What's NEW in PolyLearn Moodle 2.7 (Fall 2015)?

The PolyLearn system was upgraded to Moodle version 2.7 on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. it is very important that Cal Poly stay current with security patches and bug fixes.

We were unable to upgrade to Moodle 2.8 for Fall, but there are some changes in PolyLearn since Spring 2015. We have plans to upgrade to Moodle 2.8 for Winter 2016. The Moodle 2.8 system has a completely different Gradebook and there will be major changes to the support site to address the Gradebook changes. Since it is a huge change, we may wait to upgrade to Moodle 2.9 in the Summer. More information about this will be available by the end of Fall 2015.

NOTE: As always, make sure to use supported Browsers (Firefox, Safari, and Chrome). Do not use Internet Explorer.

In this upgrade you will notice these changes:

Course Design Change

For Fall 2015, course shells will have blocks located on the left. The only block on the right is the Course Copy Wizard tool. After you use the Course Copy Wizard you can dock it. Students do not see the Course Copy Wizard in their course view. This new block layout will provide more real estate for your course content, which reduces the need to scroll.

Docking Blocks

Blocks can be minimized to a bar on the left of the course. When you roll over the name of the block, the block is maximized to show the tools. For those who didn't know about docking, please see our website. When a user docks blocks, PolyLearn will save that format until you change it. The docked blocks is only in your view, this doesn't change the student's view of your course. Each user has a choice to dock or not.


Restrict Access (Activities & Resources)

Allows instructors to set conditions on activities and/or resources. Restrictions based on date, grade, group, profile or a combination of all.

    • Date: Access can be restricted from or until a certain date and time.
      Note: ALL dates must be changed when copying courses. [We recommend that you do not use the DATE option in Restrict access. Dates can be set above within the Availability.]
    • Grade: Determines grade conditions which must be met in order to access the activity.
      Note: Multiple grade conditions may be set if desired. If so, the activity will only allow access when ALL grade conditions are met.
    • Group: If groups are used in the course, it is possible to restrict the activity to a certain group.
    • User Profile: Determines access based on fields within the student's profile, such as department or email.
    • Restriction Set: Allows you to set nested restrictions (of those listed above).

Comment Inline

An alternative to the PDF Annotator, this feedback type allow instructors to add comments inline to Assignments set for online text submissions. To use this feature, within the Assignment, choose Online text for the Submission type and make sure to choose the Comment inline feedback type.

Online text option chosen

Feedback types, feedback comment, comment inline.

As the instructor, you are able to comment within the Online text box.

comment inline screen image

NOTE: The "Notify students" setting is now set as default to "No." If you want the students to receive an email that you have graded their assignment, please change the setting from "No" to "Yes."

Gradebook Top Vertical Scroll

Now in Moodle 2.7, the Gradebook has a top vertical scroll to allow easier access to additional columns. Also the alphabet will help you find a student quickly.

gradebook top scroll

New HTML Editor - Atto

Moodle has created a new HTML editor called "Atto." If you prefer using this new HTML editor instead of the default (Tiny MCE), you can change your HTML editor. Within the Administration block, click on the My profile settings > Edit profile > Text editor - Atto HTML editor, then Update profile.

Atto top buttons, screen image

  1. Expand
  2. Style
  3. Bold
  4. Italic
  5. Bulleted list
  6. Numbered list
  7. Add link
  8. Unlink
  9. Add image
  10. Manage embedded files

Atto bottom buttons, screen image

  1. Underline
  2. Strike-through
  3. Subscript
  4. Superscript
  5. Align left
  6. Align center
  7. Align right
  8. Increase indent
  9. Decrease indent
  10. Equation editor
  11. Special character
  12. Table
  13. Clear formatting
  14. Undo
  15. Redo
  16. Accessibility checker
  17. Screen-reader helper
  18. HTML code view