Random Thoughts on Instructional Design
Adaptive release allows instructors and course designers to release course content based on rules that they create; in other words, you can control what content is made available to which students and under what conditions they are allowed to see it. Rules can be created for individuals or groups, based on criteria related to date, time, assessment scores or attempts, and the review status of other items in the course. For example, you can:
The following options are available with the Adaptive Release tool.
An Adaptive Release rule consists of a set to criteria that defines the visibility of a content item to users. Criteria are the parts that make up the rule. For example, date and membership are two different criteria types. Each content item may have multiple rules and each rule may consist of multiple criteria. To view an item, a user must meet all criteria before the item is made available.
For example, the instructor may add an Assignment to a course.
In the PDF documents listed below will step you through how the setup these three type of rules.
Blackboard allows you to track whether learners have met the review rules established for activities within your courses. The feature is activated and reviewed from the Manage area for activities and content areas.
The following tutorials will step you through enabling review tracking and reviewing the tracking status.
Advanced adaptive release allows you to create multiple rules for a content item. If a student fulfills one or more rules in the collection, the content item will be made available. Each rule may consist of one or more criteria; a student must satisfy all criteria to satisfy the rule. For example, if a learning unit has three rules attached to it, then a student must satisfy all the criteria in Rule 1, or all the criteria in Rule 2, or all criteria in Rule 3, to be able to see the unit.
If you plan on applying multiple rules to a given content item it may be quicker to copy an Adaptive Release rules instead of creating a new one from scratch. (Note: a rule from one content item may not be copied to another content item.)
The following tutorial steps you through copy process.
Rules are managed and modified from the Adaptive Release or Adaptive Release: Advanced pages. The name change and delete rule functions are accessed through the Adaptive Release: Advanced page.
The following tutorials step you through each of the rule management functions.
Please exercise caution when copying, exporting, or importing items from old courses that were previously associated with Adaptive Release rules. It is possible to prematurely release exams and assignments when copying content that have associated rules.
To assure that previously deployed Adaptive Release items remain unavailable in your new course, follow these steps: