What's NEW in PolyLearn Moodle 3.4 (Fall 2018)

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

Fall 2018 Enhancements:


The Scheduler tool allows instructors to book appointments or meetings with their students.

Screen image of the student view.

To learn more about the Secheduler tool, please see the support page.

New Boost Theme

There is a new PolyLearn Theme called Boost. It is user friendly and content-focused to allow users to navigate the course space with greater ease. There is more flexibility to navigate within and between your courses and activities. Users can open and close the left side panel with links to essential course elements such as grades, resources, calendars, and other courses. Instructors can show all your course modules at once or view them individually by collapsing or expanding the view in the center column, or toggle between modules in the left navigation panel. Boost is mobile friendly allowing users to access course resources offline.

This theme is optional Fall 2018 and will be the default staring Winter 2019.

Boost theme example image

To use the Boost theme,

  1. Click on the Edit Settings link in the Administration block.
  2. Change to Cal Poly Boost in the Force theme list.
    Change theme to Boost screen image

Respondus LockDown Browser

Formative assessments in PolyLearn are low stakes, provide multiple attempts, can be open book, and provide timely feedback. Summative assessments is an evaluation of student learning at the end of a module or unit. If you need to provide a summative assessment within PolyLearn, then LockDown Browser can provide a controlled environment. LockDown Browser is a custom browser that increases the security of online summative assessments in PolyLearn. When students use LockDown Browser to access a quiz, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, access other applications, or close a quiz until it is submitted for grading. Quizzes created for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with standard browsers either. LockDown Browser works much like a standard browser, but some options have been removed or work differently.

Courtesy of OCOB, Respondus LockDown Browser has been purchased for the academic year 2018-2019 (Fall 18 - Sum 19).

To learn more about the LockDown Browser tool, please see the support page.

Revert Course

Each quarter faculty copy content into their current course shells. Sometimes the wrong content is copied and the faculty would email polylearnsupport to have the course deleted and wait 24 hours for the course to return.

Now with the Revert Course tool, faculty can reset their course to its original default state and start over quickly.
This feature is available the first 1.5 weeks of the quarter.

  1. In the Adminstration block, click on Revert Course.
  2. Read the message and click on the Continue button.
    NOTE: Do not Reset Course if students have already accessed your course and added participation/content.

If you do not see the Revert Course link, it is becuase your Course Start Date has passed. You will need to change that date to a future date before the Revert Course link will appear.

  1. Click on the Edit Settings link in the Administration block.
  2. Change the Course start date.
    Change start date sceen image


Removal of Dropped Students

During enrollment students add and drop courses frequently.
In every PolyLearn shell, there are dropped students listed in your Gradebooks, Participants, and Groups.

PolyLearn will automatically removed all dropped students until the first day of the quarter (Fall 2018 - Sept. 19).
After Setp. 20, you can manually remove any additional dropped students.