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Best Practice: Explaining Content Release

Adaptive release allows distribution of content as the course progresses, same as in a traditional course. However, unlike in the face-to-face environment, students do not see this process. Without a bit of explanation, they may be confused when items suddenly appear, or wonder why some students see different items than they do. No placeholder exists for items hidden due to adaptive release criteria. Students have no way of knowing where items may appear unless you tell them.

To eliminate such confusion, explain to students exactly how you are releasing content. For example, consider adding the following explanation to your course syllabus or getting started materials:

About Your Course: Accessing Content

All students access content using the Course Documents link on the course menu. Some content is released based on the following rules:

  • Date criteria: Some content is assigned a default release date. On that date, it is available to all students.
  • Review status criteria: Students, who are progressing through course content quickly and marking the content as reviewed, see content before the default release date.
  • Membership criteria: For group projects, the class is divided into several groups. Different material is released to each group. You will not see content that another group sees.
  • Grade criteria: Students must receive 70% on each test before the next unit is released for viewing. Students who receive less than 70% on their tests can access additional review materials. After marking the additional materials as reviewed, the next unit is released for viewing.