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Adaptive release allows you to show assignments, tests, files, or other course content to students based on the criteria that you set. You can release the content to specific students, on specific dates, or only to students that have completed certain parts of the course. The content must be otherwise set as available in the content options. This feature is NOT compatible with the Test Exceptions feature in tests.

All criteria must be met in order for the item to be displayed. Criteria that you can use include:

  • Date: The dates during which you want to have the item available. If this is the only criterion that you want to use, it’s better to simply set it in the item’s options.

  • Membership: Specific students or student groups.

  • Grade: The student has attempted or received a specific grade on a particular item. NOTE: if you set this to the item to which you are applying Adaptive Release, students will never be able to access the content

  • Review Status: If you’ve enabled Review Status on other items, you can make the item appear when students list another item as reviewed.

There are two different adaptive release methods in Scholar.  Use the basic Adaptive Release module if you only want to use one set of criteria.  If you have multiple groups that will get access to the content differently, use Adaptive Release: Advanced.

Basic Adaptive Release

If all students need to meet the same criteria in order to access the content, use basic Adaptive Release. To do so, click on the dropdown menu for the content to which you would like to apply adaptive release and choose “Adaptive Release”

Adaptive Release Option

Next, you’ll be taken to a screen where you can set the criteria for displaying the content.  Remember that all criteria that you set on this page must be met for a student to have access to your content.


Date Range for Release

To set a date range that the materials are available, fill in the “Display After” and/or “Display Until.”  As Scholar requires very specific date and time formatting, use the calendar and clock buttons to select the dates and times.

Release Membership

The “Membership” section allows you to limit access to only certain students.  Enter the CNU ID’s of the users that you want to have access to your material (separated by commas), or use the “Browse…” button to search your class list.  If you’ve put your students into groups in your course, you can select the individual groups to view the material.

Grade-Based Release

The “Grade” section will show the content to students only once they have either attempted or received a certain grade on a Grade Center item. Select the relevant Grade Center item in the “Select a Grade Center column” field.  You can then set either a score or percent that the student needs to achieve, or simply require them to have attempted the assignment.

Adaptive Release Review Status

Finally, you can set the item to only display once students have marked another item as reviewed.  Select the item that users will have to review using the “Browse…” button. Please note that the item will have to have “Review Status” enabled.

When you have the criteria set the way you want them, click “Submit.”  Students must now meet the criteria that you’ve set in order to see the item.

Advanced Adaptive Release

Occasionally, a single set of rules is not enough to allow students the access that you need.  For example, you may want to give different groups of students access to the item at different times.  That is possible using Advanced Adaptive Release.  To access Advanced Adaptive Release, click the dropdown for the assignment that you’d like to apply the rules to and choose “Adaptive Release: Advanced”.

Advanced Adaptive Release

Advanced Adaptive release consists of rules and criteria. Each rule consists of one or more criteria.  In order to gain access to the item, students must meet all of the criteria for at least one rule.

To create a new rule, click on “Create Rule.”

Create Adaptive Release Rule

Give the rule a name, and click submit:

Adaptive Release Rule Name


You’ll then be able to add criteria by clicking on “Create Criteria” and choosing one of the criteria in the menu.  The instructions for the individual criteria can be found in the Basic Adaptive Release section above. The criteria will appear in the table in the middle of the page.  

Adaptive Release Rule Criteria

To remove a criterion, check the box next to it and choose “Delete”.  When you’re done, click OK.

You’ll then be taken back to the Rules screen and can create more rules.

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