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Release Content

Make your content even more engaging by personalizing the delivery of information.

When you customize the release of content, you are creating a course that is more interactive and tailored to the needs of individual students. With adaptive release, you can show the appropriate content, to select individuals, at the appropriate time.

You control the availability of content based on a set of rules you create with the following release criteria:

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Release an item only on a specified date or time. Options include: on a exact date, until a certain date, or during a defined period of time.

Example: Content is covered in a specific order. You want content available only after it is discussed in class.

Example: Release your final exam during your institution's scheduled exam week.


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Release an item to specific users or groups of users.

Example: In your course, you have four groups. You assign each group a different case study. Selective release enables you to show a different, relevant case study assignment to each group.

Example: Specific students request more information on a topic.


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Release an item if a specified graded item was attempted or users received a certain scoreless than, greater than, equal to, or between. You can also release an item based on a calculated column in the Grade Center.

Example: You create two packages of review materials, suited to student needs. Students who earn at least 70% on the midterm exam receive one package, while those who score 69% or less receive the other.


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Release an item when another content item is marked as reviewed.

Example: To hold students accountable for their progress, require them to read an article and mark it as reviewed before releasing the next content item.

Basic and Advanced Adaptive Release

With basic adaptive release, you can apply one rule to a content item. This rule can contain all four types of criteria, but not multiple instances of the same type. All criteria in the rule must be satisfied before the item is released. The more criteria added to a rule, the more restrictions on the release of that item. This makes it more difficult for users to gain access.

With advanced adaptive release, you can set more complex release criteria. For example, you can add more criteria to a rule, or you can specify different options for releasing the content. To learn more, see Basic and Advanced Adaptive Release.

Adaptive Release in Action

Three professors discuss the different ways they use adaptive release in their courses.

File:en-us/Learn/9.1_2014_04/Instructor/090_Course_Content/030_Release_Content/shelby_small.jpegShelby M.

"I organize my course into units which correspond to textbook chapters.

I do not want students to work ahead so I set each unit to be released on a specific date. For example, Unit 1 is available when the term starts. Unit 2 is not available until the following week."

File:en-us/Learn/9.1_2014_04/Instructor/090_Course_Content/030_Release_Content/maria_small.jpegMaria R.

"I create additional course materials for remedial purposes. I want this material to be available to students who need extra help in my course.

I set the remedial material to be available to students who received a grade of 65% or less on their midterm exams."

File:en-us/Learn/9.1_2014_04/Instructor/090_Course_Content/030_Release_Content/tom_small.jpegTom K.

"My course is organized into weekly folders. Each folder contains an overview, a discussion, required reading, and a quiz.

I want students to read the material prior to the quiz. I use adaptive release to prevent students from seeing the quiz until they mark the reading as reviewed."

Best Practices

To learn more about using adaptive release in your course, visit the following topics:

Best Practice: Explaining Content Release

Without a bit of explanation, students may be confused when items suddenly appear. They may also wonder why some students see different items than they do. To eliminate confusion, add an explanation about how you are releasing content.

Best Practice: Approaches to Adaptive Release

Learn how you can use adaptive release to provide structure to your course.

Examples of Advanced Adaptive Release

Explore some examples of adding multiple criteria to your release rules.