Advanced Adaptive Release

CONTROLLING THE RELEASE OF CONTENT (ADAPTIVE RELEASE)
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.
The following options are available:
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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 the criteria of
one of the rules to gain access.
User Progress: View the details on an item for all users in your course. This page includes
information about whether the item is visible to the user and whether the user has marked the
item as reviewed.
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, the user must meet all criteria before the item is available.
Advanced adaptive release enables you to create multiple rules for a single content item, and each rule
can consist of multiple criteria.
For example, suppose you add a rule for an assignment to allow users in Group A to view the assignment
after a specific date. This rule would consist of membership criteria and date criteria. Another rule for
this assignment can allow all users in Group B to view the assignment once they had completed
Homework #1. This rule would consist of membership criteria and Grade Center completion criteria.
NOTE : Only one membership criterion and one date criterion can be created for each rule.
Multiple Grade Center criteria and review status criteria can be added to each rule.
VISIBILITY OF ITEMS WITH ADAPTIVE RELEASE RULES
Once you have established any adaptive release rules for an item, visibility of that item is restricted to
those users who meet the criteria of those rules.
For example, suppose you create a content item called "Introduction" in a content area. At this point, all
course users would be able to 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. Now, only members of Group A who have also scored 80 or greater on Test
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#1 will see Introduction. All other users, including Group A members who scored less than an 80 on the
pre- test, will not see Introduction.
If you have created 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.
NOTE : If you create an adaptive release rule, but define no criteria for it, the content will display
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 AVAILABILITY OF AN ITEM ON USER PROGRESS PAGE
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. 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 is displayed to show if the user has reviewed the
item along with a date and time stamp for when the review was registered for that user.
If you have created no adaptive release rules for that item, the visibility column is based simply on
availability of the item itself. For example, if the item is available, the Visible icon is displayed for all
users.
To view user progress:
1. In the Control Panel, click Evaluation, and then select Performance Dashboard.
2. Click the Adaptive Release icon for the student to review.
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3. In the pop-up window look for the content with Adaptive
Release rules to determine if the student has access to the
content item.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BASIC ADAPTIVE RELEASE AND ADVANCED ADAPTIVE
RELEASE
Basic adaptive release enables you to create one rule for a single item. That rule can contain multiple
criteria.
Advanced adaptive release enables you to create multiple rules for a single item. 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 that enables these users to view Test 1 after completing Assignment A. You
can set up a separate rule for Group B that enables them to see Test 1 after completing Assignment B.
UNAVAILABLE ITEMS AND ADAPTIVE RELEASE RULES
Item availability set on the Add 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 course developers to develop rules and only
make items available when finished with rule creation.
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 yourself 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.
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MANAGING ADAPTIVE RELEASE RULES
HOW TO ADD A BASIC ADAPTIVE RELEASE RULE
Basic adaptive release rules allow you to add and edit one rule for a single piece of content. This single
rule may have multiple criteria. For example, the rule may require a student to meet both date criteria
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 a content area on the course menu.
2. Change Edit Mode to ON.
3. In an item's the contextual menu, click Adaptive Release.
4. On the Adaptive Release page, complete one or more sections of the Adaptive Release page—
date, membership, grade, review status, and so on. (See below Adding Adaptive Release Criteria
for details about each type of criteria.)
5. Click Submit.
HOW TO ADD AN ADVANCED ADAPTIVE RELEASE RULE
Advanced adaptive release allows you to add multiple rules to a single content item. If you create
multiple rules, the content is visible to the user if any of the rules are met. Each rule may have multiple
criteria. For example, one rule may allow users in Group A with a score above an 85 on a test to view the
content item. Another rule for the same item may allow users in Group B to view the same content item
only after a specific date.
Rules that cannot be satisfied by any user will be noted because they will not provide any access to the
specified content item.
1. Access a content area on the course menu.
2. Change Edit Mode to ON.
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3. In an item's contextual menu, click Adaptive Release: Advanced.
4. On the Adaptive Release: Advanced page, click Create Rule.
5. On the Add Rule page, type a name for the rule and click Submit.
6. Point to Create Criteria and select date, grade, or membership, and fill in the criteria. Click
Submit when the rule is complete.
