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Release Content

Adaptive release controls the release of content to users based on a set of rules you create. The rules may be related to availability, date and time, individual users, group membership, scores or attempts on any Grade Center item, calculated columns in Grade Center, or review status of an item in your course.

You can use two types of adaptive release:

  • Adaptive Release: Create basic rules for an item. You can only create one rule per item, but the rule can have multiple criteria, all of which must be met.
  • 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 A allowing users to view Test 1 after completing Assignment A. You can set up a separate rule for Group B allowing them to see Test 1 after completing Assignment B.

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 and Criteria

A basic adaptive release rule consists of a set of criteria that defines the visibility of a content item to users. If a rule has multiple criteria, a user must meet all criteria before the item is available. Advanced adaptive release enables you to create multiple rules for a single content item. Each rule can consist of multiple criteria.

For example, you add a rule for an assignment to allow users in Group A to view the assignment after a specific date. This rule consists of membership and date criteria. Another rule for this assignment can allow all users in Group B to view the assignment after they complete Homework #1. This rule consists of membership and Grade Center completion criteria.

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

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.

Enable and Disable Adaptive Release

Your institution controls the availability of the adaptive release tool.

If your institution disables adaptive release, all rules that you created will disappear. Also, adaptive release related links on the Manage page will no longer appear. If the tool is re-enabled, the links on the Manage page reappear and any data associated with adaptive release—such as the rules—will be saved. Any adaptive release rules that were previously set also reappear.

Visibility of Items With Adaptive Release Rules

If you create no adaptive release rules, the item is available to all users in your course depending on the item availability and date restrictions set during item creation or editing.

After you establish adaptive release rules for an item, visibility of that item is restricted to those users who meet the criteria of those rules.

For example, you create a content item called "Introduction" in a content area. At this point, all course users can see that content item. Next, you create a rule restricting the item to Group A users. Now, only members of Group A can see Introduction—all other course users do not see it.

Next, you add another criterion to this rule, restricting it to Group A members who have received at least 80 points on Test #1. All other users, including Group A members who scored less than an 80 on the test, will not see Introduction.

If you create an adaptive release rule, but define no criteria for it, the content appears to all users. This is true even if there are other rules associated with the item. One blank criterion will allow the content display to all users.

View Item Availability by User

You can create one or more adaptive release rules to narrow the availability of a content item. It may be difficult to remember which users may access each piece of content. You can see which items are available to specific users on the User Progress or Performance Dashboard page.

User Progress Page

The User Progress page displays details on the visibility of a content item and the adaptive release rules pertaining to it on a user-by-user basis. If Review Status is enabled for the item, an icon appears if a user has reviewed the item, with a date and time stamp for when the review was registered for that user.

If you created no adaptive release rules for that item, the visibility column is based on availability of the item itself. For example, if the item is available, the Visible icon appears for all users.

Performance Dashboard

The Performance Dashboard page shows the availability of items, tools, and review status for a specific user.

Select the icon in the Adaptive Release column to view the course map for a specific user. The availability of each item and the review status is indicated.

This following table includes a description of the icons used in the Performance Dashboard.

Adaptive Release and Review Status Icons
Icon Adaptive Release and Review Status Icons
open eye Visible: This item is visible to the user.
closed eye Invisible: This item is not visible to the user.
check mark Reviewed: This item has been marked as reviewed by the user.
blank circle Not Reviewed: This item appears as not reviewed to the user.

View Content With Rules Through the Course

If you view content areas through your course as a student would with Edit Mode set to OFF, the student view is based on item availability and adaptive release rules. For example, if you use adaptive release to make an item available to a group, and you are not a member of the group, you will not see the item if accessed through the course menu. The same is true for unavailable items. If you add an item to your course, but do not make it available, then you will not see it when you access the content area through the course menu.