Adaptive Release rules provide control over the display and release of content and assessment items. Items can be displayed to different students and staff in the course based on rules such as date or time, group membership, Griffith s-number, having read a particular other document, or on completion of a particular test, survey or assignment.

Additionally, content items can include a setting that allows students just to mark those items as Reviewed (read). This is useful to indicate to teaching staff that a student has read a particular item, but is also useful as a tool for students to track their own progress through the course content.

Good to know

Options for restricting the display of content

There are several ways to add restrictions to the display of content:

  • when editing the item, or the item options, you can choose to apply date restrictions. You also have the option to make the link available or not. (These settings will override Adaptive Release rules.)
  • you can add a basic Adaptive Release rule, which only allows one rule to be applied to the item.
  • you can add multiple advanced Adaptive Release rules.

We recommend using the Adaptive Release Advanced option if you are likely to need to make your content or assessment item visible more than once during a teaching period.

The rules are applied as follows:

  • Date restrictions on the item will take precedence over any Adaptive Release date restrictions. If you need content available at two different times, e.g. Nathan students can see it in Week 7 but Logan students should not see it until Week 8, you would need to use two Adaptive Release rules and remove the date restrictions on the item.
  • If the item itself is unavailable, an Adaptive Release rule will not change this. If you want it to be seen you need to change the Availability to Yes.
  • Adaptive Release rules are applied according to their criteria. Using Adaptive Release Advanced, you can have as many rules as you need in place, and they will change the visibility of the item to particular users as you specify. It doesn't matter if the dates and times you specify overlap.

How to tell who has access to an item

  • To check who has access to an item at any given time, use the User Progress tool.
  • To see what a student has access to across the whole course at any given time, use the Performance Dashboard.

Step by step

The basics

We recommend using Advanced Adaptive Release rules.  To set one up:

  1. On the contextual menu for the assessment, choose Adaptive Release: Advanced.
  2. Click the button to Create Rule.
  3. The system will give each rule a default name, e.g. Rule 1. You can change this to something more meaningful, e.g. "All students access" or "Logan students" or "Deferred exams". Then click Submit.
  4. On the following screen you will add your criteria. To any one rule, you can membership criteria, date criteria, mark criteria, or any combination of these. Use the Create Criteria button to add criteria:
    • Membership criteria: add a single s-number, a series of comma-separate s-numbers, or select any number of Groups.
    • Date criteria: add date restrictions. Note that if more than one display date range is needed, you will need to set up a separate rule for each.
    • Mark criteria: specify which assessment item students should have attempted or completed before they can see this item. You can specify that students who pass an assessment see one content item and students who fail see a different content item, by adding separate rules.
  5. Click Submit after adding each criteria. The Criteria Type and the description of the associated criteria will reflect on the screen after you add each criteria.
  6. Once you have finished adding criteria to a rule, click the OK button to return to the main Adaptive Release Advanced screen.

If you need to create additional rules, click the Create Rule button to begin the process again.

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