and keep track of their progress in the course. This workshop will cover the basics of the PolyLearn Moodle Gradebook such as setting up preferences, adding and assigning grade categories, manually adding and editing grades, downloading assignment submissions from the Gradebook, exporting/importing grades, and weighting your Gradebook with the simple weighted mean option.

Note: If you do not have access to PolyLearn, please indicate such when you register for the workshop and we will create an empty PolyLearn shell for you to work from during the workshop and beyond.

Workshop Schedule

DAY

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

Tuesday

10-9-12

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Windows Lab, 35-216B

Tuesday

11-27-12

8:00 - 9:00 PM

online workshop icon Live Session: 11/27  8 - 9 PM    Click to join the Collaborate Online Live Session (open's in new window)
Online Support: Use Wizard to Setup Your Computer for this Session
This session may be recorded to watch at a later date.


Using the Rubric and Marking Guide Tools in the Assignment Tool - 1 hour

Prerequisite: Introduction to PolyLearn (Moodle)

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Online Support Options

You may find the online tutorials helpful for learning how to use the Rubric tool and Marking Guides.

Do you use a rubric for grading or are you thinking of doing so? PolyLearn Moodle 2.3 includes the ability to create and add rubrics for assignments. Using a rubric or marking guide can relieve some of your grading woes by providing more consistency and transparency for your students and by simplifying grading tasks for you as an instructor. You can create a simple rubric in PolyLearn that consists of criteria and guidelines that your students can use as a checklist for their assignment submission and that you can use to ease your grading tasks. When you submit your grades for student review in PolyLearn, the devised rubric with your comments about the individual criteria or the entire assignment will be included.

Note: This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab. If you do not have access to PolyLearn, please indicate such when you register for the workshop and we will create an empty PolyLearn shell for you to work from during the workshop and beyond.

Workshop Schedule

DAY

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

Thursday

10-11-12

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Windows Lab, 35-216B

 


Enhancing Self- and Peer-Assessment with the Workshop & Assignment Tools - 1 hour

Prerequisite: Introduction to PolyLearn (Moodle)

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Online Support Options

You may find the online tutorials helpful for learning how to use the Assessment tool (video) and Workshops tool.

During this workshop, we will work with the Assignment and Workshop tools in PolyLearn. The Workshop tool in Moodle provides a place for self- and peer assessment activities with many handy options, including embedded rubrics for accurate assessment. If you have ever asked your students to review their own or each other’s’ work in teams or groups, this tool may simplify and supercharge these activities! The Assignment tool allows students to submit attachments for grading. The instructor can provide feedback and upload a modified file for review within the Gradebook. Come find out how these tools can enhance students' analysis and evaluation skills, and provide for a more collaborative class environment.

Note: This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab. If you do not have access to PolyLearn, please indicate such when you register for the workshop and we will create an empty PolyLearn shell for you to work from during the workshop and beyond.

Workshop Schedule

DAY

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

Monday

10-22-12

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Windows Lab, 35-216B

 


When a Glossary is Not "Just" a Glossary - 1 hour

Prerequisite: Introduction to PolyLearn (Moodle)

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Online Support Options

You may find the online tutorials helpful for learning how to use the Glossary tool.

Would you like to create a collaborative activity such as an on-going glossary or database that your students can contribute to? PolyLearn’s glossary activity module can be used in many ways: 1) Participants can create and maintain a list of definitions similar to a dictionary; 2) Participants can use the glossary for contributing data similar to a simple database with separate categories; 3) The glossary can also be restricted so that only an instructor can create the entries; 4) Glossary entries can be set to appear randomly to the right side of your course each time a student enters. The most useful part of PolyLearn’s glossary is the auto-linking feature. With auto-linking, any word in the glossary will be highlighted and linked to the glossary for review. This makes PolyLearn’s glossary very similar to reading ebooks on an iPad or Kindle where definitions can be easily accessed while reading text. Come and learn about this very useful tool – you will love it!

Note: This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab. If you do not have access to PolyLearn, please indicate such when you register for the workshop and we will create an empty PolyLearn shell for you to work from during the workshop and beyond.

Workshop Schedule

DAY

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

Wednesday

10-24-12

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Windows Lab, 35-216B

 


Principles of Good Course Design in PolyLearn - 1 hour

Prerequisite: Introduction to PolyLearn (Moodle)

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Online Support Options

You may find the online tutorials helpful for learning how to organize your PolyLearn course (Video I) (Video II).

In this presentation, we'll explore and discuss the common features of good Moodle courses and review what are considered the "best practices" in Moodle course development as we review courses that have been created by other faculty (faculty permission granted, of course). We’ll also take a look at some of the “don’ts” that you might want to stay away from in order to make your students’ Moodle experience more pleasurable overall.

Note: This is a hands-on workshop in a computer lab. If you do not have access to PolyLearn, please indicate such when you register for the workshop and we will create an empty PolyLearn shell for you to work from during the workshop and beyond.

Workshop Schedule

DAY

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

Thursday

11-15-12

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Kennedy Library, 35-202B

 


Registration:

Please register for a workshop by filling out the following form. Note: Attendance at Workshop 1 (Introduction to PolyLearn) is the prerequisite all Workshops. If you wish to opt out of attending the Introduction, you may participate in the online version of the workshop, which requires the viewing of a series of videos before attending other PolyLearn workshops.

A minimum of five enrollees will be required to hold the workshops. You will be contacted via email if the workshop has to be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

Cancellations: If you need to cancel your reservation, please notify PolyLearn Support (Email: polylearnsupport@calpoly.edu) so that we can permit someone else to fill your seat for the workshop. Thank you!