What's NEW in PolyLearn Moodle 2.6 (Fall 2014)?

The PolyLearn system will be upgraded to Moodle version 2.6 on Sunday morning, September 7, 2014. it is very important that Cal Poly stay current with security patches and bug fixes. We have plans to upgrade to Moodle 2.7 for Spring 2015. More information about Moodle 2.7 will be available in March.

In this upgrade you will notice these changes:

PDF Annotation

Instructors can annotate and markup Assignments submitted as PDF files, which students can view from their Gradebook. While creating the Assignment, the instructor must turn on the "feedback comments" option. With feedback comments enabled, the instructor can access the Annotate PDF tool by clicking on the Launch PDF editor link. For more information about how to access this grading window, please review the Grading Assignments page.

PDF Annotation link from Assignment Grade page

After the instructor clicks on the Launch PDF editor link , the Annotate PDF window will appear. The instructor can then add comments, add saved comments, draw, add lines, a box, a circle, and highlight text.

PDF Annotation window


Easy to Move Blocks and Items

Content Blocks and Items can be moved within the course to other areas.

  1. Double click on the Move icon.
    Move tool screen image
  2. The Move Pop-Up Window will appear. Click on the location.
    move window screen image

The Block or Item will move to the space you selected. You can also drag and drop Blocks and Items. But for courses with a lot of content, the double click option may be easier.

New Edit Menus

The Edit menu has changed for Activities and Resources. The same options are available, but hidden in the "Edit" pull-down list. Click on the Edit link...

Activities and Resources Edit Menu

...the menu will appear, then choose the option needed.

  edit menu

To rename the Activity or Resource, click on the pencil icon to the right of the Activit /Resource name. Retype the name and hit the Enter/Return key on your keyboard.

New HTML Editor

The text editor (sometimes referred to as the 'HTML editor') has many icons to assist the user in entering content. Many of these icons and functions should be familiar to anyone who uses a word processor.

HTML Editor

Row One

  1. Expand button (opens the menu from one bar to three bars)
  2. Formatting
  3. Bold
  4. Italic
  5. Bulleted List
  6. Numbered List
  7. Add Link
  8. Unlink
  9. Stop Auto Linking
  10. Add Image
  11. Add Emoticon
  12. Manage Emended Files

Row Two

  1. Undo
  2. Redo
  3. Underline
  4. Strikethrough
  5. Subscript
  6. Superscript
  7. Align Left
  8. Align Center
  9. Align Right
  10. Decrease Indent
  11. Increase Indent
  12. Text Color
  13. Left to Right
  14. Right to Left
  15. Insert Equation
  16. Non-Breaking Space
  17. Special Character
  18. Insert/Edit Table

Row Three

  1. Font Family
  2. Font Size
  3. Edit HTML
  4. Find
  5. Find/Replace
  6. Clean Up Messy Code
  7. Remove Formatting
  8. Paste as Plain Text
  9. Paste from Word
  10. Toggle Full Screen

Feedback Activity

The Feedback Activity is very similar to the Questionnaire, but allows the instructor to share results with students, if desired.
feedback screen image

The Feedback activity module enables a instructor to create a custom survey for collecting feedback from students using a variety of question types including multiple choice, yes/no or text input. Feedback responses may be anonymous, if desired, and results may be shown to all students or restricted to instructors only. For more information, please see our Feedback support page.

Grade: Marking Workflow

If you enabled "Use marking workflow" within the Assignment options, the assignment will go through a series of workflow stages (not marked, in marking, marking complete, in review, ready for release, released) before being released to students. This allows for multiple rounds of marking and allows marks to be released to all students at the same time.

  • Not marked (the marker has not yet started)
  • In marking (the marker has started but not yet finished)
  • Marking completed (the marker has finished but might need to go back for checking/corrections)
  • In review (the marking is now with the teacher in charge for quality checking)
  • Ready for release (the teacher in charge is satisfied with the marking but wait before giving students access to the marking)
  • Released (the student can access the grades/feedback)

Gradebook Override Update

Unfortunately, we had Gradebook overrides last academic year in some of the PolyLearn (version 2.5) courses. Moodle has not created a fix for this issue yet, but we believe that some of the settings we have changed will help to prevent most of the overrides in the future. W emade changes on September 7, 2014 and will be closely monitoring Fall grades to check for any additional system error Gradebook overrides. The PolyLearn Support team has scheduled development time for Gradebook overrides this Fall, if additional time is needed to research the problem and work with Moodle.org for the fix.

With the new setting in the Gradebook, the Update button is no longer available. Click on the Return or Enter key on the keyboard and PolyLearn will update automatically. This should help to prevent Gradebook overrides in Category Totals and Course Totals. For more information on how to add manual grades to your Gradebook, please see the Grades support page. Also, make sure to turn OFF editing in the Gradebook when you are finished with grading.

Faculty Gradebok Undate buton grayed out

The PolyLearn support team would like your feedback about Gradebook overrides or other items. Please email polylearnsupport@calpoly.edu or go to the main PolyLearn Support Page and type your anonymous feedback in the Feedback box on the bottom right.