7. On the action bar, click Review Status to add this type of criteria to the advanced adaptive
release rule. Browse and select the content item to be reviewed before the content is released.
8. Repeat Steps 6 and 7 to add multiple criteria to an item.
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HOW TO COPY AN ADAPTIVE RELEASE RULE
You may find it easier to copy an existing adaptive release rule rather than creating a new one from
scratch. After the rule is copied, you can change the name and edit the rule. Rules may only be copied
within a single content item; a rule from one content item may not be copied to another content item.
1. Access a content area on the course menu.
2. Change Edit Mode to ON.
3. In an item's contextual menu, click Adaptive Release: Advanced.
4. On the Adaptive Release: Advanced page, select the check box next to the rule you want to
copy and select Copy on the action bar.
5. An exact replica of the rule appears at the bottom of the list. It has the same name as the
original rule starting with "Copy of."
6. In the copied rule's contextual menu, click Edit Criteria to make changes to the name or criteria.
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EDITING AN ADAPTIVE RELEASE RULE
You edit and manage rules on the Adaptive Release page. You manage the criteria of a rule and the
name of a rule separately.
HOW TO CHANGE THE NAME OF AN ADAPTIVE RELEASE RULE
1. Access a content area on the course menu.
2. Change Edit Mode to ON.
3. In an item's contextual menu, click Adaptive Release: Advanced.
4. On the Adaptive Release: Advanced page, select Manage from the rule's contextual menu.
5. On the Manage Rule page, edit the Rule Name and select Submit.
HOW TO EDIT THE CRITERIA OF AN ADVANCED ADAPTIVE RELEASE RULE
1. Access a content area on the course menu.
2. Change Edit Mode to ON.
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3. In an item's contextual menu, click Adaptive Release: Advanced.
4. On the Adaptive Release: Advanced page, select Edit Criteria next to the rule you want to
update.
5. On the Manage Criteria page, you can add, edit, or delete criteria.
6. Click OK when the changes are complete.
7. Repeat as needed.
HOW TO EDIT A BASIC ADAPTIVE RELEASE RULE
1. Access a content area on the course menu.
2. Change Edit Mode to ON.
3. In an item's contextual menu, click Adaptive Release: Advanced.
4. On the Adaptive Release: Advanced page, make any necessary changes and click Submit.
NOTE : Use these steps to edit a rule with one criterion created on the Advanced
Adaptive Release page.
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HOW TO DELETE AN ADAPTIVE RELEASE RULE
You can delete both advanced and basic adaptive release rules on the Adaptive Release: Advanced page.
1. Access a content area on the course menu.
2. Change Edit Mode to ON.
3. In an item's contextual menu, click Adaptive Release: Advanced.
4. On the Adaptive Release: Advanced page, select the rule or rules to
delete.
5. Click Delete.
ADDING ADAPTIVE RELEASE CRITERIA
ABOUT ADAPTIVE RELEASE CRITERIA
Criteria are the parts that define an adaptive release rule. You can apply one or more criteria to each
rule. For example, one rule may make content available after a specific date, while another rule, with
multiple criteria, may make content available to a course group after a specific date.
The following table describes available criteria.
Criteria
Date and Time
Username
Course Groups
Grade Center Column
Grade Center: Item with at
least one attempt
Description
Display content based on a date or time. Options include:
• After a specific date
• Until a specific date
• Within a time frame
Display content to one or more users.
Display content to members of one or more groups in a course.
Display content item to users based a grade or a calculated column.
Display content based on a recorded attempt by the user, instead of a
required score. For example, if a student has completed the test or a
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Criteria
Grade Center: Item with a
specific score
Grade Center: Item with a
score between X and Y
Review Status an item
Description
grade has been entered for a submitted assignment.
Display content based on a required score. Options include:
• Less than or equal to
• Greater than or equal to
• Equal to
Display content based on a range of scores. For example, if a student
scores between 85 and 100 on an exam.
Display content to the user only after an associated item has been marked
as Reviewed.
ABOUT DATE CRITERIA
Date criteria enable content to be displayed according to date and time. Content may be displayed after
a specific date, until a specific date, or within a time frame.
