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Populi Resources

About this Page

Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies uses Populi as their learning management system. Populi meets administration’s needs and also houses course content for classes. Populi can be a powerful tool if utilized to it’s full extent. In order to accomplish this, use the resources listed below to become a Populi pro.

On this page, you'll have access to tutorials that address

  • how to navigate Populi

  • Populi basics - changing your profile picture, changing time zones, finding a new term, uploading documents, downloading documents

  • specific tutorials on the following Populi tabs:

    • Assignments tab​

    • Rubrics tab

    • Lessons tab

    • Attendance tab

    • Setting tab

    • Help button

Navigating Populi

To log onto Populi, log on to

Populi (pronounced POP-yoo-lee) is our learning management system (LMS), which is where you'll access and manage your courses. Every LMS is a bit different, and learning your way around in any LMS takes some time. The link, video, and documents below will help as it will show you how to log onto Populi and how to navigate through the main tabs of system.

Navigating through Populi

Presentation Table of Contents

Populi Introduction

Slide 2: Populi Introduction

  • Describes what an LMS is and recommends using Google Chrome when accessing Populi

Slide 3: Logging On

  • Describes how to log on

Slide 4: Accessing Courses

  • Describes how to access past and present courses

Dashboard Tab

Slide 5: Importance of the Bulletin Board

  • Describes virtual presence

Slide 6: Using the Bulletin Board

  • Describes what your weekly message may include

  • Describes this board is monitored in adjunct classes

  • Describes how to post a message

Slide 7: Disable the Bulletin Board

  • Describes why we disable the board and how to disable this function

Slide 8: Instructional Designer’s Welcome Message

  • Describes the welcome message that the Instruction Designer posts and the purpose of this message

Syllabus Tab

Slide 9: Syllabus Tab Introduction

  • Describes the function and what is included in the Syllabus tab

  • Describes the naming structure

Slide 10: The Syllabus

  • Describes the syllabus and activities checklist

  • Describes how to download, upload and replacing the syllabus

Slide 11: Uploading Documents

  • Describes how to upload, download, and delete documents in this tab, which differs from the syllabus and from documents in the lesson

Files Tab

Slide 12: Files Tab Introduction

  • Describes the function of the tab

  • Describes how to manage files in the tab

  • Describes why you shouldn’t add files or new folders in this area

Assignment Tab

Slide 13: Assignment Tab Introduction

  • Describes the Assignment tab

Slide 14: Assignment Type

  • Describes the most commonly used types and the function of this label

Slide 15: Due Dates and Availability Dates

  • Describes the difference between due dates and availability dates

  • Describes the different functions

  • Reminds that changes in the Assignment tab need to be reflected in the Activities Checklist

Slide 16: Assignment Groups and Weights

  • Describes difference between weights and points

  • Describes how weights impact the final grade

Slide 17: Naming Structure

  • Describes the naming structure of the tab and the exceptions

Slide 18: Editing the Assignment Tab

  • Describes how to add a group, an assignment, and edit the content

Slide 19: Grading and Assignment Submission Area       

  • Describes how to identify when assignments have been submitted

  • Describes how to communicate in the assignment submission area

  • Describes how to use the rubric when grading

  • How to leave feedback on assignments

Lessons Tab

Slide 20: Supplementary Lessons and Course Lessons

  • Describes the organization of the lesson

  • Describes the pages of each lesson

  • Describes the purpose of the “Remember Items”

Slide 21: Editing a Lesson

  • Describes how to edit, add, and delete content in the lesson

Slide 22: Restricting Lessons

  • Describes how to restrict lessons

  • Warns against using this function

Discussions Tab

Slide 23: Discussion Tab Introduction

  • Describes the functionality of this tab

Slide 24: Getting Email updates

  • Describes how to subscribe to a forum

Slide 25: Correctly Accessing Discussions

  • Describes the difference between accessing discussion in the Assignments tab and the discussion forum

Slide 26: Graded Discussions

  • Describes the graded discussions feature

  • Explains how to create the discussion

  • Articulates positive and negative aspects

  • List stipulations and recommendations

Slide 27: Grading Discussions

  • Describes how to grade “graded discussions”

  • Describes how to grade regular discussions

Conference Tab

Slide 28: Conferences Tab-Zoom Class Meetings

  • Describes how to create a Zoom meeting in Populi

  • Describes what students see

Tests Tab

Slide 29: Tests Tab Introduction

  • Describes the function/lack of function with the tests tab

Slide 30: Settings

  • Explains each of the settings of tests

  • Shows how to edit the settings

  • Describes how to add exceptions

Slide 31: Individual Tabs-Editing, Grading, Review

  • Describes how to edit an exam and the issues in editing

  • Describes the Design, Preview, History, and Analysis tab

  • Describes how to grade or comment on a students’ test

  • Describes how to get additional information about a students’ exam

Slide 32: Creating a Test

  • Describes how to create a test

  • Describes the settings of the test

  • Describes a popular method of inputting questions

Calendar Tab

Slide 33: Calendar Tab Introduction

  • Describes navigating the calendar

  • Describes the difference between the calendar and Activities Checklist

Roster Tab

Slide 34: Roster Tab Introduction

  • Describes how to access to student participation in the course

  • Describes to how access student contact and academic information


Slide 35: Gradebook Tab Introduction

  • Describes how grades are cross-listed in various areas of Populi

Attendance Tab

Slide 36: Attendance Tab Introduction

  • Describes why we take attendance

  • Describes how to take online attendance

Slide 37: Attendance Options

  • Describes methods of taking attendance (attendance tab of students’ profile and using attendance calendar.)  

Settings Tab

Slide 38: Settings Tab Introduction

  • Describes the settings tab

Slide 39: Alter Open to Students Date

  • Describes how to alter students’ access to the course

  • Describes how to alter students’ access to the lessons

Slide 40: Rubrics Tab

  • Describes how to edit a rubric

Slide 41: Published Views

  • Describes what students have access to before the course is published, after it is published but before the open date, and after the course is published and after the open date but before the start of the course.

Slide 42: How to Publish the Course

  • Describes how to publish the course so students have access to the course


Slide 43: Student View Feature

  • Describes how to see what the students see

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The two documents below will be helpful in understanding the layout of all our courses.  The Visual Overview will help you get oriented and learn where everything is located; this is a quick guide.  The Effective Practices document explains why the courses are structured they way they are so that you can continue what we have in place as you make your course your own AND how we use Populi. 

Password and Username Issues

If you have forgotten your password or need to retrieve your username, this video will show you how to do so. 

Specific Populi Tutorials

Are you wanting to become more independent and confident when using Populi?  Click on links below to access simple and straightforward tutorials concerning each tab.

  • The Basics - This pages shows how to personalize your profile and assist with giving you the basics of Populi.

  • Assignments tab - This page provides tutorials on adding assignments, editing and deleting assignments, and explaining grades. 

  • Lessons tab - This page provides tutorials on the adding, editing, and deleting the following elements: content, assignments, files, links, discussion. This page also show how to create online lectures. 

  • Tests tab - This page provides tutorials on creating exams, editing exams, and altering quiz information.

  • Attendance tab - This page provides tutorials on taking attendance. It also gives tips on how to do take attendance easily and quickly.

  • Settings tab - This page provides tutorials on how to edit, use, and navigate the electronics rubrics feature.

  • Help button - This page provides instruction on finding answers to problems.

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