What's NEW in PolyLearn Moodle 2.5 (Spring 2014)?

The PolyLearn system will be upgraded to Moodle version 2.5 on Thursday morning, March 27, 2014. Moodle.org is no longer supporting Moodle version 2.4. it is very important that Cal Poly stay current with security patches and bug fixes for our Moodle system so thus we are upgrading to 2.5 for Spring. Cal Poly will remain on Moodle 2.5 until the end of Summer 2014. Plans are to upgrade to Moodle 2.6 by Fall 2014. More information about Moodle 2.6 will be available in August.

Turn Course On (Has Moved)

The tool to turn on your PolyLearn course has moved to the top of the Edit Settings page. To turn the course on, choose Show in the pull-down list and click on the Save changes button.

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Expand All Link

The Resources and Activities menus now have the options hidden. On the top right of the page, click on the Expand all link or open the sections needed by clicking on the toggle arrows on the left of the section name.

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Settings Block Name Changed & Reports Tool Moved

The Settings block name has changed to Administration. The Reports tool was moved out of the Navigation block into the Administration block.


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HIDE Button Removed from Enrollments (Engine)

In the past, faculty would sometimes accidently hide the enrollment of their course, which would keep students as well as themselves from accessing the course. Clicking on the eye icon in the Enrollment Methods area of PolyLearn would hide the enrollments. This icon was very confusing to many people since naturally you would think that the eye icon was for viewing the enrollments. To prevent faculty from inadvertently hiding enrollments, the eye icon has now been hidden from view. From now on, to edit enrollments, click on the head + icon to the right of the X.

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The HTML Editor is Hidden

Within the Activities or Resources menu, the Description box will display as a plain text editor. To access the HTML editor, click on the Show editing tools tab.

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OU Blog (New Addition)

screen image of OU BlogThis blog was created by Open University and is a new addition to our PolyLearn system. Let us know if you like it!

  • User blog and course blog capabilities.
  • Relies on HTML editor.
  • Includes integrated comments on pages.
  • Grading option available.
  • Groups support for course blogs.
  • Broad-specific tags.
  • Easy navigation from post to post.

Please see our blog support page for additional instructions.