Adaptive Release

Adaptive Release








Adaptive Release
Adaptive Release determines the visibility of content items to students based upon rules.
Rules consist of a set of criteria which may include one or more of the following:
Date – Content is released after a specific date, until a specific date, or within a range of dates
Membership – Content is made available to individual users or groups
Grade – Content is released based on item attempt, item score, or a calculated column.
Review Criteria – Content is made available after another item is marked as “reviewed”
Adaptive Release allows the instructor to add and edit ONE rule for a single item which
may have multiple criteria. This rule can contain all four types of criteria, but not multiple
instances of the same type. ALL CRITERIA IN THE RULE must be met before the item is
released.
Adaptive Release Advanced allows the instructor to add and edit MULTIPLE rules for a
single item which may each have multiple criteria. ALL CRITERIA OF ONE OF THE RULES
must be met before the item is released.

Steps
1. To use either basic or adaptive release begin with the edit mode ON.

2. Go to a content area
3. Click the arrow next to the item name to reveal a drop down menu
4. Select (as shown below) either
a. (Basic)Adaptive Release
b. Adaptive Release Advanced
5. Continue under (Basic) Adaptive Release or Adaptive Release Advanced below

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(Basic) Adaptive Release
1. Create a rule by completing one or more of the criteria sections of the page as directed
below (date, course membership, grade or review status)
2. Click Submit
Date Criteria
1. Select a Date/Time for Display After or both Display After and Display Until.

Membership Criteria
1. Click Browse next to the Username box.

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2. When the Course Membership Window opens select search criteria, enter student
identifier in the box provided and click Go.

3. Check the box next to the name of the student(s) who will be affected by the adaptive
release and click Submit

Grade Criteria
1. Select the grade center column for the item from the drop down menu
2. Set criteria as a score or percent less than or equal to, greater than or equal to or equal
to a given number you fill in the blank OR as a range of scores or percents

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Review Status
1. Click Browse to select an item which the student is required to review as part of the
adaptive release rules. For example you may require the student to review some
reading material prior to release of a quiz on that material.

Adaptive Release Advanced
1. With Adaptive Release Advanced you create each rule individually. Click Create Rule.
The Add Rule page appears.

2. Type a name for the rule and click Submit.

3. From the Create Criteria menu select date, grade or membership and fill in the criteria
in the same manner shown under (Basic) Adaptive Release

4. Click Submit when the criteria is complete.
5. Continue to add criteria as desired and click OK when all criteria have been added to
this rule
6. Click Create Rule to add another rule
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7. Click OK when all rules have been added

8. To set Review Status click the Review Status button

9. Browse and select the content item to be reviewed before the content is released. Users
must mark the item reviewed before the content is available.

10. Click Submit
11. Click OK

Example of Adaptive Release Advanced
Rule 1 – specified user may access the item during the date range shown OR
Rule 2 – specified user must have reviewed “Legal and Ethical Issues”

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In the content area of the course the items are labeled with the adaptive release rules

Once the item has been reviewed (Rule 2) it is noted under the item

More complex examples of how and when to use advanced adaptive release rules can be found
in Blackboard Help.

Visibility of Items:
Items that have adaptive release rules are visible to users who meet the criteria of the rules
you specify. If you create no rules, the item is available to all users depending on item
availability and date restrictions you set when you created that item or edited it. In neither
case is the availability made obvious to students. With Adaptive Release either the item is
there or it is not. When you set date restrictions on an item without adaptive release those
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restrictions are applied but the dates are not visible to students unless you type them in to
the item description.
Item availability on the Create Item page supercedes all adaptive release rules. If the item is
unavailable, it is unavailable to all users regardless of any rules established. If you are
making an item available to a specific student using adaptive release after the original
availability date has passed, you should clear those dates prior to setting the adaptive
release dates.
You can see which items are available to specific users on the User Progress or Performance
Dashboard page. See Monitoring Features > Monitoring Student Performance.

How to Edit or Delete a Rule
1. Select Adaptive Release or Adaptive Release Advanced from the drop down menu
next to the item in the content area

2. Edit a rule by clicking Edit Criteria in the drop down menu next to the rule

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3. Delete rules by clicking the box in front of the rule name then clicking Delete

4. Delete a Review Status by selecting Select Review Status (Enabled) from the drop
down menu

5. Select Disable

6. Click Submit
Additional Resources: Blackboard Help https://help.blackboard.com

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