PLUG: Show & Tell – 1/12/15

by Tonia Malone on January 20, 2015



The PLUG (PolyLearn User Group) held a Show & Tell on Monday, January 12, 2015. Franklin Gaudi (CAFES-BioResources & Agricultural Engineering) demonstrated some tools he uses to enhance teaching and learning with PolyLearn. If you would like to learn more about how to implement the PolyLearn tools that Franklin uses for his classes, please refer to the links provided below or schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our PolyLearn Support staff. We would be happy to help you learn more about them.

For example, Franklin uses the PolyLearn Quiz tool to give students weekly problem sets. The students have 15-25 questions that are randomized by PolyLearn. A student can choose to take the quiz up to three times to improve their overall average grade. Franklin says that most students will take the full three attempts to improve their scores and in that time they are learning and determining their understanding of the topic. These problem sets are a perfect way to give students formative assessment before higher stake midterms. When the students have been asked about the problem set availability and success of such an approach, they report that they believe them to be effective and like doing them.

If you would like to learn more about PolyLearn’s Quizzes to create your own “Problem Sets,” please see our online tutorial.

Franklin also shared how he changed his course layout to help students find content in the course. The PolyLearn course shell provides a top block and ten content blocks below. Franklin orders the course content in reverse order so that the most recent week is located directly under the top block. Students can always find the current content on the top of the course page. Faculty can choose to rearrange content in this order or they can choose to only show one block at a time so that only the current content is displayed on the page.

If you would like to learn more about PolyLearn’s course display optionsplease see our online tutorial, within “Hidden sections.” Franklin showed how the course content provides checkboxes next to PolyLearn activities. These checkboxes are automatically checked when the student completes a task. This is a feature in PolyLearn to help students see activities that are required and gives the student a visual cue when they are completed.

If you would like to learn more about PolyLearn’s Completion Trackerplease see our online tutorial. Then when you create an activity, you can choose such options in the “Activity Complete” section at the bottom of the page.

Franklin’s presentation was recorded, please email to request the link.

Additional PLUG Show & Tell sessions will be scheduled in the future. Please keep an eye out for these as they are advertised in the CTLT Newsletter and website.

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