What's NEW in PolyLearn Moodle 2.3 (Fall 2012)?

The PolyLearn system was upgraded to Moodle version 2.3 on Sunday  August. 26, 2012. This page will be modified over the next month. Please visit it again for additional information on the Book, Rubrics, and Repository tools.

Development Enhancements

In Moodle 2.3, interface enhancements were made to improve the course design process and decrease the steps required to develop a course.

  • You can now drag and drop files directly from your desktop straight into the PolyLearn file area. Please see this video on how to drag and drop.
  • File information (i.e., license information, sizes, dates) can be easily edited and viewed via a pop-up dialog box.
  • File names can be changed within the course view.
    screen image of name change

  • Blocks can be dragged and dropped around the page.
  • A  pop-up "Activities" chooser has been added with full introduction, examples and links about each activity/ resource tool. The addition of a resource or an activity can be accessed from one link now.

    screen image of link

    screen image of activity picker

  • The instructor can now add/remove sections directly from the course page (no need to access the Edit Settings for this).

    screen image of the add/remove section
  • Before leaving an edited page, the system will alert the user to save before exiting.

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Book Tool

screen image of the Book toolThe Book tool makes it easy to create multi-page resources with a book-like format. Web sites previously created in HTML can be imported into the Book.
The Book allows you to have main chapters and sub chapters and can be printed in its entirety or by individual chapters. Some advantages of the Book tool include:

  • Ability to chunk content
  • Simplified method of delivery
  • Ease of access
  • Trouble-free editing
  • No external programs required
  • Auto-linking
  • Allows student-generated content
  • Allow better possibilities for student presentations

If you would like to learn more about the Book tool, please review the support page.


File Picker

The File Picker enables files to be selected and displayed in PolyLearn (for example, when an instructor clicks Add an activity or resource > File, or when a forum participant adds an attachment to a post).
Usually the file is copied into PolyLearn from wherever you have chosen it from (e.g., a repository or your computer). In the case of some repositories, such as Youtube, a link is created; in some situations an alias/shortcut may be created. The File Picker features include:

  • Drag and drop
    screen image of Drag and drop File Picker
  • Toggle between file views
  • Images now display as true thumbnails in the File Picker and File Manager

    screen image of file picker togle

  • Using Aliases you can create links to a single file at many locations in your course

    screen image of file picker Youtube


Assessment and Feedback with the Marking Guide and Rubrics in Moodle

Additional tools for assessing student knowledge and providing feedback has been incorporated into PolyLearn (Moodle 2.3).

  • The Marking Guide tool is an advanced grading method where an instructor can set up individual criterion for assessment and can then select from a list of "frequently used comments." These comments can be reused while grading assignment activities and are created by the instructor, as displayed below.

    screen image of Marking guide

    The student can view the comments and points awarded for the criteria within the Gradebook:
    screen image of student guide

  • Similar to the Marking Guide, the Rubric is an advanced grading form used for criteria-based assessment and can be used while grading activities (Assignment and Workshop). The instructor creates the rubric setting up criteria and points awarded for levels of perfromance;
    screen image to create rubric

    Once the assignment or workshop has been graded by the instructor, the student can view their overall grade along with the rubric assessment in the Gradebook. When grading, the instructor simply clicks upon the level of accomplishment that s/he assesses the student has achieved. If desired, the instructor also has the option of adding a feedback comment to the right of each criterion for further explanation of the assessment. A feedback area is also available at the bottom of the rubric for the instructor to give an overall feedback summation.

    screen image of rubric