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Adaptive Release

Adaptive Release allows you to control the release of content to students based on a rule or rules that you create. You may want to delay revealing content for a student until after the student has achieved a certain score on a particular assessment or until after the student has accessed or viewed another piece of content. Content can also be restricted to specific students.

Some faculty members use adaptive release to require their students to achieve a perfect score on a syllabus quiz before the making the next level of course content available. Other instructors limit the visibility of assessments based on date and time (often referred to as "timed release"). Students who require additional time to complete timed assessments can be granted extended access to a version of the test or quiz.

For more information about Adaptive Release, select from the following:


Terminology

Rules: Basic adaptive release allows you to add and edit one rule for a single piece of content. Advanced adaptive release allows for multiple rules. Rules contain one or more criteria.

Criteria: These include date and time, username or group membership restrictions. Criteria can also be that the student achieves a certain score on an assessment or merely accesses or views another piece of content. A rule is only considered "met" if all its criteria are met.


Add a Basic Adaptive Release Rule

NOTE: Although Blackboard will allow you to establish more than one rule using the Basic Adaptive Release page, and it will appear to be fine, it will not work!  If you wish to establish more than one rule (e.g., the student needs to “review” a document and take a quiz before they’ll be allowed to participate in the discussion), you need to use Adaptive Release Advanced.

  1. Confirm that the Edit Mode is On in the top right of the screen. Within Content Areas, select the item to remain hidden until the rule is met.
  2. In the main area of the screen, select the Adaptive Release link by clicking the gray arrow button to the right side of item name. [View screenshot]
  3. Choose the Category in which to establish a rule. The rule can be based on date, membership, grade item or review status.
    1. Date – Set the Display After and/or Display Until options.
    2. Membership – Select individual students or groups of students.
      1. To select students by name, click Browse to search the roster. [View screenshot]
      2. To select groups of students, click the Group Name in the Available List. Then, click the right-facing arrow to move the group to the Selected List. [View screenshot]
    3. Grade item – Choose the Item from the pull-down menu, then choose one of the conditions: Attempted. Minimum Score or Score Range. [View screenshot]
    4. Review status – Click the Browse button to select the item your students must review. NOTE: You may need to click the Plus Sign (+ button) to drill down into folders and find the specific item. [View screenshot]
  4. Click Submit. If you selected the review status category, you’ll get a warning that the Review Option will be enabled for that item. Click OK.

Add an Advanced Adaptive Release Rule

Advanced adaptive release allows you to add multiple rules to a single content item. If multiple rules are created, the content is visible to the student if any of the rules are met. Each rule may have multiple criteria.

For example, one rule may allow users in Group A with a score above an 85% on an exam to view the content item. Another rule for the same item may allow users in Group B to view the same content item only after a specific date.

Rules that cannot be satisfied by any student will be noted because they will not provide any access to the specified content item.

  1. Confirm that the Edit Mode is On in the top right of the screen. Within Content Areas, select the item to remain hidden until the rule is met.
  2. Select the Adaptive Release: Advanced link by clicking the gray arrow button on the right side of item name. [View screenshot]
  3. Click the Create Rule button, enter a name for the rule (e.g., Take Quiz), and click Submit. [View screenshot]
  4. On the next page, click the Create Criteria button and/or the Review Status button to select the type of rule this will be (Date, Grade, Membership). [View screenshot]
  5. Choose the Category in which to establish a rule. 
    1. Date – Set the Display After and/or Display Until options.
    2. Membership – Select individual students or groups of students
      1. To select students by name, click Browse to search the roster. [View screenshot]
      2. To select groups of students, click the Group Name in the Available List. Then, click the right-facing arrow to move the group to the Selected List. [View screenshot]
    3. Grade item – Choose the Item from the pull-down menu, then choose one of the conditions: Attempted, Minimum Score or Score Range. [View screenshot]
    4. Review status – Click the Browse button to select the item your student(s) must review. NOTE: You may need to click the plus sign (+ button) to drill down into folders and find the specific item. [View screenshot]
  6. Click Submit. If you selected the review status category, you’ll get a warning that the Review Option will be enabled for that item. Click OK.
  7. Once you click Submit, you’ll be returned to the Manage Criteria page, where you can add additional rules. NOTE: Setting multiple rules means that satisfying any one of the rules will allow students to proceed. For example, if you want students to take a quiz and review an article before they go to the Discussion Forum, set these up sequentially. In this example the quiz would have a rule requiring review of the article and a rule on the Discussion link to require them to take the quiz. (This sounds more complicated than it is!)

Change the Name of an Adaptive Release Rule

Rules are managed and edited from the Adaptive Release page. The criteria of a rule and the name of a rule are managed separately.

  1. Open the appropriate Content Area.
  2. Open the contextual menu for the item and click Adaptive Release: Advanced to open the Adaptive Release: Advanced page. [View screenshot]
  3. Select Manage from the menu of the rule that needs to be edited. The Manage Rule page appears. [View screenshot]
  4. Edit the Rule Name and select Submit. [View screenshot]

Edit the Criteria of an Advanced Adaptive Release Rule

Rules are managed and edited from the Adaptive Release page. The criteria of a rule and the name of a rule are managed separately.

  1. Open the appropriate Content Area.
  2. Open the contextual menu for the item and click Adaptive Release: Advanced to open the Adaptive Release: Advanced page. [View screenshot]
  3. Select Edit Criteria next to the rule that needs to be updated. The Manage Criteria page appears. [View screenshot]
  4. Add, edit and/or delete criteria.
  5. Select OK when the changes are complete.
  6. Repeat to change any additional criteria related to the content item.

Edit a Basic Adaptive Release Rule

NOTE: These steps can also be used to edit a rule with one criteria created on the Advanced Adaptive Release page.

  1. Open the appropriate Content Area.
  2. Open the contextual menu for the item and click Adaptive Release: Advanced to open the Adaptive Release: Advanced page. [View screenshot]
  3. Make any necessary changes and click Submit.

How to Delete an Adaptive Release Rule

Both advanced and basic adaptive release rules can be deleted from the Adaptive Release: Advanced page.

  1. Open the Content Area.
  2. Open the contextual menu for the item and click Adaptive Release: Advanced to open the Adaptive Release: Advanced page. [View screenshot]
  3. Select the rule(s) to delete. Click Delete. [View screenshot]

Additional Resources from Blackboard:

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