You can set date restrictions when creating or editing an item, when adding a date criterion in an
adaptive release rule, or both. For example, suppose you make an item available during creation from
December 1 to December 30. You can use adaptive release to extend the availability to a small group of
users until January 15.
NOTE : If you change the date on the item itself, for example on the Edit Item page, and an
adaptive release date criteria already exist, a warning message appears. The same is true if you
attempt to add adaptive release date criteria and a date for the item has been set on the Add or
Edit Item page.
HOW TO ADD DATE CRITERIA TO A RULE
Date criteria are created with the same information for basic adaptive release rules and advanced
adaptive release rules. You can add more criteria to a rule, in addition to date criteria, to further narrow
the availability of an item.
Use the following steps to add date criteria to an advanced adaptive release rule.
1. Access a content area on the course menu.
2. Change Edit Mode to ON.
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3. Select Adaptive Release: Advanced from the contextual menu for an item.
4. On the Adaptive Release: Advanced page, click Create Rule.
5. On the Add Rule page, type a name for the rule and click Submit.
-OROn the Adaptive Release page, select Edit from the contextual menu for an existing rule to edit
its criteria.
6. On the action bar, point to Create Criteria and select Date. The Date page appears.
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Date Criteria
Display an item
after a specific date
Display an item
until a specific date
Setting
Select the check box next to Display After. Select a date and time using the
selection menus. The item will appear to users after this date and time.
Select the check box next to Display Until. Select a date and time using the
selection menus. The item will appear to users until this date and time.
ABOUT MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA
Membership criteria allow content to be displayed according to username and course groups. You can
set up criteria that use one or both of these options. You can make this item available to a course group,
or make this item available to a course group and other specific individuals.
MAKE CONTENT AVAILABLE TO SPECIFIC USERS
Membership criteria are useful for making content available to a specific user or set of users. For
example, if a student requests a way to earn more points for class, you could agree, but decide to not
offer this option to the rest of the students in the course. You would create an extra credit content item
and only releases it to the single student through the membership criteria.
MAKE CONTENT AVAILABLE TO GROUPS
Membership criteria may be used to manage content for groups within a course.
For example, suppose a class is divided into three groups and each group has a different assignment.
They are instructed to learn the topic and then present the material to the entire class. You have
materials specific to each group's assignment. You would load the material for Group 1 as content items,
and release the material only to Group 1. Then, you would the material for Group 2 as content items,
and release that material only to Group 2. This same process is used for Group 3.
When a group presents the material to the class, you may then change the release rule on that material
so it becomes available to the entire class. Alternatively, if you know the date of presentation ahead of
time, the date criteria may be used to make the content available for the rest of the class.
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HOW TO ADD MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA TO A RULE
Membership criteria are created with the same information for basic adaptive release rules and
advanced adaptive release rules. You may add more criteria to a rule, in addition to membership
criteria, to further narrow the availability of an item.
Use the following steps to add a membership criterion to an advanced adaptive release rule.
1. Access on content area on the course menu.
2. Change Edit Mode to ON.
3. Select Adaptive Release: Advanced from the contextual menu for an item.
4. On the Adaptive Release: Advanced page, click Create Rule.
5. On the Add Rule page, type a name for the rule and click Submit.
6. On the action bar, point to Create Criteria and select Membership. The Membership page
appears.
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Membership Criteria
Course Users
Course Groups
Setting
In the Username field, enter one or more usernames, separated by commas or
click Browse to search the system. Use the Course Membership window to
search for and select usernames to add to the field.
All groups in the course appear in the Items to Select box, even those that are
unavailable. Use the arrows to move groups from the Items to select field to the
Selected Items field. Content is displayed to all of the groups that appear in the
Selected Items field.
ABOUT GRADE CENTER CRITERIA
You can use Grade Center criteria to release content based on item attempt, item score, or a calculated
column. You can select a number of different score values, including the following:
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A score greater than a set value.
A score less than a set value.
A score that equals a specific value.
A score that falls within a range of values.
