Adaptive Release Tool

Adaptive release allows instructors and course designers to release course content based on rules that they create; in other words, you can control what content is made available to which students and under what conditions they are allowed to see it. Rules can be created for individuals or groups, based on criteria related to date, time, assessment scores or attempts, and the review status of other items in the course.  For example, you can:

The following options are available with the Adaptive Release tool.

We have provided you with three ways to learn more about creating Adaptive Release rules in Blackboard:

Creating Rules

An Adaptive Release rule consists of a set of criteria that defines the visibility of a content item to students. Criteria are the parts that make up the rule. For example, date and membership are two different criteria types. Each content item may have multiple rules and each rule may consist of multiple criteria. To view an item, a student must meet all criteria before the item is made available.

For example, the instructor may add an Assignment to a course.

In the next section we will step through how to setup these three type of rules. Note: Groups must be created before Adaptive Release rules can be created for groups.

To restrict the viewing of an assignment after a specific date to Group 1

  1. Turn Edit Mode for the course on.
  2. Navigate to the Content Area that contains the assignment that will be restricted.
  3. Click on the chevron to the right of the assignment. The Adaptive Release page will be displayed.

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  4. Check the boxes next to the Display After and Display Until, and then click on the calendar icon select the dates and the clock icon to select times the assignment will be available to group 1.
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  5. In the Membership area click on group 1
  6. Then click on the right-arrow icon to add it to the Selected Course Groups.
  7. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the [Submit] button to save your rule.

To restrict group 2 to viewing an assignment after passing a quiz

  1. Turn Edit Mode for the course on.
  2. Navigate to the Content Area that contains the assignment that will be restricted.
  3. Click on the chevron to the right of the assignment. The Adaptive Release page will be displayed.

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  4. In the Membership area click on group 2
  5. Then click on the right-arrow icon to add it to the Selected Course Groups.
  6. Scroll down to the Grade area, and then click on the dropdown arrow to the right of the Select a Grade Center column field, and then click on the activity that will be used for the rule.
  7. Select one of the following:
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the [Submit] button to save your rule.

To set review status restrictions on activities or resources

  1. Navigate to the module or item that will be tracked, and then click on the chevron to the right of the item.
  2. Next click on the Set Review Status link in the functions menu.  The Review Status screen will be displayed.
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  3. Click on the Enable radio button.
  4. Then click on the [Submit] button. To add the [Marked Reviewed] button to the item.

 

Releasing materials based on review status restrictions

In this example we will set rules that require students to review the Discussion Rubric before they can participate in the Week 2 discussion forum.  To create these rules:

  1. For this example we would navigate to the Sylabus Content Area and then click on the chevron to the right of the Discussion Rubric (item that will be restricted).
  2. Next click on the Adaptive Release link in the functions menu.
  3. Scroll down to the Review Status area.

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  4. Click the [Browse] button to the right of the Select an item text field. The Course Map will be displayed.
  5. Select the item that must be reviewed prior to piece of content or exam is released. For this example:
  1. The Course Map will disappear and the “Discussion Rubric” path will appear in the Select an item text field. 
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the [Submit] button to save your changes.

Note: In this example, students will only see the link to the Discussion Rubric. When they click the [Mark Reviewed] button, the Week 2 Discussion Forum will appear. Instructors will always have access to the hidden materials by turning the Edit Mode on.

You can also set up rules that are applied to specific students. To create rules for individual students:

  1. Assure that the Edit Mode is On.
  2. Navigate to the Content Area that contains the assignment that will be restricted, then click on the chevron to the right of the item.
  3. Next click on the Adaptive Release link. The Adaptive Release page will be displayed.
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  4. Enter one or more user names in the Username field (separate multiple IDs with commas).
  5. If you are unsure of the user name, click on the [Browse] button to the right of the Username box to search for the user. The Course Membership page will be displayed.

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  6. Click on the dropdown arrow to the right of the Field area then select either First Name or Last Name to search by.
  7. Enter a student’s first or last name in the Term field.
  8. Next click the [Go] button.

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  9. The user name(s) will be displayed in a Course Membership window.  Click in the checkbox to the left of the user’s name to be added to the rule.
  10. Click the [Submit] button. You will be returned to the Adaptive Release screen and the student’s user name will be displayed in the Username field.
  11.  Complete the appropriate rule fields then click the [Submit] button to save the rule.

Copying Rules

If you plan on applying multiple rules to a given content item it may be quicker to copy an Adaptive Release rule instead of creating a new one from scratch. (Note: a rule from one content item may not be copied to another content item.)

The following steps guide you through the copy process.

  1. Navigate to the Content Area that will have additional rules applied.
  2. Click on the chevron to the right of the item. Then click on Adaptive Release:Advanced. The …Advanced screen will be displayed.
  3. Click the checkbox to the left of the rule that you would like to copy.
  4. Click on the [Copy] button or the chevron to the right of the rule then click on Copy entry in the dropdown menu. . A copy of the rule will appear at the bottom of the list. It has the same name as the original rule with “Copy of” at the beginning of the title.
  5. Click on the chevron to the right of the copied rule then click on Manage to make changes to the name,  or  click on Edit Criteria to edit the rule.

Deleting Rules

  1. Navigate to the Content Area from which you want to remove rules.
  2. Click on the chevron to the right of the item. Then click on Adaptive Release:Advanced. The …Advanced screen will be displayed.
  3. Click the checkbox to the left of the rule(s) to be removed. (Multiple rules may be selected.)
  4. Click the [Delete] button.  The remove dialog box will be displayed.
  5. Click the [OK] button. The dialog box will close and the rule edit screen will refresh.