Setting release dates and restrictions for content

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By setting restrictions in the content area you are limiting access to the “link” to content only. If you have already set restrictions on discussions, dropboxes or quizzes, there is no need to further restrict the link to that item from the content area. Students may still access these items from the navigation bar, so setting dates in the content area is not necessary.

  • Who is this for: Online Instructors
  • What is required: A Desire2Learn course shell with your files organized in the Content area

Step 1: Hide or restrict a module

  1. Click on the module so it opens in the right panel.
  2. Choose Published or Draft from option to Modify Publish Status for that module.
  3. By clicking Add restrictions . . . you can enter a start date, end date and a due date.
  4. You can also add Release Conditions. Choose between these two options:
    1. Click the Create button to create a new condition, select the release condition you would like, and click the Create button.
    2. You can also click the Browse button to use an existing conditions, select the release condition, and click the Attach button.
  5. Click the Update button.

Step 2: Hide or restrict a content item

  1. Click the action menu for the item you want to edit.
  2. Choose Edit Properties.
  3. Choose Published or Draft from option to Modify Publish Status for that item. “Draft” will hide the item, and“Published” will make it visible in the module.
  4. By clicking Add restrictions . . . you can enter a start date, end date and a due date.
  5. You can also add Release Conditions. Choose between these two options:
    1. Click the Create button to create a new condition, select the release condition you would like, and click the Create button.
    2. You can also click the Browse button to use an existing conditions, select the release condition, and click the Attach button.
  6. Click the Update button.