What's NEW in PolyLearn Moodle 3.5 (Fall 2019)

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Fall 2018 Enhancements:

TurnItIn Assignments

TurnItIn can help to improve student writing one draft at a time. Instructors can save time with easy-to-use feedback and grading features. Use it to cultivate literacy skills with tools that support best practice, standards-aligned writing instruction and set students up for success. It can be use it to foster critical thinking skills and encourage creative, confident writers. To learn more see the support site.

Moodle2Word Plugin

Moodle2Word is a plugin that allows quiz question banks to be exported from Moodle into a Word file. The Word file can then be used to quickly review large numbers of questions (either online or in print), or to prepare paper tests (where the answers and feedback are hidden).

Exporting Moodle questions

Questions can only be exported from one category at a time.

  1. Click Question Bank, then Export.
  2. Click on the Microsoft Word 2010 table format (word table) button.
  3. Choose a category of questions to export.
  4. Click Export questions to file.
    The file downloads. You can open the DOC file within Word.

Import Grades with emplid

Instructors of large lectures may use scantrons for exams. Now instructors can import scantron grades into the PolyLearn Gradebook by emplid.

To learn more about the empleid import, please see the support page.

Revert Course

This feature was added in Fall, but may of you may not know about it. 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 Course menu, 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. You can change the start date back when it is done.

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


Removal of Dropped Students

This feature was added in Fall, but may of you may not know about it. 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.