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Release Content

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Two ways to release content

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When you customize the release of content, you create a course that is more interactive and tailored to the needs of individual students. In the Original Course View, you can use adaptive release to show the appropriate content, to select individuals, at the appropriate time.

You can use two types of 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. More criteria makes it more difficult for students 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. Students must meet all of the criteria of one of the rules to gain access.

For example, one rule allows Group A members with a score above an 85 on a test to view the content item. Another rule for the same item allows Group B members to view the same content item only after a specific date.

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.

Rules and criteria

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Criteria are the parts that define an adaptive release rule. You can apply one or more criterion to each rule. For example, one rule may make content available after a specific date. Another rule, with multiple criteria, may make content available to a course group after a specific date.

You can add four types of criteria when you create rules:

  • Date
  • Membership
  • Grade
  • Review Status

More on rules

More on criteria

Releasing content in action

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

Shelby M.

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

I don't 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 isn't available until the following week."

Maria 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."

Tom K.

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

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

ULTRA: Release content with dates

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On the Course Content page, you can access the visibility setting for each item and folder in your content list. In the visibility menu, select Show/hide on date to access the item's panel.

With your keyboard, tab to the visibility list and press Enter to open the menu. Use Alt/Option + the up and down arrows to select an option.

You can show, hide, or use dates to release content to students.

You can release an item or folder on an 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. You don't want students to work ahead.

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

After you choose dates and times, your choices are shown with the item on the Course Content page.

Students see the date and time the content will be released. They don't see when content is scheduled to be hidden, but they do see when access to an item ended.

If you set a folder for release on a specific date, students can't expand or view the contents in the folder until that date. After that date, if all the contents have no date restrictions, students can view everything in the folder.