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Basic and Advanced Adaptive Release

Two Types of Adaptive Release

Adaptive release controls the release of content to users based on a set of rules you create. To learn more, see Adaptive Release Rules and Adaptive Release Criteria.

You can use two types of adaptive release:

  • 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 you add to a rule, the more restrictions on the release of that item, making it more difficult for users to gain access.
  • Adaptive Release Advanced: Create sophisticated combinations of release rules by adding multiple rules with multiple criteria to a single content item. Users must meet all of the criteria of one of the rules to gain access.

    If you want to create different criteria for different users on the same item, more than one rule is needed. For example, you can set up a rule for Group Blue allowing users to view Test 1 after completing Assignment A. You can set up a separate rule for Group Red allowing them to see Test 1 after completing Assignment B.

The following table compares the two types of adaptive release.

Compare Basic and Advanced Adaptive Release
Type Number of Rules Number of Criteria or Rules Advantages
Basic One

The rule must be satisfied.

Up to four, but only one of each type.

All criteria in the rule must be satisfied, narrowing the availability of the content item to students.

You can set all four types of criteria from one page.

If you choose to add release criteria later, access your basic rule from the Adaptive Release: Advanced page and build on it.

Advanced Unlimited

Only one of the rules must be satisfied.

Unlimited

All criteria in one of the rules must be satisfied.

You can add multiple instances of the same type of criteria to a rule.

You can add multiple rules.

You can only add one membership criterion and one date criterion for each rule. You can add multiple Grade Center and review status criteria to each rule.

Examples of Basic Adaptive Release

Use the following examples to learn how to apply basic adaptive release in your course.

To release content on a specific date:

Use a date rule to keep students focused, and to control when content is released as the term progresses rather than releasing all course content at the beginning of the term.

To release content on a specific date, but only to students who have received a certain grade:

Use a date rule and a grade rule together. For example, allow students to take review tests an unlimited number of times. However, you do not want the review tests to appear until the end of the unit, and only to students who have achieved 65% or more on the previous test.

To release different content to a group of students:

Use a membership rule to release different versions of assignments or tests to different groups of students, or to provide additional or customized content items to different groups.

To release content to specific students:

Use a membership rule to make additional review material available to students who request it.

To release content according to the speed each individual student is working through your course:

Use a review status rule to allow students to work at their own pace, so as not to overwhelm them or hold them back. You can allow content to be released after each student reviews it.

To learn when you might use advanced adaptive release, see Examples of Advanced Adaptive Release.

Unavailable Items and Adaptive Release Rules

Item availability set on the Create Item page supersedes all adaptive release rules. If the item is unavailable, it is unavailable to all users regardless of any rules established. This allows you to develop rules and only make items available when finished with rule creation.

Adaptive Release Rules During Course Copy, Archive, and Export

Adaptive release rules and user progress information are only included during a full course copy that includes users, and during archive and restore operations. Rules and user progress information are not saved during a copy of course materials into a new course or during a copy of course materials into an existing course. They are also not saved during export and import operations.