PolyLearn Course Example: BIO-161

by Tonia Malone on January 9, 2012

With the new Learning Management System (LMS) PolyLearn (Moodle 2.1.3), many faculty have asked about how to organize their course content within this new and different system. The goal of this blog post is to highlight one example of how Edward Himelblau used PolyLearn to support his student needs. Edward Himelblau (CSM-Biological Sciences) taught BIO 161 – Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (Fall 2011).

To help with the PolyLearn layout and terminology, you may find these handouts helpful:

The instructor can choose to organize the “content sections” as needed, with the Topic outline. Using the “Edit Settings tool the instructor can modify the number of content blocks, change from Topic to Week Format and turn the course on for students to view.

The first “content section” on the top is for the course business (welcome information, syllabus, office hours, and support information) and the other content sections can be labeled to organize content by topics.

To edit the course, the instructor must “Turn editing on” (top right corner). Once editing is activated, the Welcome information on the top as well as each labeled section can be added by clicking on the “Edit Summary” icon Edit Summary Icon , which will provide an HTML editor for the text, images, links, etc.

Top Topic Block: Welcome

Edward used the “Edit Summary” within the top Topic block to add the banner image (JPG) and text (Bio… bullets). The “Lecture and Lab Materials” text was created with a “Label” within the “Add Resources” tool. The “Lecture Worksheets” folder was created with the “Folder” within the “Add Resources” tool. Files were linked with the “File” within the “Add Resources” tool.    

screen image of BIO-161 PolyLearn (Moodle) course

Week 1

Edward used the “Edit Summary” within the top Topic block to add the “Week 1″ title and text as well as the embedded video from YouTube. Then again added files. Links to outside web sites can also be added within the HTML editor of the “Edit Summary”  tool. 

Edward’s course is consistent throughout, creating a user-friendly environment allowing students’ quick access to resources. This course is clean and well organized. 

Edward’s course is just one example of how PolyLearn’s tools can be used to support your teaching and learning needs. Please stay tuned for other PolyLearn examples.

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