Adaptive release

What is adaptive release?

The adaptive release functionality permits fine control over content availability using criteria to provide/deny access to subject resources such as lecture materials, quizzes, and discussion board forums. This allows teaching staff to provide flexible learning paths for individuals or groups, and/or structure resource availability according to purpose (e.g. students should access materials in a particular order to complete a task).

What are the criteria?

Adaptive release criteria include the following, individually or in combination:

  • Date and time.
  • Specific users or group membership.
  • Quiz/survey attempt or assessment task grade.
  • Review of an item.
    Note: Students indicate when they have reviewed an item. Subject coordinators monitor student review status using the Performance Dashboard (in Control Panel >> Evaluation).

Multiple criteria in a single rule

All criteria within a single rule must be met for the rule to be satisfied and the item to be available. For example, if a single rule requires a quiz score of 3 AND membership in Group A then both criteria must be met to make the content available.

Multiple rules

At least one of the rules must be satisfied for the item to be available. For example, if Rule 1 requires a quiz score of 3 and Rule 2 requires membership in Group A then either Rule 1 OR Rule 2 may be met to make the content available.

Examples of when adaptive release might be used

  • Students enrolled in Chemistry 101 should not access practical class instructions for first two weeks of semester. Laboratory safety rules are to be visible at all times during semester.
  • Students enrolled in Chemistry 101 should read laboratory safety rules before they can access the practical class instructions.
  • Students enrolled in Chemistry 101 should read laboratory safety rules. To demonstrate understanding, students are presented with a quiz and must obtain a perfect score before they can access the practical class instructions.
  • Students enrolled in Chemistry 101 are from diverse educational backgrounds and teaching staff want to get a sense of the cohort without identifying individuals. A survey must be completed by each student before lecture notes are available.
  • Students enrolled in Chemistry 101 are divided into two practical class streams exploring separate topics. Only information relevant to each stream should be presented to students in those streams.
  • Students enrolled in Chemistry 101 should submit survey responses before practical instructions are available. On a specific date, even if the survey has not been completed, the practical instructions are released anyway.

Create a basic adaptive release rule

  1. Navigate to the page where the item you wish to manage with adaptive release resides.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Move the cursor onto the item – a down pointing arrow appears.
  4. Click the down arrow and select Adaptive Release.
  5. Select the adaptive release criteria you wish to apply from Date, Membership, Grade and Review Status.
    If you select multiple criteria, all criteria must be met before a student will be able to access the item (e.g. Date AND Membership AND Grade).
  6. Click Submit.
  7. When Edit Mode is ON the message “Enabled: Adaptive Release” will be visible under the title of the item.

Create advanced adaptive release rules

The Advanced Adaptive Release feature allows the creation of multiple rules that can be applied to make an item visible.

  1. Navigate to the page where the item you wish to manage with adaptive release resides.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Move the cursor onto the item – a down pointing arrow appears.
  4. Click the down arrow and select Adaptive Release: Advanced.
  5. Click Create Rule button.
  6. Enter a name for the rule and click Submit.
  7. Select from the items from Create Criteria to add rules regarding date, grade and membership, and from Review Status as desired.
    If you select multiple criteria within one rule, all criteria must be met (e.g. Date AND Membership AND Grade under Rule1).
  8. SUBMIT after all the criteria have been created for a rule.
  9. Click OK to return to the ‘Adaptive Release: Advanced’ page.
  10. Repeat steps 5 through 9 to add more rules. If you create multiple rules, any of the rules can apply (e.g. Rule1 OR Rule2 OR Rule3).
  11. Click OK.
  12. When Edit Mode is ON, the item will display an “Enabled: Adaptive Release” message directly below the title.
    When Edit Mode is OFF or if you are a student, the item will only be visible to you if you meet the adaptive release criteria.

Remove an adaptive release rule

Regardless of whether a rule was created with Adaptive Release or Adaptive Release: Advanced, it is best to use Adaptive Release Advanced to remove rules.

  1. Navigate to the page where the item with adaptive release resides.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Move the cursor onto the item – a down pointing arrow appears.
  4. Click the down arrow and select Adaptive Release: Advanced.
  5. Click the check box to the left of the Rule Name that you wish to remove.
  6. Click the Delete button above or below the rule table.
  7. Click OK to confirm removal.
  8. Click OK to return to the content area.
  9. Navigate to the page where the item with adaptive release resides.
  10. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  11. Move the cursor onto the item – a down pointing arrow appears.
  12. Click the down arrow and select Adaptive Release: Advanced.
  13. Put your cursor on the Rule Name that you wish to edit. A down pointing arrow appears.
  14. Select Edit Criteria from the down pointing arrow.
  15. Create Rule, Edit Criteria or Delete as desired.
  16. Click OK to confirm changes.
  17. Click OK to return to the content area.

Edit an adaptive release rule

  1. Navigate to the page where the item with adaptive release resides.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Move the cursor onto the item – a down pointing arrow appears.
  4. Click the down arrow and select Adaptive Release: Advanced.
  5. Put your cursor on the Rule Name that you wish to edit. A down pointing arrow appears.
  6. Select Edit Criteria from the down pointing arrow.
  7. Create Rule, Edit Criteria or Delete as desired.
  8. Click OK to confirm changes.
  9. Click OK to return to the content area.

This guide was last updated 07 Dec 2016.
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