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Adaptive Release

Adaptive release is the process of restricting access to specific course materials and activities based on a set of one or more criterion.

Adaptive release is the availability of course content based on rules set by the instructor. Each rule consists of a set of criteria, of which there are four types:

  • Date – on, until, or between specific dates
  • Membership – to a specific student or group of students
  • Grade – to students who have submitted an assignment, attempted a test, or received a certain grade
  • Review status – to students who have confirmed that they've reviewed a specific content item

Basic Adaptive Release:

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. More criteria makes it more difficult for students to gain access.

Example: An online test made available on a specific date and time, availability of content to students who are members of a particular group.

Advanced Adaptive Release:

With advanced adaptive release, you can set more complex release criteria. For example, you can add more criteria to a rule, or you can specify different options for releasing the content. Students must meet all of the criteria of one of the rules to gain access.

Example: You can make lecture notes available in week five but also make it available earlier to students who mark all previous content items as reviewed.

Use-Cases (Basic Adaptive Release):

Use Case 1 – (Basic) Adaptive Release

Presentation assignments are planned, with one of three topic that students can select from. Each topic has its specific Resources folder providing material from which students will compile their presentation.

Access to specific Resources must be limited to those students who have joined a specific presentation topic Group.

Signup Sheets (using self-enrol Groups) allow students the choice of topic.

Based exclusively on their Group membership, the students will be allowed access to Resources associated with the topic they have selected. They will not see the folders of Resources for the Groups to which they do not belong.

Adaptive release rule is attached to specific folders of content resources based on a Group membership criterion.


Use-Cases (Advanced Adaptive Release)

Use Case 2 – Advanced Adaptive Release – ‘OR’ scenario

Three debates are planned, each with a separate topic. Each topic has its specific Resources folder.

Signup Sheets allow students to join any debate on either the FOR side or the AGAINST side.

Each debate topic has its own (Group Set) Signup Sheet with two Groups – FOR and AGAINST.

Students joining a debate, on either side of the argument, will be allowed to access their chosen topic’s Resources folder.

Advanced Adaptive Release is attached to the folders, to hide them until a student has joined either a FOR or an AGAINST Group.

(A further refinement would be to limit the choice to one FOR and one AGAINST group. This could be achieved with two sets of signup sheets – one FOR and the other AGAINST, where an AAR Rule on the second signup sheet (AGAINST) limits to only those with an existing membership of one of the FOR groups. )

In Advanced Adaptive Release, one Rule can only have an ‘OR’ relationship with another. This means that students who meet either (or any) of two (or more) Rules, will be allowed through the Adaptive Release barrier.

Unlike Basic, Advanced allows the same Criteria type to be assigned multiple times to a single Rule.


Use Case 4 – Advanced Adaptive Release – ‘AND’ scenario

In order to go on one of four field trips, students must successfully complete two short quizzes:

  1. Quiz about the field trip location they intend to sign up for. The difficult questions force the students to research the location and multiple attempts are allowed.
  2. Health & Safety quiz focused on field trip risks with multiple attempts allowed.

Students must pass both quizzes: 8 out of 10 for the Location quiz  and 10 out of 10 for H&S.

Sign Up Sheets allow the students to ‘book on’ specific field trips.

One Advanced Adaptive Release Rule, with two Grade-based Criteria, is attached to the SignUp Sheets, such that only students getting a score of at least 8/10 on the Location Quiz AND 10/10 on the H&S Quiz can sign up for a field trip.