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Rules for Releasing Content

This information applies only to the rules you apply in the Original Course View to release content.

Your institution controls the availability of the adaptive release tool. If your institution disables adaptive release, all rules that you have created will disappear. If your institution enables the tool again, any adaptive release rules that were previously set reappear.

Two types of rules

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Add a basic adaptive release rule

With basic adaptive release rules, you can add and edit one rule for a single piece of content. This single rule may have multiple criteria.

For example, a rule can require a student to meet both date and review status criteria before the content is available. You can use advanced adaptive release rules to add multiple rules to a single piece of content.

  1. Access an item's menu and select Adaptive Release.
  2. On the Adaptive Release page, complete one or more sections such as date and membership.
  3. Select Submit.

Add an advanced adaptive release rule

With advanced adaptive release, you can add multiple rules to a single content item. If you create multiple rules, the content is visible to a student if any of the rules are met. Each rule may have multiple criteria.

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.

Rules that can't be satisfied by any student will be noted because they won't provide any access to the specified content item.

  1. Access an item's menu and select Adaptive Release: Advanced.
  2. On the Adaptive Release: Advanced page, select Create Rule.
  3. On the Add Rule page, type a name for the rule and select Submit.
  4. Select Create Criteria and select date, grade, or membership, and provide the criteria. Select Submit.
  5. Select Review Status to add it to the advanced adaptive release rule. Browse and select the item students must review before the content is released.
  6. Repeat Steps 6 and 7 to add multiple criteria to an item.

Edit or delete an adaptive release rule

To edit the criteria or delete a basic rule, access the item's menu and select Adaptive Release.

For advanced rules, you manage the name and criteria of a rule separately:

  1. Access an item's menu and select Adaptive Release: Advanced.
  2. On the Adaptive Release: Advanced page, access a rule's menu:

    Select Manage to edit the rule's name.


    Select Edit Criteria to add, edit, or delete criteria.


    Select Delete to delete both advanced and basic adaptive release rules.

Copy an adaptive release rule

You can copy an existing adaptive release rule rather than create a new one. After you copy the rule, you can change the name and edit the rule. You can copy rules only within a single item. You can't copy a rule from one item to another item.

  1. Access an item's menu and select Adaptive Release: Advanced.
  2. On the Adaptive Release: Advanced page, access a rule's menu and select Copy.
  3. An exact replica of the rule appears at the bottom of the list. The copy has the same name as the original rule and starts with "Copy of."
  4. In the copied rule's menu, select Edit Criteria to make changes to the name or criteria.

Visibility of items with adaptive release rules

If you create no adaptive release rules, content is available to all students in your course. However, you can change an item's availability or add date restrictions when you create or edit the item.

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

For example, you create a content item called "Introduction" in a content area. At this point, all students can see that item. Next, you create a rule that restricts the item to Group A members. Now, only members of Group A can see the item—all other students in your course don't see it.

Next, you add another criterion to this rule that restricts it to Group A members who have received at least 80 points on Test #1. All other students, including Group A members who scored less than an 80 on the test, won't see the item.

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

View item availability by student

When you create several adaptive release rules, you may find it difficult to remember which students may access each piece of content. You can see which items are available to specific students on the User Progress and Performance Dashboard pages.

You can check whether or not students can access your content.

If you made an item unavailable, the User Progress page indicates that the item isn't visible to students. The User Progress page also lists adaptive release rules that affect the visibility of an item. If you enable review status for an item, you can check which students have reviewed the item and when.

  1. Access an item's menu and select User Progress.
  2. On the User Progress page, select a column title to sort the contents.
  3. When you finish the review, use the breadcrumbs to navigate to a previous page.

User Progress page

The icons in the Visibility column indicate whether or not the item is visible to students. The Not Visible icon indicates the item isn't visible to students because of an adaptive release rule or the item’s availability settings.

A check mark in the Reviewed column indicates the student has selected the item’s Mark Reviewed link.

Check user progress from the Performance Dashboard

Review status is also available on the Performance Dashboard.

Control Panel > Evaluation > Performance Dashboard

The numbers in the Review Status column indicate the number of items that a student has marked as Reviewed.

Alternatively, select the adaptive release icon for any student. In the pop-up window, view which course content is available to that student, as well as which items the student reviewed.

More on the Performance Dashboard

Adaptive release rules and course copy, archive, and export

Adaptive release rules and user progress information are included with these operations:

  • Full course copy that includes users
  • Archive and restore operations

Rules and user progress information aren't included with these operations:

  • Copy of course materials into a new course
  • Copy of course materials into an existing course
  • Export and import operations

What do students see?

With the student preview feature, you can view a course as a student does. The system creates a student account—the preview user account. You are logged in as that student and enrolled in the current course. With the preview user account, you can check your adaptive release rules. For example, you can mark an item as reviewed to see if the unit test becomes available.

More on student preview