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FAQs: Releasing Content

This information applies only to the Original Course View. Your institution controls which tools are available.

I wanted to make my Chapter 3 folder available only to students who marked the Chapter 2 folder as reviewed. But now my students complain they can't see Chapter 2.

You may have applied the adaptive release rule to the Chapter 2 folder instead of Chapter 3. Apply the rule to the item you want to adaptively release (Chapter 3) and not to the item that is to be marked reviewed (Chapter 2).

I want to make an honors unit available to students who meet a certain requirement. But I only want them to have access to it in the second half of the term. Can I create an adaptive release rule that includes two criteria?

Yes. You can use any combination of the four criteria in your basic adaptive release rules. When you create your basic rule, use the date and grade criteria. You can't have more than one instance of the same criterion in a basic rule. For example, you can't set more than one membership criterion. If you want to use the same type of criterion more than once, create an advanced rule.

Students who satisfy all adaptive release criteria report that they can't see the item. What do I check?

Item availability set on the Create Item page supersedes all adaptive release rules. If the item is unavailable, it's unavailable to all students regardless of any rules established. You can develop rules and only make items available when finished with rule creation.

Verify that the item is available and no date restrictions exist that conflict with your current release criteria. You can check both of these from the Adaptive Release: Advanced page accessed from an item's menu.​

How do date rules affect what students see in learning modules and folders?

You can apply adaptive release rules to any item in your course: content items, files, links, assignments, tests, folders, and tool links. With learning modules, lesson plans, and folders, you can apply an adaptive release rule to the entire container or to individual items within the containers.

If you apply a date rule to an individual item in a container, it affects what students see and when.


You added a learning module and chose NOT to enforce sequential viewing. Students can see all content in the table of contents, except the one with the date rule set in the future. In theory, students could finish viewing the content in the learning module before that item is released. If you use the notification modules, students will be alerted that new content is available in that learning module in the future. But, students can turn off their notifications, so don't rely on the notification modules as the only way to relay information to students.


You enforced sequential viewing for the learning module and added a date rule to one item in the middle of the module. The table of contents links will end when the dated item is next. Students can't access the rest of the content until that date occurs.

A good rule to follow as you add adaptive release rules: Always use the student preview tool to see what content students can and can't access. To be completely safe, apply a date rule to the entire container and not to individual items inside.

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