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

The PolyLearn system was upgraded to Moodle version 3.4 on Sunday, March 25, 2018.

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Spring 2018 Enhancements:


Improved Dashboard

The improved Dashboard gave users access to a timeline of activities, direct links to activities, and a courses tab – all aimed to clearly display course progress and easy links to access resources. Click on the Dashboard link under the Navigation block.

If the instructor set the activity (quiz, assignment, lesson, questionnaire, forum, workshop, etc) deadline or used completion tracking, students can see activities listed on their dashboard.


Database Activity

The database activity module enables participants to create, maintain and search a collection of entries (i.e., records). The instructor defines the entry fields. The field types include: checkbox, radio buttons, drop-down menu, text area, URL, picture, and file uploaded. The visual layout of information, when listing, viewing, or editing database entries, may be controlled by database templates. Database activities can be import and export between quarters. If the database auto-linking filter is enabled, any entries in a database will be automatically linked where the words or phrases appear within the course. An instructor can allow comments on entries. Entries can also be rated by instructors or students (peer evaluation). Ratings can be aggregated to form a final grade which is recorded in the Gradebook.

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


Enrolled Users Setting Changes

The Administration > Users > Enrolled users tool settings have changed. You can still change or add roles, but how you do it is different.

    Screen image of changing user roles

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


User Tour - What's New

A visual and positional step by step guide that highlights the new features for this Spring 2018. Click on the Next button to advance. Click on the End Tour button to stop. At the bottom of the browser, click on the Reset user tour on this page link to repeat the tour.
User tour window


User Tour - Workshop

A visual and positional step by step guide that highlights the the Workshop tool. Click on the Next button to advance. Click on the End Tour button to stop. At the bottom of the browser, click on the Reset user tour on this page link to repeat the tour.


Calendar Drag & Drop

Allows drag & drop of calendar events between different days/months within the calendar.


Assignment - Accepted File Types

Allows the instructors to see and select suggested file types that they would like their students to use when uploading assignments and workshop submissions. The instructor can remove file types from the list (.zip,.xlsx,....) to change the options.
Note: The Choose button doesn't change the list, saving at the bottom of the page will save your Accepted file types.
Accepted file types screen image

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


Completion Overrides

This capability allows instructors to mark activities complete or incomplete on behalf of students, via the Administration block > Report > Activity completion.

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