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Adding Adaptive Release Criteria

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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.

Available Criteria
Criteria Description
Date and Time Display content based on a date or time. Options include:
  • After a specific date
  • Until a specific date
  • Within a time frame
Username Display content to one or more users.
Course Groups Display content to members of one or more groups in a course.
Grade Center Column Display content item to users based a grade or a calculated column.
Grade Center: Item with at least one attempt 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 grade has been entered for a submitted assignment.
Grade Center: Item with a specific score Display content based on a required score. Options include:
  • Less than or equal to
  • Greater than or equal to
  • Equal to
Grade Center: Item with a score between X and Y Display content based on a range of scores. For example, if a student scores between 85 and 100 on an exam.
Review Status an item 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.

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.
  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.

    -OR-

    On 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.
    Options
    Date Criteria Setting
    Display an item after a specific date 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.
    Display an item until a specific date 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.

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.

-OR-

On the Adaptive Release page, select Edit from the contextual menu for an existing rule to edit its criteria.

  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.
    Options
    Membership Criteria Setting
    Course Users 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.
    Course Groups 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:

  • 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 schools require that an end-of-term survey is attempted at least once before the final exam is made available.

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.

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.

-OR-

On 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 the 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 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.
    Create grade Center Criteria Settings
    Grade Center Condition Setting
    User has at least one attempt for this item 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.
    Make content available based on less than, greater than, or equal to score 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.
    Make content available for a score within a range of values Select the option Score Between or Percent Between. Type the range of values in the boxes.

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.

-OR-

On 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 the item.
  4. On the Adaptive Release: Advanced page, click Create Rule in the action bar to add a rule.
  5. On the Add Rule page, type a name for the rule and click Submit.
  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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