MAKE CONTENT AVAILABLE BASED ON GRADE CENTER ATTEMPT
Grade Center criteria are useful if you want to make content visibility dependent on attempts made by
students on tests or assignments. For example, suppose you prepare a pre-test for students to complete
before review materials are made available. This enables students to discover for themselves which
topics they should study more.
End-of-term surveys are another use for attempt-based criterion. Some institutions require that an endof-term survey is attempted at least once before the final exam is made available.
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MAKE CONTENT AVAILABLE BASED ON GRADE CENTER SCORE OR CALCULATED
COLUMN
Grade Center criteria can make content available based on a specific score or a calculated column in the
Grade Center. Many courses rely on progression, where students must learn one topic before moving to
another.
If you want students to have passed the assignment on basic verb conjugation before viewing the
material on advanced verb conjugation, you can create a rule that allows only students who have
received at least a 70 on the basic verb conjugation assignment to view the advanced verb conjugation
material.
You can also establish a range of values for content release, such as releasing an extra credit item to
users who scored between 60 and 80, and releasing a different item with more intense remediation for
students scoring below 60. In this case, you create two content items and releases one to users who fall
into the 60-80 range and releases the other to students who received less than 60.
HOW TO ADD GRADE CENTER CRITERIA TO A RULE
You create Grade Center criteria with the same information for basic adaptive release rules and
advanced adaptive release rules. You may add more criteria to a rule, in addition to Grade Center
criteria, to further narrow the availability of an item.
Tip: You can only select one Grade Center item for each Grade Center criterion. However, you may add
multiple Grade Center criteria to a single advanced adaptive release rule. For example, within a single
rule, you can specify a criterion that makes Project A available after Survey #1 is complete and another
criterion that makes Project A available after a score greater than 70 on Test #2 is recorded. In this
example, only students who have completed Survey #1 and scored higher than 70 on Test #2 may view
Project A.
Use the following steps to add a Grade Center criterion to an advanced adaptive release rule.
-OROn the Adaptive Release page, select Edit from the contextual menu for an existing rule to edit its
criteria.
1. Access a content area on the course menu.
2. 2. Change Edit Mode to ON.
3. Select Adaptive Release: Advanced from the
contextual menu for an item.
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4. On the Adaptive Release: Advanced page, click Create Rule.
5. On the Add Rule page, type a name for the rule and click Submit.
6. On the action bar, point to Create Criteria and select Grade. The Grade page appears.
7. Select the Grade Center item for this criterion in the Select Grade Center Column drop-down
list. Grade Center items are listed by their categories, such as assignment or discussion. Possible
points are also included to help you determine the score range.
Grade Center Condition
User has at least one attempt for this item
Make content available based on less
than, greater than, or equal to score
Make content available for a score within
a range of values
Setting
Select the option User has at least one attempt for this
item to release the content based on a submitted attempt
rather than the score achieved.
Use the options in the Score drop-down list to select Less
Than, Greater Than, or Equal To. Type a numeric score in
the box for the score threshold.
Select the option Score Between or Percent Between.
Type the range of values in the boxes.
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ABOUT REVIEW STATUS CRITERIA
You can use review status criteria to release content based on the user’s review of a specific content
item.
For example, you can create a criterion that makes Assignment #1 available only after students have
marked Homework #1 reviewed.
HOW TO ADD REVIEW STATUS CRITERIA TO A RULE
You create review status criteria with the same information for basic adaptive release rules and
advanced adaptive release rules. You can add more criteria to a rule, in addition to review status, to
further narrow the availability of an item. You can apply review status to a learning module but not to
the individual files within a learning module.
Use the following steps to add a review status criterion to an advanced adaptive release rule.
-OROn the Adaptive Release page, select Edit from the contextual menu for an existing rule to edit its
criteria.
1. Access a content area on the course menu.
2. Change Edit Mode to ON.
3. Select Adaptive Release: Advanced from the contextual menu for an item.
4. On the Adaptive Release: Advanced page, click Create Rule.
5. On the Add Rule page, type a name for the rule and click Submit.
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6. On the action bar, click Review Status.
7. On the Review Status page, select Browse to open the course map. Click an item in the map to
select it for review status criteria. Review status will be turned on for this item. Users must mark
the item reviewed before the content including this rule is available.
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