Using Adaptive Release
Adaptive Release allows distribution of content as the course progresses, same as in a traditional course. However, unlike in the face-to-face environment, students will not see this process, and without a bit of explanation, they may be confused when items suddenly appear, or wonder why some students see different items than they do. Since no placeholder exists for items hidden due to Adaptive Release criteria, students have no way of knowing where items may appear unless you tell them.
To eliminate such confusion, we suggest you explain to students that content may be released based on the date, the group they are a member of, the grades they receive, or their progress through course content.
About Rules and Criteria
To apply Adaptive Release to a content item, create a rule that contains release criteria. There are four types of criteria.
The following table describes each criterion and gives an example of how each can be used.
|Criteria||Item released only…||For example|
|Date||On, until, or between specific dates and times||Content will be covered in a specific order, and you want content available only after it has been discussed in class.
You have created the Midterm Exam for your class, but you want to release it only during the date and time specified by your institution.
|Membership||To specific users or groups of users||You divided your class into four groups and created different assignments for each group.
Specific students have requested more information on a topic.
|Grade||If a graded item was attempted or received a certain score, for example, less than, greater than, equal to, or between||You have created multiple review packages. One set for students who received 70% or over on the Midterm Exam, and another set for students who received 69% or under on the Midterm Exam.|
|Review Status||If a content item is marked as reviewed||You want content to be released only after students have reviewed a related content item.|
The number of rules you can create and the criteria the rules can contain, depend on whether you are using Basic or Advanced Adaptive Release. We will start by looking at Basic Adaptive Release.
Setting a Basic Adaptive Release Rule
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, making it more difficult for users to gain access.
QUICK STEPS: setting a basic rule
- In Edit Mode, in the Content Area, click the item’s Action Link to access the contextual menu.
- Select Adaptive Release.
- Select any of the four types of criteria by filling in the information for each one. Each will be discussed in the next pages.
- Click Submit.
To limit availability by Date:
- Select the check box next to Display After, Display Until, or both.
- Next to Display After and Display Until, either type the date in the format provided or click the interactive calendar icon.
- To set a time, type a time in any increment or click the clock icon and select a time from the list.
To limit availability by Membership for individual users:
- Click Browse next to the Username text box. A separate window will open to search for users. To list all members in the course, click Go.
- Select users by selecting the check boxes adjacent to their names. Click Submit.
To limit availability by Membership for Groups:
- In the Items to Select box, click a group to select it.
- Click the right-pointing arrow.
- Click Submit. The Group is moved into the Selected Items box.
Groups and individual users can be combined.
You can select the grade for an assignment or test that must be reached before another content item is released.
To limit availability by Grade:
- In the Select a Grade Center column drop-down list, select a graded item. Possible points for a Grade Center grade or calculated column are listed in brackets beside the column name. The drop-down list displays the columns by category, such as Assignment or Discussion, making your selection easier.
- Select the condition:
- User has at least one attempt for this item.
- Select a Score condition: [Less than or equal to], [Greater than or equal to], or [Equal to], and then enter the score in the adjacent text box.
- Score Between, and then type the scores in the two text boxes.
To apply Review Status to a content item:
- Click Browse and select the content item from the pop-up Course Map window.
NOTE: The Review Status tool is automatically enabled for the item selected.
Examples of Using Basic Adaptive Release
Here are a few ideas of when to use Basic Adaptive Release.
To release content on a specific date:
Use a Date rule to keep students focused, and to control when content is released as the term progresses rather than releasing all course content at the beginning of the term.
To release content on a specific date, but only to students who have received a certain grade:
Use a Date rule and a Grade rule together. For example, allow students to take review tests an unlimited number of times. However, you do not want the review tests to appear until the end of the unit, and only to students who have achieved 65% or over on the previous test.
To release different content to a group of students:
Use a Membership rule to release different versions of assignments or tests to different groups of students, or to provide additional or customized content items to different groups.
To release content to specific students:
Use a Membership rule to make additional review material available to students who request it.
To release content according to the speed each individual student is working through the course:
Use a Review Status rule to allow students to work at their own pace, so as not to overwhelm them or hold them back. Content can be released after it is reviewed by each student.